How does walking into total darkness sound? Being in a space where you can’t really tell the difference between having your eyes open or closed? Having to rely on your guide’s voice, and your other senses, to make your way?
We expected scary. What we got instead was awesome.
Dialogue in the Dark™, just opened in Harbour Town, lets you ‘see’ the world without actually seeing it. Almost as soon as you enter the exhibit, the light fades away and suddenly it’s pitch black. That’s when you’ll find your guide… well, their voice. The guides are blind themselves, and they know every little bit of the exhibit backwards and forwards. With their help, you will make your way using your other senses, and very quickly you feel your whole perspective shift.
We found ourselves recognising things by their shape, by their sound, by their smell. Things we usually looked at to identify suddenly became a hands-on experience (literally).
If it sounds like I’m being a little vague, I am. Dialogue in the Dark™ is the sort of experience that’s best when you don’t know exactly what’s coming. It was much more interesting to jump into it in the deep end. I promise, it’s actually not that scary, and any nervousness we had was quickly replaced with excitement when we started to feel our way through.
So grab a friend (trust us, this is one you will want someone there with you to chat about it after), and head over to Harbour Town!
Dialogue in the Dark™ runs in 41 countries, and more than 10 million people have visited it worldwide. For more information or tickets, visit the Dialogue in the Dark™ Australia website: dialogueinthedark.com.au.
And while you’re at it, consider supporting Guide Dogs Australia, who apart from having the most adorable trainees around, do great work supporting people with vision impairment.