Blackouts. Pitch black. A void of obsidian. How ironic that this reflects our society at this present time. But we all know that darkness bears no light. Without sound we would be left to imagine what we would be seeing and without light we would have to imagine through what we hear. But without both, an uninhabited place of emptiness. Berberian Sound Studio highlights these key features of human existence and how they play an important role in our emotions. At a glance, the audience may have thought of the play as just another addition to entertainment, but deeper meanings were intertwined with the actions and words of the characters of the play. Like Gilderoy said himself, the microphone ‘records all the things we miss, or ignore.’ Just like in our society, we only skim the surface and fail to dig deeper into the ignored stories. The play’s dark meaning shines light on the darkest corners of our world. This made me really think about whether things will ever get better because we seem to just brush the real problem under the carpets or under our beds.
The juxtaposition of art and reality enforces the thought, ‘are we actually seeing the truth? Or is it one of the tricks of the game of life?’. In the production, there are countless times where we think what we are seeing is part of the play whereas there are other characters using Foley to make the sounds that we hear, as part of the play. This is very confusing for the audience. Gilderoy used to make sounds on his Foley table with sounds from his garden but the play is based in the Berberian Sound Studio. Throughout the latter part of the play, Gilderoy plays recordings of his mother speaking, who could actually be there with him in reality. However, the play ends with an elderly man facing into the studio staring at Gilderoy, who we do not know nor meet. It could be his father or his older self? So, the question remains: Did he ever leave the shed?