The Encounter Live Stream

    When we watched Complicite’s The Encounter at Bristol Old Vic last year we were dumbfounded – it’s not only a spectacular feat of performance but uses astounding state of the art technology. It’s quite an experience.

    Complicite are keen that as many people get to experience The Encounter as possible and so this March, they’re working with different organisations around the country to live stream a theatrical performance from The Barbican, London, on their own websites and websites like our own.

    We’re really pleased to be working with them on this and will be broadcasting the live stream on this page.


    So on Tue 01 March, all you need to do to live stream Complicite’s The Encounter is visit this page and play the film below, which you can enlarge in your screen or watch through You Tube by using the usual controls below.

    The live stream will begin at 7.30pm.


    You 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.


    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.


    Inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
    Directed and Performed Simon McBurney
    Co-Director Kirsty Housley
    Design Michael Levine
    Sound Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin
    Lighting Paul Anderson
    Projection Will Duke
    Assistant Director Jemima James

    RUNNING TIME 2hrs 10mins (no interval)

    Future dates for The Encounter

    Manchester, HOME 16 – 19 March
    Athens, Onassis Cultural Centre 01 – 03 April
    Brighton Festival 11 – 15 May
    Oxford Playhouse 25 – 28 May
    Vienna Festival 02 – 05 June
    Holland Festival 09 – 12 June
    Montpellier, Printemps des Comédiens 16 – 18 June
    Lyon, Les Nuits de Fourvière 23 – 25 June

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