Theatre Re's Blind Man's Song was the BBC's highlight of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 and has continued its success on its international tour. As part of May's Physical fest, Theatre Re has bought this beautiful show to the Liverpool Unity.
Blind Man's Song is about when our fantasies and thoughts start to flirt with the surreal and the unbelievable. The world becomes strange and dangerous; the everyday connects with the past, future and present. Darkness unlocks the doors of imagination and arouses the wildest and most mysterious sides of our minds.
The main character is a blind musician who has never seen the light. As endless sensations distract, inform and amuse him, we follow his dreamlike journey travelling at the speed of memory to a dark place where some things become more visible in the dark.
This sixty-minute piece is a mixture of mime, illusions and live music performed by Alex Judd, Guillaume Pige and Selma Roth. With Judd playing the blind man, he also provides the music via piano and violin and with the use of a loop system. With the loop system, it builds layers to the music that gives the impression that there is more than one person creating the music. This allows for some very clever composition that Judd has also created as well as performed.
We do not see the faces of Roth or Pige as their characters act out the fantasies of the blind musician; a thin layer of material is wrapped around their faces with Pige dressed entirely in red and Roth in green. These appear to be the only colours in what is otherwise a dark set, with only the piano and a bed that is blacked out and used throughout as a platform.
A story with no words but it pulls you in with its charm and warmth. Together the movement and the music create a unique theatre experience that just stays with you. Beautiful storytelling that will touch the hearts of any who will see this innovative show.