To Sleep To Dream
EarFilms is a company dedicated to a particular sonic format for storytelling. By using an advanced 3D sound system and blindfolding their audience, they create immersive, audio-only storytelling experiences, designed to empower and engage listeners’ imaginations without sight prompted visual imagery. Earfilms tell their stories through a combination of live narration and detailed pre-recorded soundscapes that create an atmospheric world similar to listening to, but not watching, a film. The company has developed this audio language alongside blind and visually impaired focus groups.
Exploring our relationship with dreaming and inspired by the endless possibilities of the human imagination, To Sleep To Dream is EarFilms' debut feature length production. Set in a dystopian world that could be a future vision of an Earth dominated by the impact of climate change, it imagines a society where dreaming is outlawed. Part thriller, the tale tells of worker Jack Richards who inadvertently slips into a strange world of resistance dreamers where, despite being relentlessly pursued, he is encouraged to journey deep into his subconscious. The Imaginarium - an exhibition of audiences’ recorded experiences that accompanies the show - celebrates the many diverse interpretations our imaginations can place on the same experience.
In the press
"Stunning…Surreal and magical. Your imagination is left to run riot... A sensory experience like no other" The Argus
"We come to... remove our blindolds and feel like we are awakening into a strangely new reality. A magical experience" The Brighton Magazine
WriterDaniel Marcus Clark
DirectorDaniel Marcus Clark
DesignerSteve Fanagan (Sound Designer), Chris Timpson (Spatial Sound Director), Alban Bassuet, Anne Guthrie (Sound System design)
Number of people on stage1
Number of people in touring company3-4
Minimum freight (depending on equipment availability at destination): 13 x Flight cases - 59cm x 34cm x 51cm Weight per case is 30kg which is a total weight of 390kg
Touring AvailabilityFrom August 2015
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400),
Minimum performance space9m x 9m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
VenueThe Tom Fleming Centre, Stewarts Melville College, Queensferry Road
Production dates18–29 AUGUST
Duration110 MINS (85 MINS for main feature)
The EarFilms team can offer a range of workshops, talks and residencies exploring 3D sound, exercises for the imagination and new techniques in aural and sonic storytelling. These can be useful for people across ages and abilities, especially those interested in storytelling, film, audio, theatre and public presentation.
These range from 1-2 hour seminars, presentations inside the 3D sound system, and workshops ranging from 1 day to 1 month allowing participants to create their own EarFilm style production.