Donmar Warehouse

Blindness

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

featuring the voice of Juliet Stevenson

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 novel Blindness as a sound installation, directed by Walter Meierjohann with immersive binaural sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.

Award–winning playwright Simon Stephens has adapted Nobel Prize–winner José Saramago’s novel Blindness as a sound installation, directed by Walter Meierjohann with immersive binaural sound design
by Ben and Max Ringham. Juliet Stevenson voices this gripping story of the rise and, ultimately, profoundly hopeful end of an unimaginable global pandemic with additional voices by Angus Wright.

Audiences listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.

Blindness is a sound installation which is seated in socially distant pods of two persons known to each other. Unfortunately due to extremely limited capacity we are unable to accommodate single bookings at this time.

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+

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