DARKFIELD examines life through your senses with COMA and EULOGY


Photo: Darkfield's shipping containers (Credit: Alex Purcell)

The Darkfield's team are back with two new multi-sensory shows, COMA and EULOGY. Working on the senses, the shows are a fascinating take of narration, senses and sounds, and there is much to admire and wonder about them - read below to see our review for both:



Photo: Eulogy (Credit: Katie Edwards)

EULOGY

Eulogy is a fascinating take on the senses. Working with an intimidating environment of a shipping container, with chairs that remind you of a prison, this show is a strong combination of the senses and a story that draws you in slowly to a culmination that is both scary and logical.


While there are many details to the story in Eulogy that draw you in - be it how they call by your name (according to the chair you sit in), or the incredible sounds that come at you, or the spine-tingling whispering that sounds that feel so real or the complete sense of labyrinth in it, Eulogy is more an experience than a meaningful show but it does show you what the potential of a show like this can be.


Playing on the idea of what the afterlife might be like, and the fascinating effects the imagination can have on you and how it can transport you through sound and surroundings, this show works very well at making you consider what life might be like after death but there is no clarity, just a sense of loss and mystery, and many unanswered questions.


Rating: 4/5


Photo: Coma (Mihaela Bodlovic)

COMA

COMA on the other hand is all about the body and the vulnerable sense of laying down in a room that is strange and alienating (yes- another shipping container). More than this, it talks about the placebo effect and whether we should all be part of a medical experiment (is is a placebo?) And interesting timing seeing that the world has universally embraced the pandemic's vaccines, but nonetheless the show does draw you in and your ability to dream or what can feel like another reality is very real - even hypnotic and a sense of what is real, can actually be questioned too. A great show - the story for this is more sensory than real - so enjoy the experience but that might be all here.


Rating: 3/5