A socially distanced sound installation
As the lights change at a major crossroads in a city in the heart of Europe a car grinds to a halt. Its driver can drive no more. Suddenly, without warning or cause, he has gone blind. Within hours it is clear that this is a blindness like no other. This blindness is infectious. Within days an epidemic of blindness has spread through the city. The government tries to quarantine the contagion by herding the newly blind people into an empty asylum. But their attempts are futile. The city is in panic.
Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens has adapted Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel Blindness as a sound installation, directed by Walter Meierjohann with immersive binaural sound design by Ben and Max Ringham. Juliet Stevenson voices the Storyteller/Doctor’s wife in this gripping story of the rise and, ultimately, profoundly hopeful end of an unimaginable global pandemic.
This ticketed installation for a limited number of visitors runs 4 times a day, with seating arranged 2m apart in accordance with social distancing guidelines in a transformed Festival Theatre. Visitors will listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.
Audio Description is available at every performance.
Due to the subject matter we recommend the installation for people aged 15 years and above. The installation includes extended periods of complete blackout, strobe and bright flashing lights in close proximity to visitors and loud noises. Blindness contains the following themes: discussion of sexual assault, description of an act of physical assault and explorations of psychological trauma.
Seating is sold in pairs with 2metre spacing between each pair and audience numbers are very limited. A number of single seats are available for every performance but these can't be purchased online.
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