Dear Esther Live
“A beautiful and thought-provoking piece of work. It is oil painting, poetry, eulogy and video game all at once. And it’s never less than fascinating.” The Telegraph (UK)
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 will have the same experience of their visit to the island.