The Blind & The Intruder
22 May - 1 June 2013
by Maurice Maeterlinck
Two plays. Two views of the world.
One terrifying subject: the blindness of humankind to the mysteries of our existence.
Following a sell out and critically acclaimed run at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, The Blind & The Intruder transfers to the Tabard Theatre for a limited two week run prior to a national tour.
‘This production is edgy and the stage design is exceptional… if you are a fan of Beckett, do not miss this rarely-done piece of theatre’
– Hackney Hive
‘A gem of a production’
– Views From The Gods
‘A fascinating collector’s item… you can detect the influence on the work of Beckett.’
– Michael Billington, The Guardian
‘The fully committed cast potently embody the dark of archetypes that run amok… some of the most visually designs currently to be found on the fringe’
– The Stage
‘A more thoughtful, experimental Woman in Black… connoisseur’s theatre at its best’
– That’s Theatre Darling
The Blind places us amongst a group of blind people in a wasteland, abandoned by their guide, searching for any clues to their whereabouts. Lost, lonely and scared, they are prepared to put their faith in anyone – or anything – that may help them, even if they cannot see the consequences of their actions.
The Intruder follows a household in crisis. As the Mother lies ill after childbirth and the family sit waiting for any news, the blind Grandfather hears a presence amongst them that none of the family can see. As the presence becomes more noticeable, are there greater forces at work than merely an old man’s imagination?
Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1911 Nobel laureateship cited The Blind & The Intruder as two of his seminal works. A proponent of the Symbolist movement, with an unprecedented awareness of the human condition enveloped in a black sense of humour, Maeterlinck’s simple but effective style of writing is rarely performed in the UK.
Brought to you by Tarquin Productions, (The Monk – “a perfect mix of piety and morbidity,” Barons Court, October 2012) The Blind & The Intruder sees the return of creative duo Benji Sperring (director) and Jacob Hughes (designer) in their darkest, and most exciting, collaboration so far.