The Foley Explosion is an immersive audio experience in which Julie Rose Bower performs, records and loops sound effects to bring spoken stories resonantly to life. Set between Britain and Russia this innovative and playful performance creates uncanny effects out of original sound effects. The layers of sound invoke the cinematic language of Foley where origins and destinations of sound are often wildly different and shift their meaning depending on what images they are paired with. The show explodes perceptions of reality and explores how we construct who we are and how we think about the world around us.
Commissioned for NOW 17 Festival at The Yard Theatre, Julie Rose Bower revisits an eventful year spent in Russia as a young person when she left home and experienced international news up close. This bravura solo performance explores fake news, international terror, encryption of information and the ongoing fascination with intelligence communities. This alternative spy thriller features cameos from Edward Snowden, Rasputin and a chorus of Geiger counters in memory of Alexander Litvinenko.