Royal Court


30 Mar 2016 - 07 May 2016

£12.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

3.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

3.0 out of 5.0

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It’s a tax write-off. This is where they send the new, the underqualified, the old. And most of all the British.

Mars is full of blonde Americans. It’s like they’re building the master race out there.

Billions of miles from home, the lone research base on Pluto has lost contact with Earth. Unable to leave or send for help, the skeleton crew sit waiting.


Waiting long enough for time to start eating away at them.
To lose all sense of it.
To start seeing things in the dark outside.

Can you help me?

I really feel like I’m…
I’m hanging on by my nails here…

New play from the writer of Pomona

Royal Court [Off West End]

“McDowall’s new play confirms him as one of the most imaginative and talented new voices in British theatre today. ”

Tom Wicker (Time Out, The Stage, Telegraph)

“So unabashedly other that I suspect it’ll be heavily misunderstood... I found it mesmerising... The cast are great. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“50 per cent sitcom, 50 per cent archetypal sci-fi... The dénouement alters and deepens our understanding of what we’ve witnessed”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Full-on, trad dystopian sci-fi with a rising edge of psychosis... Raine is excellent as the anxious snippy Gilda. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“If ultimately a more cerebral than visceral experience, it’s a singular leap into the unknown... Meatier in retrospect. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Puts its themes before its situation... For all I admire the concept and daring, I was left thinking: Y? ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“A slow-burning tension... well served by airtight production, unnervingly off-kilter design and a talented cast. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Raine does an excellent job... Claustrophobic production... finely tuned performances... A slippery, challenging piece. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“An intriguing set of characters... Two subtle, funny and highly-strung performances... Impressive and unsettling. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“McDowall’s force of expression is matched by his visual imagination... Cudgels with its obliqueness. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Not exactly out of this world... The characters don’t connect or intrigue. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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