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Blindness

11 - 15 May

Direct from London – an epic theatre experience, featuring the voice of Juliet Stevenson.

Based on the novel by José Saramago, adapted by Simon Stephens, directed by Walter Meierjohann.

Told almost entirely through sound, Blindness is an unforgettable theatrical thriller based on Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel.

As the lights change at a junction in a big city, a car remains motionless, its driver unable to go on. Suddenly, without warning or cause, he has lost his sight. It soon becomes clear that this is a blindness like no other, infecting all who come into proximity with it. Within days, it has spread. The city is in panic.

In this artistically and technologically pioneering sound and light installation, the audience listen on headphones as the gripping story of a formerly unimaginable global pandemic – and its profoundly hopeful conclusion – unfolds through an immersive sound design using binaural technology by Ben and Max Ringham.

Adapted by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, Blindness features the extraordinary vocal talent of UK stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson. Produced by London’s legendary Donmar Warehouse, this chilling, critically acclaimed production comes to Wollongong after hugely successful seasons in New York and London. Intimate, with a strictly limited capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Book this show as part of a Merrigong Season Ticket
You can include this show as part of a 2022 Season Ticket. Choose 5 shows from only $290 and you’ll also get a range of extra perks, like free ticket exchanges and discounts at The Social café & bar. Read more and book here.

Reviews

  • ...a triumph. - The New York Times (USA)
  • Blindness is an exquisitely told story of resilience, violence, and hope. - The Guardian (UK)
  • Artistically and technologically pioneering… Stevenson relays the story with her usual impeccable verbal poise. - The Daily Telegraph (UK)
  • An exhilarating testament to the power and necessity of art… a unique and unforgettable achievement. - The Metro (UK)
  • Stevenson’s narration is so vivid, and the tech design so atmospheric, that you’d almost swear you could see each scene playing out in front of you. - The Guardian (UK)

Cast & Credits

With the voice of Juliet Stevenson
Based on the novel by José Saramago
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Walter Meierjohann
Sound Designers Ben and Max Ringham
Designer Lizzie Clachan
Lighting Designer Jessica Hung Han Yun
Production Consultant Professor Hannah Thompson
Resident Assistant Director Sara Aniqah Malik
With the voice of Juliet Stevenson
Photos by Helen Maybanks

Pre-show Dining Packages

$28 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $28pp. Our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature warm table bread, a selection from our delicious show time à la carte options served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly and include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option. Open weekdays and showtime.

Table bookings are required. 02 4224 5932

Click here for full terms and conditions.

Keeping you, our staff, and performing artists safe is our number one priority.

We are operating in accordance with NSW Health rules and guidelines for entertainment venues. When you visit, it is really important that you are feeling well and prepared to stick to the safety practices of our venues. Face masks, digital check-ins and proof of vaccination are currently mandatory for all visitors. (This also includes everyone working on site.) For detailed information and FAQs, please click here.

 

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