Blindness immerses the senses, gets right into your head and stays there. Photo Courtesy of Mirvish.

Seventeen months in which I haven’t been able to engage as an audience member with theatre has felt like centuries, so it was with rabid anticipation that I counted down the days to see the Mirvish production of Blindness. It was truly a wonderful experience and I highly recommend
this inventive and mesmerizing production.

Part of the magic is that I went to the play without having read up on it and I suggest you do the same to get the most of your experience. It’s a timely theme, you are immersed in darkness for much of it, your fellow audience members become cast members in the show, and there’s
compelling voice performance delivered by the magnificent Juliet Stevenson. My senses were on fire for the entire seventy-five minutes of this production.

Blindness is based on the novel by Nobel winner José Saramago which was also made into a feature film. Simon Stephens of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time fame, adapted the apocalyptic tale into a riveting sound installation. Ben and Max Ringham’s sound design adds to the heightened sensory experience.

The show runs until August 29th and it’s not to be missed! For more information please visit

About The Author

Nicole Fairbairn spent most of her adult life in Vancouver but decided to make Toronto her home four years ago and she’s loving every minute of it. She began writing for fun and it’s turned into a great passion. She’s an avid supporter of the arts and enjoys experiencing the many wonderful cultural events this city has to offer. When she’s not writing, Nicole enjoys reading, ice skating, salsa dancing, travelling and hanging out with her cat. Favourite Place in Toronto: Distillery District with its beautifully restored Victorian buildings, great cafes, stunning galleries, hip boutiques and vibrant theatre scene.

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