McBurney returns with a compelling solo performance

The Encounter

Inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu

Complicite, Simon McBurney

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Complicite returns to the Holland Festival with a compelling new solo performance directed and performed by Simon McBurney. In The Encounter, the British writer, actor and director delivers a show full of intrigue and wonder, gently whispering his story in the audience’s ears. McBurney has based his story on Petru Popescu’s non-fiction bestseller Amazon Beaming, about the American photographer Loren McIntyre who, in 1969, went in search of the mysterious Mayoruna tribe in the Amazon rain­forest. After Complicite’s spectacular multimedia staging of The Master and Margarita in 2012, McBurney has created another imaginative narrative form, using innovative sound technology and headphones for the audience. Combining the epic and the intimate, he turns this extraordinary encounter between two worlds into an exciting experience.


'Funny, profound, moving and visionary'
The Daily Mail ★★★★★

'...mesmerising theatrical trickery... spellbinding'
The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★

The Encounter is a tour de force'
Financial Times ★★★★★

A five-star hallucinogenic trip with Complicite … who are incapable of remaining within known theatrical boundaries. A must-see – or perhaps I should say, a must-hear'
Independent ★★★★★

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