DOUBLE presented by Darkfield
What Is It?
DOUBLE is an at-home two-person audio experience by Darkfield via their app, Darkfield Radio. It’s also the first broadcast on the app.
What Is It About?
You and a partner are instructed to sit in a kitchen, opposite one another, with headphones in and eyes closed. The show begins with a short introduction by a Narrator, presumably the person who runs the dystopian sounding Darkfield Radio. The action takes place in a room with a Voice who is suffering from the Capgras delusion, a condition in which the sufferer is
convinced that a loved one has been replaced by an exact replica with malign intentions. The Voice smashes and throws items in frustration and finally exits the room in search of their true husband.
How Did It Make Me Feel?
Unfortunately, the experience was very confusing. To take part in the experience, the show requires two people in a kitchen, however it is unclear why. At one point, both people are required to get a glass of water from the kitchen, but the water is never used nor referenced save for the beginning. The performance would not have changed if two people were listening while lying on a sofa or if one person was listening solo in bed. The experience claims that it’s immersive, which turns out to be a deception. It’s a shame because this audio show has so much potential.
The actual show is confusing as well. There is lots of repetition of lines and of disorienting and jolting sounds, yet no concrete story. The Voice explains that a demon replaced their husband, but it’s not understood where this Voice is or what they’re doing. The story ends after twenty minutes with the Voice deciding to search for their husband and with a tease to listen out for the next episode.
This show has so much potential. If the creators truly made it immersive and had each two-person audience interact with each other and their surroundings, it could be quite an amazing show!
DOUBLE is playing on Darkfield Radio Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday until the 2nd August 2020.
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