I was terrified before even entering the venue. I had been warned that this was going to be scary and in the pre-show briefing we were told that if we needed to leave it would spoil the experience for others because the show is in complete darkness, so I was feeling the pressure. If scaring the audience was the aim of this show then it was a success.
To describe this as an immersive experience has never been closer to the truth; everything was so true to life, the perfect plane interior, realism to the extreme, it was very unsettling. Once given my boarding pass I had to find my correct seat beside strangers, get my seat-belt securely fastened, and be prepared for a bumpy ride.
Then I noticed a few things out of the ordinary for the average flight, such as the safety card showing the plane splitting in two, an omen of doom if ever there was one. There was no flight attendant in the flesh only on a screen, giving a safety briefing and then flickering to something more sinister. We put our headphones on and then were plunged into darkness. There are no real life performers in the show at all, instead using recorded visuals and sounds.
Use of sound through the headphones was completely believable, at times I really thought the person next to me was wanting to get past and I had to remind myself it was all in my head, or in my ears rather. It was completely horrifying, I was on the edge of my seat, my hands clasped on my lap, scared to move. If I hadn’t fastened my seatbelt so tight I would surely have been on the edge of my seat. It was really very scary. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it but I wouldn’t say that was the aim.
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