Directed by Simon McBurneyThe Encounter tells the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre who in 1969 found himself lost amongst the remote people of the Javari Valley in the Amazon. It was an encounter that radically changed his life.

For over thirty years, renowned UK theatre company Complicite has dazzled audiences with their spectacular use of technology in theatre. Fresh from New York’s Broadway, London’s West End and Edinburgh, their most immersive work to date uses state-of-the-art audio design to lead audiences into a remote world, raising some of the most urgent questions of today: how do we live and what do we believe to be true.

As each member of the audience dons a headset, they are plunged into the Amazon through a 3D soundscape, where the heat of the rainforest and the whisper of unfamiliar languages whip through the ears, in an intoxicating and immersive experience. Expect to be on the edge of your seat.

 

HEARING IMPAIRED PATRONS

The Encounter is experienced through headphones and heavily incorporates a stunning sound design. Whilst many people with minor hearing impairments will find the headphone system adequate to hear the show, we also have oversized headphones for those wearing external heading aids, can provide personal induction loops, and have sockets for patrons with direct inputs. We can also provide a mono version of the show, and independent volume controls for people with reduced hearing in one ear. 

"AN HALLUCINATORY, TECH-AUGMENTED TOUR DE FORCE, THE ENCOUNTER IS AN EXTRAORDINARY FEAT OF THEATRICAL STORYTELLING UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU WILL HAVE EXPERIENCED BEFORE"
— The Age
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"THE ENCOUNTER IS A CHALLENGING AND MESMERISING PERFORMANCE THAT CREATES A WORLD IN OUR MINDS AND REMINDS US OF THE EXTRAORDINARY SKILL OF THE ACTOR AND THE MAGIC THAT IS GREAT THEATRE"
— Herald Sun

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre–Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Richard Katz

Partners

INSPIRED BY /

The book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu

DIRECTION /

Simon McBurney

PERFORMED BY /

Richard Katz

CO-DIRECTION /

Kirsty Housley

DESIGN /

Michael Levine

SOUND /

Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin

LIGHTING /

Paul Anderson

PROJECTION /

Will Duke

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR /

Jemima James

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Tactile Tour

Dates & Times

OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Thu 2 Feb
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 7 Feb
TACTILE TOUR 7.30pm, Thu 9 Feb

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

1 hour, 55 minutes (no interval)

NOTE /

Headphones are supplied and will need to be worn by the audience throughout this performance.