Dear Esther Live

Sonica 2017

Blurring the boundaries between video game, ghost story and film screening, Dear Esther invites the viewer to a virtual Hebridean island of derelict buildings, forests and catacombs. Where are all the people? Why have we been brought here? And who is Esther? Putting familiar first-person gaming techniques to new use, developer The Chinese Room replaces shocks and scares with wonder and discovery. A spoken-word narrative, and the live soundtrack composed by Bafta winner Jessica Curry, respond differently to each individual playthrough of the game, meaning that no two audiences have the same experience of their visit to the island.

Game: The Chinese Room
Composer: Jessica Curry
Producer: Laura Ducceschi
Conductor: Thomas Blunt
Electronics: Scanner
Gamer: Thomas McMullan
Narrator: Ferdy Roberts
Soprano: Joanna L’Estrange
Pianist: Iain Farrington
Cello: Chris Worsey
Violin: Natalia Bonner
Violin: Tom Pigott-Smith
Viola: Rachel Robson

Supported by: Arts Council England, Music Beyond Mainstream Touring Production and Barbican, London