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Inverness venue Eden Court's Empire Theatre to host an audience

By Andrew Dixon

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Eden Court.
Eden Court.

For the first time in 16 months, the Empire Theatre at Eden Court will host an audience.

The Inverness venue will host the acclaimed sound installation, Blindness, from The Donmar Warehouse in London's West End on July 6-10.

An Eden Court spokesman said: "We feel very privileged to bring this award-winning story to the Highlands as one of only two Scottish venues on this UK tour."

Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens has adapted Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel Blindness as a sound installation, directed by Walter Meierjohann with immersive binaural sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.

Juliet Stevenson voices the storyteller/doctor’s wife in this gripping story of the rise and, ultimately, profoundly hopeful end of an unimaginable global pandemic of blindness.

The spokesman added: "This installation is for limited numbers and runs four times a day, with seating arranged two metres apart in accordance with social-distancing guidelines in a transformed Eden Court Empire Theatre.

"Listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around you."

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