Blindfolds are often used in moments of secrecy and suspense, in Blind Man’s Song they are used to reveal another world.

This is a play without words about one man’s rage against the world of darkness. You will follow him on a dreamlike journey in which some things become more visible against a backdrop of blackness.

The piece was devised by the group Theatre Re who use Etienne Decroux’s Corporeal Mime as the base for all their creations.

Company director Guillaume Pige lives in Haringey with his fiancé, but grew up near Lyon in France, he tells me about the inspiration for the piece: “It all began with a painting by René Magritte entitled The Lovers, why do the lovers, in the act of kissing, have their faces veiled?

“Some suggested that it is because they are concealing something about themselves. This was the start of the most extravagant opinions on what it was that they were hiding from our view.

The graduate of the International School of Corporal Mime and RADA adds : “Also what is it revealing about the lovers? They have no face, no eyes, no nose, no ears, not even a mouth, and yet they are kissing. What does it say about that kiss?

“So in a way this production started with an object or a mask (the veil) and a mystery.”

Guillaume and his colleagues then spent a year and a half interviewing and discussing ideas with members of Haringey Phoenix Group which supports the blind and visually impaired in north London.

He notes some of the most inspiring quotes from the members such as “imagination becomes stronger with less sight”, “You have to create your own imagination. You have to embrace the day with all the other senses. You have to smell the day” and “All the others senses come into being. It is wonderful if not better”.

They also collaborated with VocalEyes, a nationwide audio description charity, providing access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people, which Guillaume says also hugely influence the work.

Somewhat ironically, it is a very visual piece but with no speech. Guillaume says: “It is a concert, a play, a contemporary visual and physical theatre piece. We use everything from magic illusions to live sound design to tell our story and blur the boundaries between art forms.

“The work triggers a wide range of different emotions, ideas and even memories. We almost try to reach to the level of the unconscious.

Guillaume adds: “It does take a tremendous amount of work, generosity and trust to make a piece. Two of the performers, including me, have their faces veiled throughout the show, which considerably restricts our sight and spatial awareness.

“This was also a challenge when it came to directing the piece and giving clear feedback and notes to the other performers, but thanks to the wonderful team we managed it.”

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