41 Earlham Street, London, London, United Kingdom
A socially distanced sound installation in the Donmar Warehouse
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 for the Donmar Warehouse, 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 hour-long ticketed installation for a limited number of visitors will run four times a day, with seating arranged 2m apart in accordance with social distancing guidelines in a transformed Donmar Warehouse. Visitors will listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.
Performances 1 - 22 August at 2pm, 4pm, 6.30pm and 8.30pm
Blindness includes strong language, extended periods of complete blackout, loud noises, and bright flashing lights and strobe in close proximity to visitors. If you urgently need assistance during the installation, including during the blackouts, please raise your hand and a member of the front of house team will make their way to you.
Due to the subject matter, Blindness is recommended for audiences aged 15+. There are moments in the text that some people may find difficult to encounter. Click here to read Content Advisory Notes for more information, and if you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Audio description is available at every installation and there will be a captioned installation at 2pm on Saturday 15 August.
If you would usually use our audio described or captioned services but are not able to attend the theatre in person for Blindness, follow the links below to purchase either an audio-described or captioned digital version of the installation. Both versions will be available to purchase until Saturday 22 August and cost £12 each.
Audio Described and Captioned versions are available to purchase.