Noises Off

 

 

250 years of sound technology at Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

2feetbelow ltd. have just completed an exciting interactive gallery celebrating 250 years of sound effects history in Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

Guests are taken on a backstage journey from modern sound design techniques, to analogue tape splicing, the importance of the voice, right back to hand made sound effects, culminating in experiencing the Thunder Run, a 1700s contraption which uses balls rolled down wooden troughs to simulate the effect of rumbling thunder in the auditorium.

Guests are invited to touch the walls to trigger a soundscape of noises, voice insights and demonstrations.

-Experience the role of a modern digital sound designer cuing up the mood effects and mixes for A Monster Calls.

-Experience how the theatre used analogue reel-to-reel tape splicing for the 1953 production of The Cherry Orchard using our tape slicing desk which uses video mapping projection to simulate the cut off sections of tape moving from the graphic desk onto the physical reel to reel player and creates the rewind and play movement.

-Create your own production of The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley. He used 11 stage hands and a garden roller pulled over fence panels to create his live sound track for the 1925 production. We’ve supplied you with the same tools, just much smaller!

-Roll a coin into the miniatureĀ  Thunder Run which demonstrates the working of the thunder sound effect and plays guests an excerpt of Timothy West’s ‘Blow wind’ speech from King Lear with the sound of the actual Thunder Run in the background.

It’s loud, noisy fun and there’s even a surprise fart and trouser ripping noise when you sit down on the bench.

The Noises Off gallery is getting a great response from families and is open and free to view whenever the theatre is open, except when there is a performance on-stage.