Following its sell-out run at the Donmar and alongside transfers to North America and the Netherlands, the acclaimed sound installation Blindness will transfer to Mexico’s Teatro De Los Insurgentes for a limited run from 12 March 2021.
Blindness is based on the dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning José Saramago, adapted by Simon Stephens and will be co-directed by Walter Meierjohann and Mauricio Garcia Lozano, with the voice of Academy-Award Nominee Marina De Tavira as the Narrator/Doctor’s Wife. It opened at the Donmar Warehouse in August with the voice of Juliet Stevenson. The Donmar was one of the first UK venues to reopen temporarily to the public with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
‘The Donmar Warehouse has made stage history as the first playhouse here to open its doors…Brave? Yes, and even better, with a brilliant production.’
New York Times
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.
Visitors listen on headphones to this gripping story of an unimaginable global pandemic of infectious blindness – and its profoundly hopeful conclusion – featuring an immersive sound design using binaural technology by Ben and Max Ringham. Each venue will be reimagined by designer Lizzie Clachan and atmospheric lighting designed by Jessica Hung Han Yun, with the creative team working remotely to bring the installation to life from over five thousand miles away.
As in the Donmar’s original installation enhanced safety measures will be used to ensure the health and safety of all visitors to Blindness. Visitors will be seated apart in accordance with local social distancing requirements, unless they attend with someone from their household or social bubble.
Teatro De Los Insurgentes
Previews from Friday 12 March
Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.mx
With the voice of Marina De Tavina
Based on the novel by José Saramago
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Mauricio Garcia Lozano and 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