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Shunt founders to stage immersive audio event on London streets

The performance takes place on the streets of London
The performance takes place on the streets of London
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A new immersive theatre production that allows audiences to tap into secret performances using an app will begin a run next month in central London.

Created by theatremaker David Rosenberg, and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham and Andrew Rutland, Wiretapper will lead audiences through the streets of London, allowing them to listen to the show’s hidden sound via a mobile app.

Rosenberg, who along with Rutland was part of the group of artists who founded Shunt, said the inspiration for the production had come from work the company had done with audio-led performances in the past.

"We wanted to take that idea into a public space. So much of our life now we spend with our own individualistic soundtracks, where there is increasingly less engagement with the public. One of the big motivations was trying to create connections between audience members who are wearing headphones in public," Rosenberg told The Stage.

Wiretapper will take place in a location revealed to ticket holders on the day of the performance, and the app's audio will allow them to follow the show through public spaces.

"The performances will be secret in the sense that we are hiding a performance within public areas. The general public should remain unaware," Rosenberg added.

Wiretapper runs from May 24 throughout the summer.

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