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

Production details

  • Writer

    Daniel Marcus Clark
  • Director

    Daniel Marcus Clark
  • Designer

    Steve Fanagan (Sound Designer), Chris Timpson (Spatial Sound Director), Alban Bassuet, Anne Guthrie (Sound System design)
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    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 Availability

    From August 2015
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Unconventional Space
  • Minimum performance space

    9m x 9m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    The Tom Fleming Centre, Stewarts Melville College, Queensferry Road
  • Production dates

    18–29 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    110 MINS (85 MINS for main feature)
  • Audience capacity



  • Address

    Nelson Coach House
    Devon TQ9 6PA
  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Chris Timpson
    +44 (0)7888 695770

  • Contact at showcase

    Daniel Marcus Clark


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.