As an old blind man takes unsteady steps around a room, he recalls an encounter that triggers his memories and imagination, and a story of love, courage and hope unfolds….
Inspired by interviews with blind and visually-impaired people, Blind Man’s Song, which comes to the Unity later this month, is a tale about one man’s rage against his world of darkness, demonstrating the power of the body to communicate without words.
Ahead of an international tour and following sell-out runs across the UK in 2015, London-based company Theatre Re describe the show as “a wordless tale about the power of imagination that blends together physical theatre, mime, sound, illusion and a beautiful live music score”.
“Every night we take a different journey where to push the imagination to its extreme,” says artistic director Guillaume Pigé. “We respond to the supernatural, the magical and the emotional sparks that occur when our eyes are closed. As endless sensations distract, inform and amuse our main character, we follow his dreamlike journey travelling at the speed of memory to a place where some things become more visible in the dark.”
Composer Alex Judd creates a complex live soundscape, where onstage noises are amplified through a microphone to reflect the sensitive hearing of someone who is visually impaired. These sounds are fed into a loop pedal along with a violin and keyboard which combine to create a rich harmonic score intended to portray the emotional journey of the characters.
Blind Man’s Song is playing at Unity Theatre as part of Physical Fest – catch it at the Unity on Monday, MAy 23.