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Blindness at Northcote Town Hall

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My time will come too. Perhaps at the very next moment, without even giving me time to finish what I'm saying to you now, at any moment, just as it happened to them, or, perhaps I'll wake up blind or go blind as I close my eyes to sleep, thinking I've just dozed off ...

In an everyday city, we don't know where or when, people are becoming infected with a contagion which inexplicably causes them to lose their sight. In a desperate attempt to contain the spreading disease, the blind are placed in a mental asylum, turned quarantine base for their protection and that of the rest of the city.

Confined in cramped wards and isolated from the rest of the world, the inmates struggle to maintain their humanity and civility towards one another as food becomes sparse, tensions build between hostile inmates and all are left to blindly squander in their own filth.

From the novel by Nobel Prize Winning José Saramago, this will be the story's début performance on an Australian stage.

The large cast production has been adapted and directed by Bob Pavlich (Green Room Award Winner – Best Direction Independent Theatre, 2004) and will be performed at Northcote Town Hall during August in Studio One as part of La Trobe Student Theatre and Film off-campus season. The season will include Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, The Car Cemetery and Limbus.

Blindness Gala opening is on Tuesday 16 August 8.30pm, and will be performed Saturday 20th, Thursday 25th and Sunday 28th August at 8.30pm, and Thursday 18th, Sunday 21st, Tuesday 23rd and Saturday 27th August at 6.30pm.

For bookings and enquiries please call the La Trobe Student Theatre and Film Office on 9479 1198 or email

Bookings can also be made via the Northcote Town Hall website at
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Why? Début performance on an Australian stage
When: 18, 21, 23, 27 August: 6:30pm / 16, 20, 25, 28 August: 8:30pm
Where: Northcote Town Hall
Cost: Adults – $17 / Concession – $12
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