Sightless Cinema presents In the Dark

Bringing to life dramatic turning points in the lives of five people who are blind or visually impaired, this is an immersive surround sound experience where the audience can wear blindfolds, and all the sound effects and music are performed live. They are stories of adversity, adventure and determination.

A man in his thirties hopes to regain his sight in a transplant operation, another loses his in a matter of weeks, while one young girl dreams of riding a bicycle again after her brain operation, another faces a cruel medical system, and a young man must go to a cliff edge in Wales to find his limits.

Sightless Cinema under the direction of theatre-maker Ciarán Taylor, was established in 2015. They have presented programmes of surround sound plays at Lighthouse Cinema and IMC Cinemas. In 2020, they moved online to make lockdown comedy The Covid Tapes, and presented Ballymuck Exchange – a telephone comedy, at a listening event for Culture Night 2021. The Sightless Cinema performance company White Cane Audio Theatre featured in the Abbey Theatre Dear Ireland 3 online video, and development of In the Dark was supported by Abbey Theatre 5×5.

Ciarán Taylor also creates original theatre with his Carpet Theatre, including ‘Breath – A Music Play

Roger Gregg is a writer for radio, voice performer, sound designer and musician. He created many radio dramas for RTÉ, including live productions with his Crazy Dog company. He performed in The Flood – a live audio play in the dark, devised with Ciarán Taylor which toured Ireland in 2016.

VENUE: Dunamaise Arts Centre

LOCATION: Laois

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