Séance is built in a 40ft shipping container and debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, some sessions had to be aborted midway so audience members could get out. The immersive theater experience combines the concept of a traditional séance with 3D audio technology and sensory deprivation; it blurs the bounds of perception and reality and can therefore be overwhelming– and terrifying – for those who take part.
Participants go into the container, take a seat and put on a head set. Leaving their hands on the table, they receive ‘information’ through the head sets for 20 minutes while sitting in complete darkness. This doesn’t sound too scary until you realize that the whole experience is more like a psychological experiment to mess with you, because though the only senses being engaged are touch and sound, the audio is designed to make punters conjure up imagery and question what is real and what isn’t. So, instead of genuinely conjuring the supernatural, Séance’s creepy weirdness comes from inside of your own mind.
Besides that it all goes down in the pitch black of a shipping container, the organizers don’t recommend it for the claustrophobic or anyone suffering a heart condition.