Dear Esther Live

Live Score by Jessica Curry, Live Game Play by Thomas McMullan

Explore the derelict buildings, forests and shimmering catacombs of a virtual island shrouded in mystery, in a live performance that blurs the boundaries between video game, ghost story and film screening.

Guided through a deserted landscape, the narrator’s fragmented memories of a fatal car crash and the island’s history converge, hovering in a half-imagined world between life and death, before the story moves towards an emotional climax.

Dear Esther Live is an ambitious real-time play-through of The Chinese Room’s ground-breaking game Dear Esther, with the story narrated by Oliver Dimsdale, and accompanied by a live rendition of the haunting score by BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry.  As the live gamer chooses his unique path, so the musicians and narrator respond, meaning no two visits to the island will be the same.

When games developer The Chinese Room first created the ground-breaking exploratory video game Dear Esther, it replace shocks and scares with wonder and discovery, elevating the video-game to a piece of artwork.

Now in the concert hall, the game is taken one step further, becoming a profoundly affecting live experience that lingers in the minds of the audience, long after the performance is over.

“A beautiful and thought-provoking piece of work. It is oil painting, poetry, eulogy and video game all at once. And it’s never less than fascinating.” The Telegra

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