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REVIEW: RAW! ASMR (Auckland Fringe)



[Gonzo! The musical]

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) refers to particular audio-visual stimuli which trigger a person to expertise a tingling sensation across the head and the again of the top. 

Outdoors of youtube suggestions and ads, I’ve virtually no expertise with ASMR.

That ignorance was hammered house about 0.5 seconds into the present when creator/performer Amy Atkins requested the viewers what the acronym stood for.

The set is barebones – a trestle desk stands in entrance of a display screen, with a microphone stand within the far left nook of the stage. 

Projected on the display screen is the dwell feed from a cellphone digicam on a tripod, pointing on the desk.

The desk may as properly be referred to as Checkov’s Showcase – an array of assorted exhausting and smooth fruit are positioned in a row, like suspects in a lineup.

Whereas the present is designed for ASMR, all these fruit jogged my memory of a type of mannequin cities Godzilla would destroy. 

Directed by Sara Hirsch, RAW! is charming in its lack of deeper that means.

It’s ASMR, and it’s uncooked.

However what makes the present work is how Atkins makes use of silence, and quiet, to focus the viewers’s consideration and draw out suspense. 

Because the present progresses, she pushes on the viewers’s senses and sensibilities, including and subtracting the visible to make the expertise extra disorienting. 

Since that is Fringe and happening within the Basement’s Studio, it will definitely descends into chaos. 

Due to the gap of conventional stagecraft, that chaos is amplified by cinematic methods – lingering close-ups and – in a gloriously wicked contact – contrapuntal sound, because the sounds Atkins creates are separated, replayed and drawn out till they type a delirious wall of sound.

It’s ridiculous, it’s gonzo and it is rather humorous.

RAW! ASMR performs Basement Theatre Studio thirtieth August to third September, 2022 as a part of Auckland Fringe.

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