In a world that has seen Donald Trump elected president of the US and the UK vote to leave the European Union, we’re increasingly being warned about the potential perils of ‘fake news’ and misinformation.
An unsuspecting theatre company called Darkfield is the latest to fall victim – becoming the centre of a minor media storm in relation to its immersive theatre production Flight.
The piece, which is set in a model of a Boeing plane, premiered in Edinburgh in 2018 and has returned for a run at Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity.
A spokesman told Tabard that in a “slightly unpredictable turn of events”, the run has gone “mildly viral” after one news website referred to the show as a “plane-crash simulator” and syndicated the story to other outlets.
This description of the show has now been picked up globally – and drawn a lot of reaction on social media.
The spokesman for the show said: “The show is very much not a plane-crash simulator, or a simulator at all – it’s a piece of immersive theatre that relies on binaural sound, suggestion, and audience imagination.”
They added that audiences will end up being “very disappointed” if they go along expecting a plane crash or similar.
It sounds like Darkfield has had a turbulent time of it, but Tabard wishes the show every success during its run.
Tabard is The Stage’s resident gossip and diarist. firstname.lastname@example.org