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Flight 2023 — Darkfield

Strap yourself into a section of a real airplane, then prepare for an eventful and immersive experience.
By Sarah Ward
August 31, 2023
By Sarah Ward
August 31, 2023

Not content with terrifying southeast Queenslanders with their unsettling shipping container installations just once, the folks at Realscape Productions keep bringing back their disquieting Darkfield experiences again and again. The next chance to set your nerves on edge? HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast, and in the lead up to Halloween. The event inducing chills? Well, the fact that it's called Flight says plenty.

This immersive favourite involves stepping inside a 40-foot steel box, sitting in pitch darkness and listening to a particularly heightened soundscape while the production plays with your sense of reality. For those who aren't fond of flying or don't cope well with the possibility of things going awry in the air, you might want to stay away. If your stomach can handle all of the above, step onboard.

You won't actually be jetting anywhere, of course; however you will be strapping yourself into a section of a real commercial airliner, then pondering the many possible outcomes if the cabin suddenly happened to lose pressure. Created by Glen Neath and David Rosenberg, Flight draws upon the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics while taking attendees on a multi-sensory journey.

If you're keen, Flight's latest run spans Thursday, September 7–Sunday,  October 1 at the Surfers Paradise venue. Buckle up, and prepare to have your head completely messed with — unless you're claustrophobic, pregnant, or suffer heart or back conditions, in which case you'll have to firmly stay on the ground.

So fare, more than 88,000 people have gone on the Flight journey — so expect to have company as well.

Images: Mihaela Bodlovic / Realscape Productions.

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