Blind Man’s Song is described as a “wordless tale about the power of imagination”, and provides a unique insight into the world of the blind and visually challenged. Coming from the critically acclaimed Theatre Re, the production welcomed enthusiastic receptions nationwide in 2015 and is now set to run a three-week residency at the Pleasance London before embarking on an international tour.
It begins with an old blind man in a room, unsure of his surroundings, who is then moved to awaken an old memory. From then on his imagination takes hold, creating a world of his own within the room and his mind. The show takes its inspiration from interviews with blind and visually-impaired individuals, adding an air of authenticity to the sublime environment that is created.
“Superb… Full of fear and tenderness. It looks like a Samuel Beckett play designed by Magritte.” The Stage
The ambitious production combines physical theatre with mime, sound, illusion and live music. The score is influenced by twentieth century composers such as Stravinsky & Phillip Glass, and was written by Alex Judd, who also performs in the show alongside Selma Roth and Guillaume Pigé. The latter conceived the whole idea (and directs), and seems to relish the challenges that it brings: “Every night we take a different journey where we push the imagination to its extreme.”
As well as an original score, sounds are added into the mix; fed through a microphone and a loop pedal, they help to demonstrate the phenomenon of blindness enhancing a person’s auditory abilities.
I very much look forward to experiencing this for myself in a few weeks – it promises to be a unique and exciting production.
Blind Man’s Song will play at the Pleasance London from Wednesday 27 April to Sunday 15 May 2016, before heading out on tour. Tickets are available online or from 020 7609 1800.