The Terror is a new music-theatre work that delves into the fraught space between sleeping and waking. Inspired by a childhood of recurring night terrors, this performance weaves the remembered, unconscious imaginings of a panic-stricken child into a hypnotic and hallucinatory sonic/visual dreamscape. Through live electronics, guitar and vocals, Heir of the Cursed and a male performer set memories into motion alongside a child who haunts the stage through ﬁlm and projection incorporating dream imagery from ancient folklore and autobiography.
Following one average sleep cycle, this mid-scale theatrical performance draws on research into sleep and parasomnia including the incorporation of visual data from electroencephalogram (EEG) electrooculography (EOG) measuring brain waves and rapid eye movements during sleep.
This performance explores a sense of apprehension at the uncontrolled and unknown worlds we enter once we fall unconscious and the terror we may ﬁnd there.
Composer/Musician | Heir of the Cursed
Director | Josh Armstrong