Donmar Warehouse


based on the novel by José Saramago
adapted by Simon Stephens
directed by Walter Meierjohann

featuring the voice of Juliet Stevenson

Listen on headphones as Juliet Stevenson’s gripping narration unfolds around you in this "thrill for long-deprived ears and eyes".
The Donmar Warehouse’s Blindness comes to Galway after hugely successful runs in New York, Hong Kong, Mexico City, New Zealand, and the UK.

Described by the New York Times as “brilliant” and by the Guardian as an “exquisitely told story of resilience, violence and hope” the production is based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago in which the world is gripped by a pandemic of infectious blindness. Audiences experience this riveting story through immersive narration, lighting and sound as the rise and, ultimately, profoundly hopeful end of an unimaginable global pandemic plays out.

Juliet Stevenson narrates with additional voices by Angus Wright. Adapted by award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, directed by Walter Meierjohann with immersive binaural sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.

Audience Note

Blindness is a sound installation which is seated in socially distant pods of one or two persons known to each other. Listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around you. 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. Suitable for ages 15+

Planning Your Visit & Your Safety

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  • Please contact the Box Office for accessible seating reservations upon booking tickets.
  • Recommended for age 15+