Fringe Review: If I Die on Mars @theSpace – Venue 45
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Through some outstanding acting, thought-provoking dialogue and a fascinating way of playing with random objects and lighting, 'If I die on Mars' successfully displayed several different angles about the one-way mission to Mars – some that otherwise maybe would have hardly been thought about by many.
Image courtesy of If I Die on Mars / Queen Mary Theatre CompanyAt the start, the audience gets introduced to the different characters selected to potentially partake in the Mars mission. Through a playful way, we learn about their quirks, dreams and aspirations. We learn why precisely these people applied for this mission in the first place. The actors of Queen Mary Theatre Company fully engage in the history of their characters – emotions clearly shown in their expression and words. There was no holding back with issues such as love and sex - or rather, the lack of such once in space - being addressed in a fun manner. The play never has more than five characters. A change in the scene is simple, yet brilliantly achieved through a change in choreography and lighting. The room darkened, torches swinging around, dreamy music played, all always perfectly matching the scene currently portrayed. Later, a spaceship is simulated out if a set of chairs.
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