Shakira, 16

Berberian Sound Studio. Even the title is creepy! When I found out that the show was a ‘thriller,’ I was worried because I do not like watching scary films. The idea of audience participation stresses me out, so to think I was going to be watching a live horror play made my stomach churn. In reality, the play was less of a ‘live action horror,’ and more of a psychological thriller. One thing that got me was the use of light and the sound (or lack thereof) combined, to create a freaky atmosphere. There was one specific point in which I was sweating as if I was on a hot beach; when Gilderoy was doing Foley tests for the final torture scene and he slowly pried off his thumbnail. Now, let me just say that I am not the one to be watching anything gory because it will freak me out and suddenly, I’m traumatised for the rest of my life. Although we couldn’t actually see him do this, it was the use of the sound that made me sick to my stomach, especially since the microphones picked up everything. I had to block my ears because the lack of images made my imagination run wild, which is not useful when someone is physically harming themselves. The show was also amazing at breaking the fourth wall in such a way, you felt as if the entire concept of the show had changed. For example, the use of Foley while the actors were in a scene. When the audience are first introduced to the character Gilderoy, it’s a voice over, so we don’t see him right away. Instead, we see Massimo and Massimo, making the noise of Gilderoy’s footsteps as he walked to Studio 7 and the sound of the door opening, causing the audience to question what was real and what was a hallucination, especially since the play was set from Gilderoy’s perspective. The play was bare creepy, but it was so good at the same time; although it’s not the genre I’d usually watch, I’m glad did because it was such a tantalising experience.