Unscene Suffolk, Ipswich’s resident theatre company of visually impaired people, is delighted to be collaborating with Rationale Method to perform a brand new devised ensemble show incorporating beatbox-enhanced audio description.  

Nathan Geering of Rationale Method has formulated a dynamic approach to audio description which uses vocal sound effects to heighten the experience for both blind and sighted audiences, and has been working with Unscene Suffolk since February to integrate his approach as part of the creative process.

Ipswich-born, Nathan Geering was Artistic Director of the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony 2017 and recently received an Artists’ International Development Fund award to share his practice in South Africa. He has previously worked with visually impaired dancers at the Royal Opera House and is currently in discussions with a TV company to explore how his approach could be used to describe boxing. The Rationale Method featured on BBC Breakfast and at Ted X Bradford.

The Tree of Dreams tells the story of Ellen and George, who live a simple, happy life in a Suffolk town. When family politics and ailing health place a strain on their lives, Ellen starts to have disturbing dreams, full of strange noises and sinister creatures. Before long, she is trapped in a dream world, and George is struggling to save her. Members of the company have created a menagerie of weird and wonderful characters and worked with Rationale Method to incorporate beatbox sounds which bring the dream world to life alongside music and movement. The show will be performed at the New Wolsey Studio before embarking on a community tour including a free public performance in Castle Hill.

The project is funded by Arts Council England and the Foyle Foundation.

Performances: 6 July at 3.30 and 7pm (New Wolsey Studio), 10 July at 7pm (Castle Hill Community Centre). For booking information please visit www.unscenesuffolk.co.uk

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