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.
Duration: 1 hour 10mins with no interval
Audio description is available at every installation. If you are unable to attend in person, you can purchase an at home audio described digital version of the production. For more information, visit the Oxford Playhouse website.
Image description: Publicity image for Blindness. A banner with black background and text on the left side that reads “The Donmar Warehouse Production of Blindness. A socially distance sound installation. With voice of Juliet Stevenson. Based on the novel by Jose Saramago. Adapted by Simon Stephens. Directed by Walter Meierjohann”. To the right of the text, there’s an image of the installation. People wearing masks are sat on their own or in pairs in a dark room with dim green light. The light comes from fluorescent tubes that interlink vertically and horizontally creating a geometrical structure in the ceiling.