Show dates: Not currently available for booking

Performances: No current performances.

Duration: 90mins

For ages: 14+

Who's the show for? Fans of thrillers, mysteries, detective stories, HBO dramas and loud noises...

a co-production with Northern Stage and Warwick Arts Centre

supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust

Full credits for everyone involved in this show

Written by  Clare Duffy, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe Directed by Jon Spooner Cast: Rachel Gay, Viktoria Kay, Lauren Kellegher, Jerry Killick, Scott Turnbull Designer: Rhys Jarman Sound Designer: Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin Original Music by David Edwards Lighting Design Katherine Williams Projections by Will Simpson

The Noise

A remote island in the Southern Ocean.

A noise that never stops.

A massive iceberg in the harbour.

A body in the water.  

And a 17 year girl who is the only one asking any questions.

The island of Whitley (nr Antarctica, population 600) is home to ‘The Noise’ – a weird, ever changing, always present sound that makes the islanders… different. Nobody knows what causes it and, because it’s all they’ve ever known, everyone has stopped asking. Only 17 year old Charlie and her best friend Harry, a local scientist, are still looking for the answers.

When a massive iceberg drifts improbably into the harbour one night and a body washes up soon after, Charlie finds there is no-one left she can trust and sets out on her own to uncover the truth and the source of The Noise.

An edge of the seat, sci-conspiracy thriller that is a sonic and visual feast.

‘The excellent Unlimited Theatre… a company that has always combined infinite thoughtfulness with theatrical flair.” The Guardian

Being about noise/sound we’re working with long term collaborators David Edwards (aka electronic musician Minotaur Shock) who’s composing original music for the show and sound designer by Gareth Fry (who we’ve previously worked on to make Zero Degrees & Drifting in 2004) and who more recently created the soundscape for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Regular stage designer Rhys Jarman (who also designed The Moon The Moon, Mission To Mars and Money the Gameshow with us) and lighting designer Katherine Williams are working closely with Jon to make the staging of the show look gorgeous.

Welcome to the new show. We hope you can make it…

The excellent Unlimited Theatre… a company that has always combined infinite thoughtfulness with theatrical flair

- The Guardian

The gifted Unlimited Theatre

- The Scotsman

Stunningly brilliant stuff

- Yorkshire Evening Post

News for this show

UNeditions - our new, digital publishing platform is launched!

Our new, digital publishing platform which enables plays to be read in a way that mirrors a live performance, is now live!


As of today, we have "officially" launched a prototype of UNeditions, which creates digital playscripts for mobile and tablet devices, as well as desktop computers. Playscripts on UNeditions can include elements of a live performance, like lighting and sound, and the project also takes “a bold new approach to text layout to create a rich theatrical reading experience”.

The prototype has ...

What is an "auditory object"?

More "The Science Bit" that we've been researching during the course of making our new show THE NOISE...

One of the scientists we're working with on this project is Professor Tim Griffiths - a Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neurology at Newcastle University. My favourite article of his is "What is an auditory object" which you can read/download in full here. Broadly what the article deals with is...

Objects are the building blocks of experience, but what do we mean by an object? Increasingly, neuroscientists refer ...

Locks and sound...

Here follows some more science behind the story that is The Noise...

the following contains spoilers for The Noise, so if you're planning on coming to see or read it, you might want to wait to read the following until afterwards...

In the course of writing The Noise, we needed to work out how we could use sound/noise as a key part of a locking mechanism. Since we're working with the brilliant Gareth Fry, we passed this particular piece of research onto him. The link takes you ...

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