Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, this play traces a journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into a solo performance. In 1969, a National Geographic photographer found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life, bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus.
'A brilliant piece of theatre… a marvellously luminous and engaging show that teaches us, entertains us and finally transports us'
- The Arts Desk
'Blindingly ingenious… a stunning mix of communal and personal epiphany that’s the hi-tech equivalent of chomping on a hallucinogenic cane toad'
- Time Out
'This is, in every sense, an adventure… both an extraordinary yarn and an expedition into theatrical possibility'
- The Times
'Astonishing... a hypnotic, almost religious experience that warrants those two much-abused terms, “immersive” and “unmissable”'
- Evening Standard
'Masterful storytelling from a man and a company who are incapable of remaining within known theatrical boundaries'
'The stuff of a twisting, turning, thoroughly engrossing fairytale... McBurney captures the metaphysical spirit - as well as the pulse-quickening heart - of the experience with this head-turning, spellbinding show'
'The effect is a soundcloud of a process, in which fact and fiction, past and present, research and production intermingle, spinning a story out of the air'
'Astonishing… the power of this story is enough to knock you flat'
‘In a solo performance made with many people... [McBurney] pulls the thread of a story from out of the noise of contemporary western life and the sounds of the jungle to create a meditation on interconnectedness, perception and time’
‘The Encounter is a tour de force that shows contemporary theatre at its most immersive and thought-provoking’
- Financial Times