Talbot's score was atmospheric when the plot evoked the brutally oppressive natural world itself tense-sounding piccolos screeched ever-present and ever-growing threat, a rumbling thunder sheet
bluntly punched the air, aggressive gusts of brass and threatening percussion, with other orchestral displays of sheer power, conjured the climbers' precarious situation.
The trio's driving 50-minute set, comprising two untitled improvisations, had much to recommend it, especially Lin Culbertson's breathy sublinguistic vocals and Tom Surgal's percussive inclusions--drum rim brushings, thunder sheet
wub-a-wubbings, and Cambodian shells laid out and shaken on his snare drum's surface skin.
The score is for gongs, drums and thunder sheet
and the set is a cage-like landscape of tubular bells.
In an amusing conceit the performers are part of a large troupe who listen, applaud, move furniture, sing the choruses, take the small parts and work the wind machine and thunder sheet
during the storm!
Contemporary accounts note that on a bare candlelit stage with nothing much to help him except a thunder sheet
and his naked voice, he managed to triumph.
If you love to see a full percussion section this one will feature cowbells, thunder sheets
and much more.
That morning the people had brought into Church metal objects, gongs, bells, anvils, and thunder sheets
of metal, anything to make a joyful noise when struck with mallets or hammers.
With musicians on view deploying wind machines and thunder sheets
at the back of the wide-open stage, one final technical extravagance is to turn on a real rainstorm as we hear about the grotesque portents of impending disaster.
The battery of drums, thunder sheets
and other devices that many theatres installed to provide accompaniement to such war films as The Big Parade and Wings were often as elaborate as the effects departments of the first sound studios.
The setting is minimal, consisting of seven chairs on which actors sit when they are not performing, and four hanging thunder sheets
. The women's floor-length costumes have a suitable timelessness.