Visitors to the Festival Theatre will listen on headphones to the sound installation Blindness. Photo: Helen Maybanks
Visitors to the Festival Theatre will listen on headphones to the sound installation Blindness. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Capital’s Theatres Take First Steps Out of the Dark

Title:
Blindness; A Splinter of Ice

Dates:
29 Jun 2021 – 3 Jul 2021
Venue:
Festival Theatre; King’s Theatre
(Blindness) 13-29 Nicolson St
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH8 9FT

Capital Theatres in Edinburgh has announced its first shows for over a year, playing to limited-capacity audiences to maintain social distancing at first the Festival Theatre, then the King’s Theatre.

Blindness is an adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel created as a sound installation. Juliet Stevenson voices the story about the rise and end of a global pandemic. A limited number of visitors seated on the Festival Theatre stage will listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.

A Splinter of Ice at the King’s Theatre recounts novelist Graham Greene’s 1987 visit to Moscow to meet with his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby. How much did the writer of The Third Man know about Philby’s secret life as a spy and did Philby betray his friend as well as his country?

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