The Encounter

The Encounter

A one off service and handling fee of $8.95 applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


7 – 11 Mar 2017
Duration 1hr 50mins


Tue, 7 Mar 2017, 8:00PM
Wed, 8 Mar 2017, 8:00PM
Thu, 9 Mar 2017, 1:30PM
Thu, 9 Mar 2017, 8:00PM
Fri, 10 Mar 2017, 8:00PM
Sat, 11 Mar 2017, 2:00PM
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A Reserve
Adult $89.00
Friends $76.00
Concession $70.00
Under 30 $30.00
Morning Melodies $40.00
A one off service and handling fee of $8.95 applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


Dunstan Playhouse


Wheelchair Access, Assistive listening. Performances suitable for vision impaired patrons.

Concession includes

Pensioner, Senior, Fulltime Student with ID

Presented by Complicite
Directed by Simon McBurney

Following acclaimed runs in London, Edinburgh, on Broadway and beyond, The Encounter comes to Adelaide.

Renowned UK theatre company Complicite’s latest piece is based on the compelling true experiences of a National Geographic photographer who found himself lost amongst the remote people of the Javari Valley in the Amazon. It was an encounter that changed his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus.

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. Using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of stunningly real sound, this is an extraordinary theatrical event.

Completely transporting... a gripping thriller... sensational Variety
Someone is blowing in your ear, and it isn’t anybody in your immediate vicinity. You can feel this distant person’s breath (hot) and his urgency (hotter), and the sound of him is all over the place – behind you, before you, to either side of you, close and distant, shouting and whispering, sometimes in several voices at once The New York Times

Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
Director Simon McBurney
Performed by Richard Katz
Co-director Kirsty Housley
Design Michael Levine
Sound Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin
Lighting Paul Anderson
Projection Will Duke
Associate Director Jemima James

Festival Hospitality: Preshow dinner packages available at participating Fast Fine Dines restaurants. Contact 08 8216 4428 for more information on corporate or group functions.

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

Photo Robbie Jack

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Presented by Adelaide Festival