I adore the theatre. To be transported away from real life if only for a while, to learn, to laugh to be transfixed by the talent of actors is a magical thing. Members of my family both have had lots of links to theatre, my son as an actor and my son in law on light and sound and it's been heartbreaking through lockdowns to see their connections lost.
In my early print journalism days I was a theatre critic and spent many of my evenings at local theatres watching everything from big names in classic plays on big stages to tiny productions in small spaces with new talent. I loved pretty much all of it. (Although one truly terrible production of Death of a Salesman haunts me to this day)
Recently I was invited to check out an imaginative and innovative form of theatre by the creators of Darkfield Radio - immersive theatre through the medium of an app along with your own headphones and a sense of adventure.
Creating chilling, exciting and frankly, slightly disturbed productions since 2016, Darkfield Radio features performances for solo and group participation, at venues or from home.
I was given codes for KNOT (GIFTED), a trilogy which promises take you to a strange and curious world, transforming the familiar spaces in and around your home into something rather different....
You book specific times and dates for your performance and it's amazing to realise that you are experiencing the theatre simultaneously with people across the globe.
You are joined on a park bench by a woman who is lost in the city.
You are in a car heading both towards and away from the park.
In a meeting room a cyclical story, tied up like a knot with no ends, is conjured into existence by a collective effort.
KNOT premiered at the prestigious TriBeCa Film Festival in New York City in June, and then launched in the UK, US and Australia from 25 June for a six week run.