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 visitor runs up to 3 times a day, with seating arranged 2m apart in accordance with social distancing guidelines in a transformed Oxford Playhouse. Visitors will listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.
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
We are so excited to be welcoming our audiences back to Oxford Playhouse. We want to reassure you that we have implemented all the necessary measures to ensure we are a COVID-19 secure venue and operate within the government guidelines.
Duration: 1 hour 10mins with no interval
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A Donmar Warehouse Production
With the voice of Juliet Stevenson
Based on the novel by José Saramago
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Walter Meierjohann
Age Guideline 15+
Due to the subject matter we recommend this installation for people aged 15 years and above.
If you require Wheelchair access, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 305 305
NHS Track & Trace
It is important that ALL audience members please sign in to the NHS Track & Trace App when they arrive at the Theatre. QR codes will be clearly placed outside and inside the building to make this as easy as possible for you. If you cannot sign in via the App, please let a member of the Front of House Team know, and they will take your details.