The Blind & The Intruder

The Blind by Maurice Maeterlinck
Designed by Jacob Hughes
Lighting by Nic Farman
Sound by Benji Sperring
Stage Management by Katie Lydon
Assistant Direction by Rachel Illingworth
Makeup by Francesca Arthur
Cast includes Gina Abolins, Saskia Roddick, Helena Payne, Judy Tcherniak, Michael Fellows, John Canmore (transfer John Banks), Rupert Baldwin and Darren Beaumont

Performed at the Old Red Lion, April 2013, transferred to the Tabard Theatre May 2013.

Nominated for Best Set Design at the Off West End Awards 2013.


The Blind follows eight blind archetypes of humanity – the Romantic, the Stoic, the Fantastist, the Realist, the Fearful, the Tormented, the Melancholic and the Pragmatic – as they are abandoned by their guide in the middle of the wilderness. Unable to see their surroundings, they come to realise that their salvation – the priest who has led them there – is dead in their midst. As the snow comes down and noises from the wilderness begin to build, how much are they prepared to sacrifice to save themselves?

“It is the images I shall remember from Benji Sperring’s production: vividly designed by Jacob Hughes, The Blind shows white-uniformed characters sitting on a floor strewn with paper and domestic detritus, as if survivors of some natural disaster…this revival is a fascinating collector’s item”

MICHAEL BILLINGTON, The Guardian, April 2013


A family alone in a desolate house, waiting for a doctor to arrive for an ailing mother and her dumbstruck baby. The blind Grandfather, confined to his wheelchair, begins to hear noises moving around the room, as if a monstrous presence stalks the household. The rest of the family, unable to see anything themselves, pass it off as an old man’s rambling. As the lights flicker and die, and the radio comes to life by itself, is there a presence, and is anybody safe?

“While these two short plays dating from 1890 now seem like historical curiosities, you can detect their influence on the work of Beckett. The Intruder, played first, is a spooky piece in which a family is gathered to await the arrival of a sister of mercy to attend an ailing woman: the flickering light, the silence in the garden and the blind grandfather’s sense that death has entered the room put me in mind of the ghost stories of MR James as much as the theatrical avant garde.”
MICHAEL BILLINGTON, The Guardian, April 2013