If Valentine’s Day doesn’t go to plan – you could always try being guided through a date with a stranger by a voice in your ear.
‘Binaural Dinner Date’ by ZU-UK will come to The Lowry Thu 28 – Sat 30 March taking place in the Salford venue’s Tower Coffee Shop. In the theatrical experience, participants are set up on genuine dates either with their partners, friends or complete strangers, and a voice in their ear, as well as a Waiter and a Matchmaker, guide them through the curious urban ritual known as dating.
ZU-UK are an award-winning interactive theatre and live art company. The use of binaural sound, in ‘Binaural Dinner Date’ which allows the experience to achieve a profound sense of intimacy and closeness, is integral to the performance. Throughout the experience the distinctions between live and pre-recorded speech – as well as staged and spontaneous interactions – are blurred.
Persis Jadé Maravala, Artistic Director of ZU-UK and writer/director of ‘Binaural Dinner Date’ said; “Our choice to use interactive binaural sound is an attempt to re-design the popularised headphone experience. With ‘Binaural Dinner Date’ we explore the opportunities that may arise when audiences are both immersed and engaged, but also remain available for meaningful interactions with others sharing the public space of a real working restaurant.”
‘Binaural Dinner Date’ had its world premiere when it was produced at Theatre Royal Stratford East. The sell-out run received critical acclaim, and was extended due to public demand.
ZU-UK are a company dedicated to creating temporary communities out of strangers, creating exclusively interactive work which often takes place in a public space.
Audiences are offered a free drink, but no dinner is served as part of the experience.
Binaural Dinner Date
Dates: Thu 28 – Sat 30 March
Times: 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm