The play is a psychological thriller about power trust and jealousy and it focuses on a woman who has suffered memory loss and the way her boyfriend uses audio technology to try to control her.
- Alex Bulmer, MA Screenwriting
What is unusual about the play is that it is driven by sound, rather than dialogue. It is about someone decoding and understanding the world through sounds, similar to the way Bulmer, who is blind, herself does.
Bulmer explains: “I started to consider my relationship to sound, especially sounds which are not expected, and sounds which occur as I move through space. Being blind, I don’t rely on my eyes to identify the origin of a sound visually”, she says. “As such, I can’t always quickly understand its meaning. So sounds can exist as noise, for a period of time, meaningless noise, until I am able to give context to what it is I am hearing – an experience that can be at best, intriguing, and at worst, profoundly threatening.”
Bulmer is one of the writers on the successful Radio 4 dramatisation of Hunchback of Notre Dame (2008). She is one of the BAFTA nominated writers of Channel 4′s Cast Offs and her play My Garden, has been selected as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad at South Bank, with Graeae Theatre Company. Ongoing work includes writing with the Big Lounge Collective on a new theatre piece called Assisted Suicide, The Musical, and an outdoor piece called Breathe, with several other artists, for the opening of the sailing events for the London Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Noise is a SparkLab production produced by Polly Thomas. Listen to it on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 20 March at 2.15pm
Find out more about Alex Bulmer’s work at www.alexbulmer.co.uk