Audio Play: Carnival of Souls

A new, unique adaptation of director Herk Harvey’s 1962 experimental horror film oddity, Carnival of Souls, has been stripped and adapted to become an audio-only experience inside a darkened cinema, inspired by classic adventure radio serials and sensory deprivation methods.

Commissioned by Film Hub North West Central with an advisory group of blind and partially sighted audience members, the broadcast is relayed across wireless headsets incorporating binaural audio – a technique that creates the illusion of the action happening to and around the listener, forming a sense of intimate proximity. From approaching footsteps to whispered breath, you will be fully immersed in the unfolding drama.

The story follows Mary Henry, the sole survivor of a horrific car accident who begins a new life in a sleepy Utah town, home to a derelict carnival and dancehall. Still struggling in the aftermath of her accident, she is haunted by an enigmatic figure that slips inside her dreams, and calls her to the ruins of the former pleasure ground – about which the local Mormon congregation know more than they choose to reveal.

Featuring the voices of Amanda Hennessy with musician Baby Dee who has collaborated with Marc Almond, Will Oldham, Andrew W. K and Matt Sweeney. Script adapted by Len Horsey. Music and sound design by Euan Rodger. Produced by Sally Folkard.

Please note this performance takes place in near-darkness.