We make politically and socially engaged work by placing an audience at the centre of a surreal world that slowly opens up around them.
People often say that Forest Sounds experiences are funny, rauccous, and surreal. For us it’s all about playing with traditional performance-spectator relationships, and turning audience into collaborators for experiments with unforseeable results.
Forest Sounds began in 2015 as a Resident Company at Theatre Deli in Sheffield, and the company has since shown work at Alphabetti, artsdepot, Hull Truck, DINA, DNweekeND, UnShut Festival, Wardrobe Theatre, Rebuild Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. The Stage said Forest Sounds “breaks spine-bristling new ground” and the company have received positive reviews in The Stage, The Quietus, State of the Arts, RMC Media and Now Then Magazine.
We have worked with political experts, clowns, astrophysicists, students, sound artists, video artists, dancers, aerialists, comedians, designers, as well as commercial and non-profit partners. In our last show (in a building) A Party After End of the World we fully converted a warehouse space in Sheffield. The team of eight makers created a bicycle powered interactive dance floor – complete with VHS TV stack, bath-tub de-radiation simulator, aerial hoop solo-performance, and an amplified 12-foot tall robot head. The run was sold out and Samatha Williams (State of the Arts) wrote: “I found myself in a room full of almost strangers, giddy with the possibility of positive human interaction, and a new understanding that this work so subtly and cleverly has highlighted our separateness and brought us all together.”
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