An immersive sound journey with Mortal Fools

Published: 5 September 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

When the World Is Loud

NE-based Mortal Fools, which aims to create high-quality theatre by professional artists working as co-creators with young people and communities, has launched an immersive audio theatre experience to “help drown out the noise of the modern world”.

When The World Is Loud is a narrative which takes listeners on a reflective journey, led by the real-life voices of young people and communities from across the North East. Starting somewhere familiar, simple instructions take the listener around spots in their chosen location. Listeners will pause to listen to original scenes and stories as they move from place to place, accompanied by original music and a soundscape. It was created with 30 young people and 10 professional artists.

Anybody, of any age, no matter where they are, can listen to When The World Is Loud and all that’s needed is a smartphone and headphones. It works in rural, urban and stay-at-home settings. It is free to listen to, but Mortal Fools, which is a registered charity, is inviting donations to help support its work with children and young people.

When The World Is Loud can be downloaded directly from the Mortal Fools web site and is also available to stream on Spotify, Apple and Podbean. Also on the web site is a “how-to guide” for those curious about what to expect. Details of how to donate can also be found there.

The inspiration for the project came from the challenges that 2020 presents. Mortal Fools wanted to create a piece of work that gives space for individuals to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and experiences of the contemporary world whilst celebrating community and reminding people of the things we have to be thankful for. It lasts for approximately 70 minutes.

“We wanted to create something that would support people’s wellbeing, help people feel connected and it was important to make something worthwhile, that helped people during this time,” said Helen Ferguson, Mortal Fools Creative Producer. We really hope everyone who listens feels a bit better about the world afterwards. When the World Is Loud will provide moments that make you feel happy, make you think and help you reflect on your feelings, combined with some great stories, inspiring community voices and brilliant original music and soundscape.”