Based on the award-winning novel by Jose Saramago, ‘The Blind’ is thoroughly disappointing. On a technical level, the show is excellent: it’s a loud, immersive piece of outdoor theatre with an epic vibe, but the technical aspects of the show by far outshine its content. Throughout, the chaotic choreography of the blind characters seems little more than just chaotic, and the narrative goes no further than the men and women forming teams and hurting one another, without any apparent intelligence in the way they do so; it’s just pure, unadulterated stage fighting. With this lack of depth, the show easily could have taken less than the hour it uses. ‘The Blind’ is visually impressive, but ultimately fails to push any boundaries.
Old College Quad, 3-27 Aug, times vary.
tw rating 3/5 | [Stephanie Taylor]