Italy, 1976. Gilderoy is a long way from home.
His work as a sound designer for Dorking-based nature documentaries has not gone unnoticed. He has swapped the foley table of his garden shed for the glamour of the Berberian Sound Studio. Here, at the height of giallo horror, cabbages become corpses, your own voice can be over-dubbed and silence speaks louder than screams.
Peter Strickland’s acclaimed subliminal horror film is adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and Director Tom Scutt in this darkly comedic, sonic experience.
Tom Scutt's directorial debut has sinister edge
Tom Brooke stars in an impressively disturbing stage version of the cult horror film
Berberian Sound Studio's vision, ingenuity and sheer gobsmacking audacity has blown Robbie Collin ten feet out of his seat
Designer Tom Scutt makes an impressively unsettling directorial debut
The bells and whistles are all here – in many cases, literally – but it's frustratingly difficult to work out what, in the end, lies beneath all this sound and fury
Brooke is never less than compelling in his assertive dweebishness
Berberian Sound Studio makes a fine job of bringing a strange film to the Donmar Warehouse stage
This is a technically impressive production that practices what it preaches, with the play’s soundscape eliciting visceral reactions from its audience and creating a distinct atmosphere