Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Dear Esther Live
Live Score by Jessica Curry, Live Playthrough by Thomas McMullan, Live Narration by Oliver Dimsdale
Immerse yourself in an ever unfolding story as Dear Esther is brought to life in a performative work not like anything you’ve seen before - with live narration from BAFTA-nominated narrator Oliver Dimsdale and live performance of BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry’s powerful score.
Starting on a small beach, only brooding cliffs and a small lighthouse in sight, Oliver takes you through the game, journeying from a desolate Scottish island, to a car crash on the M5, to a crisis of faith of a guilty heart. Find yourself on the lost shores of a dreamed shoreline… into a final ascent through the waters of madness to the release of flight. An enigmatic story that will take you through a deserted Hebridean landscape, memories of a fatal crash, a book written by a dying man – whilst exploring a haunting, deserted, island shrouded in mystery.
'I must look downwards, follow the path under the island to a new beginning'
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
Originally released in 2012, Dear Esther, created by developers The Chinese Room, quickly gained critical acclaim by favouring atmosphere, rich storytelling and extraordinary art, proving that videogames are capable of the same musical, narrative and artistic expression as film, visual art, literature and classical music.
Dear Esther planned their tour after their live premiere to a sold out crowd at Milton Court Hall at The Barbican in October 2016.
One of the most exciting things about this performance is that no audience is going to get the same experience. The playthrough – because the game really is being played live, which affects how the music and narration is ordered – can change every night
£18.50 (£14.50 under 26s)
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