Theatre (immersive, site-specific)

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  • Summerhall - The Terrace
  • 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30
  • Aug 25
  • 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: DARKFIELD
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing, show takes place in the dark and in a confined space, audience members will be required to lie down.
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Imagine the moment of waking up is actually the moment when your dream begins. In light of this new and strange reality, how can we save you from the unspeakable horrors which lurk in the dark recesses of your mind? The only cure we offer is a placebo and a promise. Please remember when you leave to take your body with you. DARKFIELD (Séance and Flight), return to Summerhall with their new show in a completely dark shipping container. 'A perfectly programmed high-art theme park ride that spits you out into the sunlight feeling palpably, certainly, alive' (

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: The space is adjacent from the main pavement into the front garden of Summerhall.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Grace Bobbin 29 days ago

Is this some sort of sick joke?
Why would a responsible performer encourage strangers to take an unknown substance and assure them it was safe? This is encouraging people to step over the psychological barrier of saying 'no' to accepting unknown substances from strangers. I hope there is some way of monitoring all those who attended and ingested the tablet to enhance an altered state of consciousness. To see if there is a subsequent increase in drug taking. Very angry at such irresponsibility.

Max Kyte 81 days ago


Really unique idea but sadly the script/story lets the experience down... loved the concept and the “set” design, but £5.50 seems steep for this relatively short experience

James 83 days ago

Not quite Flight in it's writing, but pushing the boundary further than ever with their technical ability - I went to Coma three times, and cannot wait to see what Darkfield brings next year

Alistair Lomas 84 days ago

I had high hopes for this following Flight from 2018. It seemed to be lacking a little of the spark that Flight had, but still worth a punt if you’re looking for a different fringe performance.

Enrico 85 days ago

Coma (****)
Darkfield successfully continues to create axiety in their audience through subtle sounds, movements and more. A bit less effective than last year's Flight, this show is still very enjoyable.

Monty C 85 days ago

The less you know about this going into it the better in my opinion. An incredible experience that brings something new to Ed Fringe. Would highly recommend, but not for the faint-hearted.

Unusual Art Sourcing Company 87 days ago

Make sure you take the pill. An excellent piece of interactive art. Ed fringe must see.

Tmyh 87 days ago

Very odd. A new kind of performance, very interesting

Margot Millard 96 days ago

Would recommend this show as it’s such a unique and rare experience. I was a bit nervous that it would be very frightening but it was fine. There is a bit where it has potential to be a bit scary though. It’s a very strange sensation but you’re well looked after by the crew and it felt warm and safe - to me anyway. Check it out.

Mike Parsons 97 days ago

This kicks like an existential mule. The 3d sounds & smells are immense. Incredibly out-of-body experience. Fully immersive to the point that you can't tell where your reality starts and finishes. Amazingly well done. A definite MUST!!

Christie Clinton 100 days ago

Very weird, slightly scary, not for the faint hearted or those scared or enclosed/dark spaces! Struggle to explain this and what it’s about but if you like an immersive; slightly odd experience then give it a try. Pickerings gin bar is great too.

Neeps 100 days ago

Would recommend. A unique experience that you'll be talking about all evening.

Neil Curran 102 days ago

Probably not the best show to see if you don't like enclosed spaces, but otherwise it's a great experience. It has been really cleverly done. Quite hard to explain the whole thing really, but I guess the best way I could describe it is as being like a 4d cinema in total darkness. The way the soundtrack has been recorded is extremely clever, along with the smells, wind etc which you occasionally feel that intensifies the experience. I really does feel like the characters are walking past you and whispering in your ear. Perhaps not for the faint hearted, but if you aren't too easily scared or freaked out I would definitely recommend it.

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Exeunt 79 days ago

10… Rows of bunk beds, flaky cream walls, an out of order coffee machine. Plastic mattresses wiped down and sterilised. A single chalky pill in a little dish by your pillow. 9… As in previous Darkfield shipping container shows, there is no escape once the container is plunged into total...

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 79 days ago

Coma is a hair-raising experience, comparable to nothing else.

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The Independent (3/5 stars) 87 days ago

But, as with Séance, I also found the experience fairly dissatisfying. It doesn’t use its incredible power to build to anything, to tell a story or make a point; just as you think Coma is going somewhere, it finishes. You wake up, and it was all as insubstantial as a...

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FringeReview 87 days ago

This is something that Darkfield have developed over time; the immersive experience. Before entering the trepidation felt by many of my fellow audience members was clear. No matter how you dress it up, a coma does not sound like a good idea. Going inside and being instructed to just find...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 88 days ago

Darkfield has developed a reputation for its immersive theatre. Their last two shows, Seance and Flight, have used the same conceit of immersing their audiences in total darkness in a shipping container. The k...

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Deadline News (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

Coma is the latest show from theatre group Darkfield, once again set in the same claustrophobic shipping container.

This is panic-inducing in itself without the addition of heavy philosophical concepts like Cartesian dualism being added to the mix.

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

The effect is very clever and there are, needless to say, several surprises along the way. Well worth the time.

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ScotsGay (5/5 stars) 89 days ago

2019 marks the third year that Darkfield have brought their unique skills to the Fringe, following the critically acclaimed success of “séance” and “flight” the team are back with “ Coma”. Once again, the big white shipping container takes its place outside the Summerhall, and this experience is the most...

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

You wander 'round the outside of Summerhall and see a sight that grows more intriguing each Fringe: Darkfield’s ominous shipping container. You wonder, “What sensorial horrors lie within this small and dark enclosure?” Previously taking audiences into delicious disorientation with past instalments Seance and Flight, this year’s immersive, chilling spectacle is...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

Do NOT take the pill in front of you. ...

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

The clue is in the title with this one. This is an immersive journey in the pitch black that explores the state where consciousness ends and dreaming begins. With Edinburgh feeling very chaotic and busy during the festival, here’s a chance to stop time and disappear into the oblivion. Darkfield...

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

COMA is the latest show from DARKFIELD, a company who specialise in immersive experiences using cutting edge sound technology. The show is housed in a shipping container fitted out with rows of bunks, which make you feel like you’re in … Read More ...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

It’s very simple. Walk into a shipping container. Lie down on a white, wipe-down bunk bed, only a little bigger than a coffin. Make sure your headphones are on correctly. Now brace for terror. Coma, a brief 30 minute sensory deprivation experience, doesn’t ask too much of its audience beyond...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

Bunk beds line the walls, a sterile cream colour melting into plastic mattresses. Wiped down with surgical spirit, the shipping container would feel barren, were it not for the ghost on loudspeaker. “Every bunk is safe,” it breathes. “Every bunk is as good as the next.” Audience members slip into...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 95 days ago

This is unlike anything else you’ll experience on the Fringe. It’s the kind of show you tell everyone about and certainly will not forget. Yet you probably won’t ‘enjoy’ it and it has one weakness. It’s an odd dichotomy. Coma‘s creators Darkfield have been here before with previous site-specific pieces Seance and Flight....

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The List (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

Immersive performance sinks audience into the dark corners of consciousness...

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