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Flight — Darkfield

Strap yourself into a section of a real airplane, and prepare for an eventful and immersive experience.
By Sarah Ward
June 03, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
June 03, 2022
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UPDATE Thursday, July 28: Darkfield's Melbourne run has been extended until August 31 — you can nab tickets here. The following has been updated to reflect the change.

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Not content with terrifying Melburnians with just one unsettling shipping container installation at a time, the folks at Realscape Productions have just brought all four of their disquieting Darkfield experiences to the city. The four immersive shows have taken over a Chinatown lot, serving eerie thrills from Thursday, May 26–Wednesday, August 31.

Included in the lineup is return favourite Flight, which, like its siblings, involves stepping inside a 40-foot steel box, sitting in pitch darkness and listening to a particularly immersive soundscape while the production plays with your sense of reality.

If you're not 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 nerves and 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.

Flight sessions are running daily Tuesday to Sunday, with departure times at half-hour intervals.

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.

by Alex Purcell

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic.

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