Fuel to Present Sound&Fury's GOING DARK at The Science Museum, March 5-9
How far can you see? A mile? A hundred miles? Or to the furthest shores of the universe to a faraway galaxy?
Following two sold out runs at the Young Vic in 2011 and 2012, Sound&Fury's mesmerising Going Dark comes to the Science Museum this spring as part of a national tour, reawakening our wonder at the cosmos and revealing how one man's vision becomes illuminated by darkness.
Going Dark will run 5 - 9 March 2014 at 7.30pm every day and at 2.30pm from Friday to Sunday. Post-show discussions will take place 5 March (evening) and 7 March (matinee). Admission is £20, with Concessions £15 and student admission £8. The show is 75 minutes with no interval and is appropriate for ages 14+. For tickets, call 0870 870 4868 or visit sciencemuseum.org.uk/goingdark.
Passionate about astronomy, Max works as the narrator at the city's planetarium where he challenges his audiences with the mysteries of stars and science. When he begins to lose his sight Max discovers that understanding the universe requires a different kind of vision...
Exploring a unique parallel - the separation of a man from his world and of modern society from an appreciation of the cosmos - Going Dark asks vital questions of how we see and understand the universe around us.
Sam Mason, Commercial Director at the Science Museum said: "We're increasingly interested in working with artists and companies whose work illuminates different areas of scientific interest and we're dedicated to creating in our visitors and audiences a sense of intrigue and inquisitive wonder at the universe around us. Combining these two key aims is something we're particularly excited about doing with Going Dark; a genuinely spellbinding production by the fantastically innovative theatre company Sound&Fury."
Going Dark is written by award-winning playwright Hattie Naylor in collaboration with Sound&Fury, and designed by Aleš Valášek, who won the prestigious Linbury Prize for his design. Sound&Fury are renowned for their use of an innovative theatre vocabulary including immersive sound design, inspired lighting and total blackout; engaging the imagination and the senses with their groundbreaking productions. Going Dark was created by the company following the national and international success of their production Kursk, telling the story of the Russian naval disaster through the experiences of a group of British submariners.
Going Dark is performed by Tom Espiner, a co-founder of Sound&Fury with whom he has co-written, co-devised and performed in Ether Frolics (Shunt Vaults), The Watery Part of the World (BAC), and Kursk (Young Vic/UK tour/Sydney Opera House). His other credits include Macbeth (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory/Barbican Pit) and Anything Goes (National Theatre) and he was artist-in-residence at Birmingham University Physics & Astronomy department 2007 - 2008.
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum's world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.
Sound&Fury is a collaborative theatre company directed by Mark Espiner, Tom Espiner and Dan Jones. Their artistic interest lies in offering audiences new ways of experiencing stories using immersive environments and heightening of the aural sense. Previous work includes The Watery Part of the World, Ether Frolics and the critically-acclaimed Kursk which combined their signature theatrical techniques with a minutely detailed submarine-interior set by acclaimed designer Jon Bausor to immerse audiences in the secret world of a Royal Navy submarine.
Hattie Naylor is an award-winning writer and a co-founder of the company Gallivant: Bluebeard (Soho Theatre autumn 2013). Other credits include Piccard in Space with composer Will Gregory of Goldfrapp (Southbank Centre, directed by Jude Kelly), Ivan and the Dogs (Olivier Award-nominated; winner of the Tinniswood Award 2010), The Diaries of Samuel Pepys (BBC Radio 4 - nominated Best Radio Drama 2012), Mother Savage (directed by Craig Edwards) and Moominland Midwinter (directed by Alison Duddle and Lee Lyford).
Going Dark is produced by Fuel. Founded in 2004 and led by Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel is a producing organisation working with contemporary theatre artists to develop, create and present new work for all. Fuel's recent projects include The Victorian in the Wall (Will Adamsdale, Royal Court/UK tour 2013), Zero (Clod Ensemble, Sadler's Wells/UK tour 2013) and Landscape II (Melanie Wilson, BAC/UK tour 2013).