The Encounter


The Encounter

14 Apr 2018 - 05 May 2018

£34.00 - £45.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

4.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

In 1969, McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley. It was an encounter that was to change his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. 

This solo performance, incorporating innovative technology to build a shifting world of sound, traces McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. 

Using binaural technology, Complicite’s new production is an exploration of nature, time and of our own consciousness. 

Inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu 

Ages 12+

The acclaimed hit show is back for 2018.



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“Deeply absorbing and immediate... The sort of storytelling that roots you to the spot and fills you with childlike enthrallment.”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

“This story is enough to knock you flat... Extraordinary use of sound brings the rainforest vividly to life... Transporting. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Astonishing... A performance of startling inventiveness and precision, simultaneously conspiratorial and confrontational. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Blindingly ingenious... A stunning mix of communal and personal epiphany. ”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

“A show thematically concerned with ways of seeing, but its greater rewards come from its journey into sound. ”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“Will mess with your head and shiver your heart... Mesmerizing... Seems to shake and dissolve the universe. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“An astonishing technical feat... Raises intriguing questions about the multi-dimensional nature of time... Extraordinary. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“This is, in every sense, an adventure... An extraordinary yarn and expedition into theatrical possibility... Quite a trip. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Scattershot... at times I felt as lost as McIntyre himself... Skill that would put any radio drama department to shame. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Beguiling... Thrillingly charismatic... This singular sensation of solitude in a 1,100-seat venue is, well, sensational.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

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