Rather mystery tale than gore shocker, this audio play comes with some advice for the best listening experience – allow me to add my own experience to them: Borrow the biggest Sennheisers you can get, and even if they are noise cancelling headphones, you will be able to hear your heartbeat. In the dark. If you cannot find a completely dark room to enjoy BLIND, just dim the lights, lean against a warm heating (the Foley artist will appreciate this – oops, tiny spoiler). Wear a sleeping mask to block out the remaining shimmers from street lanterns and electric appliances. Mute your phones, and copy the link to the audio stream manually in a web browser (rather than through double-clicking which led to annoying buffers on the first listening attempts). BLIND can be enjoyed as a diet-friendly desert between dinner and the big washing up, as a treat after a long day on the laptop. And why not followed up by Ryots Production’s new horror anthology podcast? Looks like the makers around Emily Gilmour Murphy, Ciaran Galagher and Colin Doran have a lot more for our ears in the pipeline.
The voices of Martha Been, Niamh McPhilips and Aonghus Òg McAnally will guide (and mislead) you for thirty minutes through the Butcher’s Library, a building with a disturbing history. You might have told a ghost story before, but have you ever told a ghost story to a ghost? How would you know you didn’t?
The ending of this modern but in its core very classic ghost story will not be a big revelation to genre fans, but if the idea of visiting a haunted library in Ireland excites you as much as indulging and supporting the London Horror Festival from home, and Dublin’s Temple Bar is your favourite autumn destination against screen fatigue – BLIND is definitely one for you.
As much as or maybe especially because we all want our theatre and travel routines to pick up again without complicated test and visa planning, the humble audio play truly deserves to become mainstream media again.