The Encounter

Join The Cass from 19 May as we do something a little different and turn this page into a special theatre experience.

From 19 May 7pm to 25 May 7pm visitors to this page on The Cass website will be able to watch The Encounter, the acclaimed production by international theatre company, Complicite.

Complicite, an award winning, internationally recognised theatre company, have an ongoing creative partnership with Theatre and Performance at The Cass and is one of their Associate Theatre Companies.

Recorded from The Barbican, 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.

Founded in 1983, Complicite is an international theatre company based in London led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney (OBE) and Producer Judith Dimant (MBE). The Company has won over fifty major theatre awards worldwide. Complicite’s recent work includes Ungeduld des Herzens, A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, Lionboy, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin and A Disappearing Number.

Image: The Encounter by Robbie Jack