Complicite’s THE ENCOUNTER – Live stream


We are delighted to be partnering with Complicite to tell you about the live stream of their new production The Encounter. The show, described as ‘sensational (Variety) and ‘a tour de force that shows contemporary theatre at its most immersive and thought provoking’ (Financial Times) is playing a sold out run at London’s Barbican theatre but on Tuesday, 1 March at 7.30pm, the show will be live streamed to the internet and you can watch it at

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 live stream, 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. The live stream is free to watch, and will also be available to watch on demand for a week after the live broadcast.



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