Whisper (2007–08)

  • Whisper (2007–08)
  • Whisper (2007–08)
  • Whisper (2007–08)
  • Whisper (2007–08)


A visually decadent, aurally immersive performance that asks the audience to question what is real in a world of increasing technological sophistication. Obscured behind a cinematic screen, three performers are seen as shadows, silhouettes or in stark clarity, creating a fully enveloping environment to accompany their narration which the audience hear through headphones.

The performers narrate a walk that switches between the ‘here and now’ of the story and dream-like memory, using live foley to create a hyper-realistic world of sound for the piece.


Written and Directed by Peter S. Petralia
Performed by Nicki Hobday, Gillian Lees, and Andrew Westerside
Music by Philip Reeder
Lighting by Rebecca M.K. Makus


“Whisper is quite simply an extraordinary piece of theatre.” – Carole Gordon, What’s On Stage

“[the production] flirts with the feel of a supernatural, psychological thriller.” – Anita Gates, The New York Times

“Whisper cleverly mines the dramatic tension between ‘reality’ and the seductive power of technology” – Paul Menard, Backstage

“…unfolds inside your head like a nightmare…the mixture of foley soundscapes and the strange melding and disconnect between image and sound sucks you in.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Whisper creates an aurally imaginative and multi-faceted portrait of fast and fragmented modern city life and produces an ambitious and unusual experience.” – Martina Von Holm, Total Theatre