by Alistair McDowall

“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. 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…” Alistair McDowall's new play is directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone. Age guidance 14+ Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including a 20min interval) Production contains flashing lights. If you have any concerns, please contact our Box Office who will be able to assist you. "THE BIG IDEA: X": www.royalcourttheatre.com/season/the-big-idea-x The Big Idea is a strand of work at the Royal Court offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage. Events alongside X include short sound plays imagined for an impossible space, playwright Alistair McDowall in conversation with Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, and a discussion about the possibility of life on Pluto. "Find out more": www.royalcourttheatre.com/season/the-big-idea-x "£10 Monday": www.royalcourttheatre.com/your-visit/tickets/10-mondays/ tickets and £15 "Rush the Royal Court": www.todaytix.com/uk/london/rush/x tickets in partnership with TodayTix are available for X. Alistair McDowall's previous Royal Court credits include Talk Show (Open Court) and Brilliant Adventures (Young Writers Festival reading). Other credits include Pomona (Orange Tree / National Theatre), Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange / Live Theatre Newcastle), Captain Amazing (Live Theatre Newcastle and Edinburgh Fringe). Vicky Featherstone is Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre. Her work for the Royal Court includes How To Hold Your Breath; God Bless The Child; Maidan: Voices From The Uprising; The Mistress Contract; The Ritual Slaughter Of Gorge Mastromas; Untitled Matriarch Play and The President Has Come To See You. Her other work includes Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour; Enquirer, An Appointment with the Wicker Man; 27; The Wheel; Somersaults (National Theatre of Scotland); The Small Things; Pyrenees; On Blindness; Tiny Dynamite; Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco; Splendour; Crave (Paines Plough). Vicky was Artistic Director of Paines Plough 1997-2005 and Artistic Director of The National Theatre of Scotland 2005-2012. In 2016 Vicky will also direct Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. The Royal Court Theatre's work often includes adult content, language, and scenes of a disturbing nature. If you are worried about any potential themes please contact a member of our Box Office team who will be able to advice you on subject matter. "Insight Workshops are available for schools attending this production": www.royalcourttheatre.com/youngcourt/education/study-days/insight-workshops/


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