Complicité programme for 2018 will include a reimagined version of Bryony Kimmings’ musical A Pacificist’s Guide to the War on Cancer and the return of the company’s multi award-winning one-man show The Encounter (pictured) starring artistic director Simon McBurney, which will have a new three-week run at London’s Barbican from mid-April.
It was Complicite producer Judith Dimant, who had just received her own cancer diagnosis, who first approached performance artist Bryony Kimmings to create a new show. Never one to shy away from creating art from life, Bryony asked Judith if she wanted to make a production about cancer. What followed was a baptism of fire, and an unexpected journey into the ‘Kingdom of the Sick’ – following patients, meeting doctors and learning from world experts. What Bryony didn’t know is how far into the Kingdom she would fall.
First seen in 2016 at HOME Manchester, Exeter Northcott and the National Theatre, the production will be revived and re-worked, directed by Kirsty Housley, co-Director of The Encounter and long-term Complicité collaborator with writer Bryony Kimmings performing in the production. A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer opens 26 January 2018 at Liverpool Playhouse and then visits Newcastle and Belgrade Theatre before touring to Australia.
From 14 April to 5 May 2018, Complicité returns to the Barbican in London with Simon McBurney’s spell-binding solo performance The Encounter, following an acclaimed Broadway run and global tour. The Encounter, premièred at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2015, tells the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre lost in a remote area of Brazil in 1969, which leads to a startling encounter that was to change his life.
In this solo performance, Simon McBurney threads scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s journey plunging the audience into a visceral inner voyage. As McIntyre’s mesmerising tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary performance asks some of the most urgent questions of today: about how we live and what we believe to be true.
This multi award-winning production (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, The Stage, The Evening Standard and Tony Award winner) uses a ground-breaking binaural sound design to plug-in to the power of the imagination, transmitted direct to the audience through provided headphones.
Following London, The Encounter will continue to tour internationally, visiting Antwerp, Berlin and Moscow.