BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt

I wasn’t entirely sure what I’d witnessed after walking out of BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt, a surreal play by Greek company THE.AM.A (Theater for People with Disabilities). At times I felt like Twin Peaks’ Agent Cooper in the Red Room, at others like I was left wondering what dystopian world I’d entered.

Incredibly well acted and it was fantastic to see a cast of disabled actors put on such a brave and interesting piece of work.

BLINDFOLD begins with a black and white film featuring a circus, with two actors dancing awkwardly on either side of the stage. A voiceover tells us we are in a dreamland. As the video and music fade out, our characters start talking and we learn that they are being held captive in a cage, but it is unclear by whom.

The characters, Duke and Donna, play out various scenes often slipping between reality and something else, which I found hard to grasp at times. I wanted to know why these two people were caged, and who had put them there.

Half way through, after a storm, we are transported to a new location, possibly the circus from the beginning, where we meet a flamboyant, birdlike woman (Star) and a ringleader (Manstro). We are told the hunt is beginning, but we never meet the hunters.

It leaves the question - if they are the hunted then who are the hunters? Perhaps us as the audience?

Star, Duke and Donna perform ‘tricks’, nursery rhymes and dances for the ‘hunters’, accompanied by some hypnotic chanting from Manstro. It is clear these people have been worn down for a long time by someone or something and are comfortable in their state of powerlessness.

At times it can be a little hard to understand what is being said as the actors aren’t using their first language, however the piece was incredibly well acted and it was fantastic to see a cast of disabled actors put on such a brave and interesting piece of work.

I would have liked to have seen some clarifying information either before or after the show to help add some context to what I’d watched, but I guess some things are best left to your own interpretation. 

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The hunt is on! In the absurd maze of society, who is the hunter? The prey cannot run, nor hide, enslaved in the arrogance of a system that devalues human nature and thrives in the deprivation of hope. A fear-producing industry relentlessly divides us into those producing and those consuming fear. THE A.M.A. – A professional group of disabled actors from Greece touring under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Tourism Board (EOT) . The battle to conquer all that is "different", and to combat prejudice within ourselves is the ultimate hunt!

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