Theatre review: Leaving Planet Earth

Leaving Planet Earth. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Leaving Planet Earth. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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MY personal quantifier, strapped to my left hand, is glowing - my wellness level is fluctuating. Not a good thing, here on New Earth.

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An hour ago I departed Old Earth on Voyager 8600, one of the last colonists to desert a dying world. Now, having pledged myself to the future and made the ‘jump’ through interstellar space, I am well and truly immersed in the latest EIF/Grid Iron production, Leaving Planet Earth - which actually leaves from the EICC. The climbing centre at Ratho doubling as New Earth.

If we are the sum of our memories, what happens when nostalgia becomes the enemy. When the past pulls us back, preventing us from moving forward in our lives. That, in a nutshell, is the dilemma facing the characters at the heart of this courageous piece of theatre. That, and sibling angst and a lightly sketched power struggle.

An uneven cast, those who convince do so effortlessly, those who do not come straight from the Blakes 7 school of melodrama (along with the quilted and shimmery ‘futuristic’ costumes), includes standout performances from Anna-Maria Nabirye as Meeka and Chris Nayak as Hal.

As with all promenade/interactive theatre, the more you invest, the more you get in return. Ignore the plot holes in the writing and the ending, an anti-climax that leaves a lack of final closure, and you might just be able to give yourself over to the pull of a fun night out.

Until 24 August