Drown Out The Modern World With Mortal Fools #AD

27 Aug 2020


Is it just me or does the modern world get a little bit much sometimes? In between trying to maintain a work-life balance, keeping up with all the social media goings on, and of course, battling the anxieties surrounding all the bad news that's come our way in 2020, I think we just need a bit of a break. I know I definitely do! And this is what Mortal Fools believe too, and to help us out with switching off and tuning out of modern chaos, they've launched a brand new audio theatre experience - When The World Is Loud.

From Monday 24th August, everyone across the globe will be able to access this piece and become immersed in an audio world that takes them out of their busy schedules, and on a journey of discovery, escape and hope for the future. It encourages us all to step outside of our hectic bubbles and really unwind, providing a soundscape that we can really lose ourselves in and let go of any stresses. I think that sounds pretty spectacular, so let me tell you a little bit more about Mortal Fools and this exciting new experience.

Who are Mortal Fools?

Mortal Fools are a multi-award winning theatre, drama and creative learning charity who are known for creating bold, contemporary theatre pieces with young people and professional artists. Beginning as a small youth theatre group, running one-off week-long projects from a village hall, this charity has flourished and now works with hundreds of people every year, touring their work nationally and delivering bespoke training courses with individuals and organisations across the country!

Creativity and the creative arts are at the core of everything they do, which I'm a big fan of - not only because the arts tend to be cast aside slightly in this modern day and we need to rectify that, but also because they use the arts to help people unlock their personal brilliance. They're working with people to try and create a community where everyone is motivated, engaged and able to bring their unique abilities to help make the world a little bit better!

What is When The World Is Loud?

As I mentioned, When The World Is Loud is a new, immersive audio experience that is designed to remove us from reality for around 70 minutes. It features a creative narrative and promises to take you on a reflective journey, featuring the real-life voices of young people and communities from across the North East. Starting somewhere familiar, simple instructions will take you around spots in your chosen location. You'll be able to pause to listen to original scenes and stories, as you move from place to place, accompanied by original music and a soundscape.

It was co-created with 30 young people and 10 professional artists across the North, working on everything from the idea conception and devising, to recording and launching the final piece. Mortal Fools engaged the expertise of professional sound designers, Mark Melville and Matthew Tuckey, to develop a high-quality audio experience that is a feast for the senses for the listener and was an interesting learning experience for the young people and artists working on it.

The inspiration for When The World Is Loud came from the challenging and changing landscape of 2020 (which is still changing to this day). Mortal Fools wanted to create a high quality audio theatre experience that gives space for individuals to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and experiences of the world right now, whilst celebrating community and reminding folks the things we have to be thankful for. You know me, I love a good gratitude list and taking time to be thankful, so this is the perfect way to zone into that mindset.

We wanted to create something that would support people’s wellbeing, help people feel connected and it was important to make something worthwhile, that helped people during this time. We really hope everyone who listens feels a bit better about the world afterwards. When the World is Loud will provide moments that make you feel happy, make you think and help you reflect on your feelings, combined with some great stories, inspiring community voices and brilliant original music and soundscape.” – Helen Ferguson – When The World Is Loud project lead & Mortal Fools’ Creative Producer.

How do you listen along?

Just like a podcast, you can access When The World Is Loud totally free of charge on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Podbean (just search 'When The World Is Loud'), but unlike a podcast, this isn't something that you can listen to in the background of your working day. You're encouraged to stop what you're doing and totally remove yourself from routine to really listen to the piece. As I say, it's only 70 minutes, so you can get yourself cosy at home, out in the neighbourhood or somewhere away from home - anywhere that you're going to be comfortable with no distractions, then really unwind and listen to the breathtaking sounscape. You'll be required to move around too, so make sure you have space!

It's worth me saying that because Mortal Fools are a charity and they're hosting this audio experience for free, there is a PayPal donation link available if you would like to support them. They do incredible work and I know that every donation helps them to make their creative arts vision possible.

Who is it for?

The craziness of the world has affected everyone, and so When The World Is Loud has been made for everyone. All you need is a pair of headphones, a smartphone and somewhere to listen. Anybody, any age and anywhere in the world can listen to this piece, and Mortal Fools want to see your photos and reactions, so make sure you take some snaps! Use the #WTWIL hashtag to join in the conversation.

I think this is going to be a really exciting and interesting piece, so I can't wait to listen and experience it for myself. I know that I'll benefit from stepping away from life for an hour or so to really pay attention to the stories and the sounds, so I'm certain that you will too!

What are my thoughts?

Of course, I couldn't write a whole blog post about this audio experience without trying it for myself, so it's only right that I listen and give you some of my thoughts.

I'll be honest, when I read the details of the audio piece, I had some sort of idea of what it was going to be like, but it was so much better than I could have imagined. First of all, the technicalities were incredible and I loved the way that the group used both of the headphones to really create a world that formed around you. It worked amazingly for the narrators, the real life stories and the background noise - if you closed your eyes, it was almost like you were somewhere else!

I really enjoyed the fact that each track featured actual humans with real thoughts, memories and stories to share. While the narrators were polished, and rightly so, there were other voices were clearly speaking from the heart without a script, and those who acted out real scenes, which made the piece that bit more familiar. It just added such a comfortable edge - that's the only way I can think to describe it! I also thought it was fantastic that the piece instructed me to move around and find corners of my home that meant something to me, reflect on my community and go on adventures through my ears. It really was a feast for the senses.

And I suppose the most important part of my experience is that I came away feeling like I'd really spent some time for me. I felt refreshed and like my mind was that little bit lighter. It was a lovely sense of serenity and calm, so if that's something that you need in your life, make sure you take the time out to listen to this piece.

When The World Is Loud is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Podbean from Monday 24th August. This sound experience is free of charge, but Mortal Fools have set up a PayPal donation link for those who want to support their work. Please click here for more information.

This post was sponsored by Mortal Fools. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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