Blindness (from the Donmar Warehouse)

21st-26th June 2021

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 Yvonne Arnaud. Visitors will listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.

Artistically and technologically pioneering… Stevenson relays the story with her usual impeccable verbal poise
Daily Telegraph

An exhilarating testament to the power and necessity of art… a unique and unforgettable achievement

Date of event:
21st-26th June 2021

Time of event:
Mon 21: 8pm
Tue 22: 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm and 8.30pm
Wed 23: 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm and 8.30pm
Thu 24: 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm and 8.30pm
Fri 25: 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm* and 8.30pm
Sat 26: 10.30am 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm and 8.30pm

* Captioned Performance

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