Today it begins! The lines are learned, the story ready, now we begin the mammoth task of lighting and getting the sound in place for The Voice Thief. It's incredible how the design team have transformed the entire basement of Summerhall into MIEVH (The MacKenzie Institute for the Encouragement of Vocal Harmony). There is a Vocal Cocoon, an aural and oral decontamination passage, a laboratory for the capture and treatment of difficult voices and under it all runs a dark, dark secret that threatens to destroy it all.
I've just walked through the facility and heard a few of the hundreds of voices that Doctor MacKenzie has captured, voices from all over the world that are sent to MIEVH for treatment. I was also given 5 minutes access to the Vocal Periscope, which can pick up sounds from across the city, where I heard what sounded like a dog licking a cobble stone on the Royal Mile. The detail is incredible.
With over 2,500 vocal containers/jars, 3 control centres, 45 speakers, 60 metres of dance floor, 312 sound cues, 34 metres of aluminium tubing, 47 feather dusters and more mirror-balls than a Shona Reppe show The Voice Thief is going to be a deliciously scary show you won't want to miss. Tickets are on sale here and the audience is limited to 30 at a time so book now or be disappointed...forever!