SCIENCE JOINS THEATRE
INTO THE UNCANNY VALLEY
by Jean Betts with Charlie Bleakley, based on an idea by Charlie Bleakley and Nick Wyatt, with thanks for refinements to the original cast
Director: Charlie Bleakley
Produced by Lumina Productions
as part of STAB 2012 (with thanks to Creative NZ)
at BATS, Wellington
From 3 Nov 2012 to 17 Nov 2012
Reviewed by Lynn Freeman, 7 Nov 2012
originally published in Capital Times
The opening few minutes of this fusion of physics and theatre take your breath away – it's a lighting and sound sensation that promises something remarkable. The STAB shows are all about exploring new technology (tick), boundary pushing (tick), experimentation (tick), and producing an unforgettable night at the theatre (tick). Taking on physics and the universe for 90 minutes in a small black box is madness, but Charlie Bleakley and his remarkable team of actors and crew produce one hell of a big bang on stage.
Jennifer Lal has been a leading light in lighting for years and in Uncanny Valley all that experimentation and experience fuse together. It's a work of great beauty – light, the play says, is what holds the universe together and Lal's lighting is a defining feature of a beautiful production. Paddy Bleakley, Buster Flaws and Laura Dunkley's complex soundscapes, and Adam Page's music, and Dan Untitled and Tim Jordan's projection design, are also fundamental to the production's brilliance. [More]
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