Sightless Cinema on route to Tallaght

By William O'Connor

Sightless Cinema returns to Tallaght on Wednesday, October 2, after last year’s uplifting performance.

Gather in the darkened cinema of IMC Cinema in The Square shopping centre for the première of a new programme of short radio plays in surround sound, where all the pictures will be in your head.

LIFE Sightless CInema 2019 compressor

Tony Scanlon and Martin Dundon

The lively mix is devised and performed by White Cane Audio Theatre, Tallaght, a group of blind and visually impaired people led by director-deviser Ciarán Taylor.

Since 2015 Sightless Cinema has been delighting audiences of blind and sighted who can share an evening at the cinema together without pictures.

It draws them into a mesmerising world of surround sound in unique listening events in the dark. Previous performances, including Lighthouse Cinema and DCU Cinema, have sold out.

“It is rare to get a concentrated time to listen together these days, and the Sightless Cinema audience share a powerful experience of individual imagination where the stories come to life in each person’s head, and, unlike at a film, they are placed in the centre of the sound world with voices and action coming from all directions – and it’s great fun,” said Director Ciarán Taylor

 The line-up includes the infidelity comedy Green Eyes; Blind Fury, a true story of a blind man attacked in an English bar during the height of the IRA bombing campaign; The Right Place a comedy of crossed wires; and a live performance of A Dog’s Life about the mishaps of one man and his guide dog crossing Dublin in a hurry.

A second White Cane Audio Theatre troupe present Red Handed, a family drama about a wake with a startling twist.

The group met weekly for eight months to create, perform and record the plays.

Sightless Cinema 2019 is in partnership with the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, and is funded by South Dublin County Council Arts Office,with recording facilities provided by Contact Studios at Rua Red Arts Centre, Tallaght.

Sightless Cinema will take place in IMC Tallaght on Wednesday, October 2 from 7pm to 8.30pm. 

Tickets, which cost €5, are on sale at Eventbrite HERE

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