Fuel presents SOUND&FURYS


C Ward. 1914. In a makeshift hospital, behind the front line, the war's first casualties are treated. To boost morale, medical staff arrange for a Chaplin film to be shown for the bed ridden, the ward's ceiling serving as the silver screen.

For one soldier, the flickering images, whirring projector and Chaplin's perfect comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories, Cast from the trenches to childhood, from trauma to dreams, the hospital film show sets him on a journey into a personal no man's land.

Charlie Ward is an intimate, immersive sound installation for an audience of 10 per performance that lasts about 15 minutes. When the first trench lines were drawn, soldiers held up cardboard cut-outs of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp in the hope that the enemy would die laughing. But as the carnage of war set in, Chaplin’s image was put to a different use...

Using their distinctibe style- a total darkness, minimal lighting and immersive sound design- Sound & Fury conjure up the extraordinary experience of being a patient on Charlie Ward.

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About The Sound & Fury

Sound & Fury is directed by Mark Espiner, Tom Espiner and Dan Jones. It draws on the disciplines of theatre, Foley artistry, sound design, music and storytelling. Its key artistic interest is in developing the sound space of theatre and presenting new ways of experiencing theatre and stories by heightening the aural sense.

Their work has been twice selected for an Arts Council UK tour billed as the future of British theatre and has been included by the British Councill in its group of touring companies.

“The piece, for 10 audience members at a time, lying on iron bedsteads, lasts a mere 16 minutes. Like Chaplin himself, it is small, but just so.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ★★★★


5-6 Performances Per Day