COMA is the latest shipping container production at The Garden of Unearthly Delights from UK based company Darkfield. After Séance and Flight, COMA is designed to “slip into a collective dream.” After experiencing both Séance and Flight I do have to admit that while it was a slow start, it did affect me more than the other two productions. I could even say it was the best out of the three shows that played with my mind and I found myself drifting into another realm.
This time you are laying still on your back in bunk style beds in the same shipping container concept. On your left Is the option to take a pill. Do you take it? Should you take it? Will you take it? That is your choice. All is explained by the voice in your headphones and that’s when you are taken into the depths of pitch-black darkness.
COMA has a very clinical and sterile feel to it but it’s perfect for the narrative. The sounds and voices are haunting and eerie giving a more realistic sensory experience. I found myself questioning “who is talking to me and are they standing right over me?” For the first time I was in a frenzy over what was happening around me. My senses were in overdrive with fear and confusion.
With the darkfield shows it’s best to experience them with knowing as little as possible. That enhances the experience. If you are claustrophobic or have a fear of the dark then this may not be a show for you. It can be quite confronting. If not, then definitely check it out as they’ve upped the anti on sensory experiences with COMA.
Fringe review by Anastasia Lambis
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