McBurney’s The Encounter comes to Manchester this March

The Encounter at Home Manchester
The Encounter. Photo: Robbie Jack

The Encounter, Simon McBurney’s spell-binding solo performance for Complicite, the big hit of last year’s Edinburgh Festival, opens its UK tour at Home in Manchester.

Threading scenes of his own life with details of National Geographic photographer Loren 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 (3D audio) design, by Olivier Award Winner Gareth Fry, is transmitted to the audience through provided headphones and plugs into the power of the imagination, questioning our perceptions of time and our own consciousness.

The captioned performance on 17 March will trial Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine, a discreet new tool for making events and performances accessible to deaf or hard of hearing audience members through captioning to a mobile device – smartphone or tablet.

Simon McBurney has created and acted in more than 30 productions for Complicite. His directing credits with the company include Beware of Pity, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin, A Disappearing Number, Measure For Measure, A Minute Too Late, The Elephant Vanishes, Strange Poetry, and The Street of Crocodiles.

Other directing credits include All My Sons on Broadway and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino in New York.

His opera credits include The Magic Flute and A Dog’s Heart, both produced by De Nederlandse Opera and English National Opera in collaboration with Complicite.

As an actor, Simon has appeared in many films and TV including Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Theory of Everything, Magic in the Moonlight, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Last King of Scotland, and JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.

The Encounter is a Complicite co-production with the Barbican; Edinburgh International Festival; Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens; Schaubühne Berlin; Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne; and Warwick Arts Centre. The production is supported by Sennheiser and The Wellcome Trust.

The Encounter will play at HOME from 16 March-19 March 2016

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