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Action Hero & Deborah Pearson

The Talent


Book tickets

Wheelchair accessible icon Audio Described  Relaxed performance

Tuesday 22 – Sunday 27 August
2.35 – 3.35pm
Summerhall – Venue access information
Suitable for ages 12+

Audio described performance: Wednesday 23 August
Captioned performance:
Thursday 24 August
Sensitive content:
Flashing lights, loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound, total audience blackout


Show Description

On stage is a small sound booth; inside sits a woman, alone. She is a voice-over artist. Off stage, in a space never seen but only heard, two disembodied voices ask her to conjure different voices for commercials, self-help audiobooks, meditation tapes, computer games, robo-calls… anything and everything. In amongst this post-pandemic vocal soup, is she the powerful protagonist in her own narrative? Or is she a cheap ventriloquist of capitalism’s audio debris, speaking into the void?

A new show by Action Hero & Deborah Pearson questioning human presence in the 21st Century. Where does the voice live? How will her voice live on, outside her body? What kind of ghosts will haunt us when we’re gone?

“’The Talent’ challenges us to reflect on the sounds and voices we are leaving behind” Time Out Lisbon

A young, white woman with short, brown hair and wearing a beige vest top stands in a recording booth. She is also wearing headphones and speaking into a large microphone, eyes closed. Her arms are thrown in the air with finger-guns pointing to the sky. She visible from the waist up and illuminated in red and green lighting. The walls of the booth are covered with spiky foam soundproofing material. Outside of the booth is completely dark.
The Talent by Action Hero & Deborah Pearson. Image by Ana Viotti.

The Talent by Action Hero & Deborah Pearson trailer. Footage by João Solano, edit by Dan Canham.