Central are delighted to partner with internationally acclaimed theatre company Complicite for their live stream to The Encounter online, on Friday, 19 May 2017.
The show, described as ‘sensational’ by Variety and ‘a tour de force that shows contemporary theatre at its most immersive and thought provoking’ by Financial Times played a sold out run at London’s Barbican theatre in February 2016 but you can watch it online here for free, from Friday 19 May at 7pm BST.
Central is proud of its close links with Complicite and of the large number of alumni and friends who have been involved in bringing The Encounter to life. Complicite is in creative partnership with Central’s BA (Hons) Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre course and Catherine Alexander, Course Leader and Reader in Theatre Making, is an associate director for the company. The 2016 Collaborative and Devised Theatre production of This Is Not A Drill, which played over two weeks at the Tristan Bates Theatre, was directed by Central alumna Jemima James who is the Assistant Director for the show. Director Simon McBurney is an Honorary Fellow of the School, as is Central alumnus and Sound Designer for The Encounter, Gareth Fry. And working with Gareth Fry on Sound Design is fellow Central alumnus Pete Malkin.
The Encounter tells the story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre who, in 1969, became lost in a remote part of the Brazilian rainforest while searching for the Mayoruna people. His encounter was to test his perception of the world, bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus.
Threading scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s journey, Simon McBurney incorporates objects and sound effects into this solo performance to evoke the depths of the Amazon rainforest. The show’s ground-breaking binaural sound design (3D audio) by Olivier Award winner, Gareth Fry, is transmitted to the audience through headphones and plugs into the power of the imagination, questioning our perceptions of time and our own consciousness.
Audiences must wear headphones to watch The Encounter online, or the effect of the binaural recording will be lost. Any headphones will work, but playing the film out of speakers will not give the same effect. It is free to watch, and will be available to watch on demand for a week until 25 May 2017.