E52 unveil their new work for 2018 at the autumnal season of the 2017 Heads Up Festival. Pale Blue Dot is written by E52’s writer-in-residence Dave Windass and will be directed by Andrew Pearson.
The play, which will be performed at Kardomah 94 on Friday October 13 in a special preview performance, will be E52’s contribution to next year’s national Season For Change.
The play is set in a future when the next ice age is hitting Earth and humanity looks set for extinction. Only main character Aiko appears to have survived a series of catastrophic events and has set sail in a makeshift boat. She makes an unlikely friend in Toru, a caracal.
Pale Blue Dot brings together live performance, music, animation and comic book artwork, the latter being created by illustrator and E52 collaborator Gareth Sleightholme.
Tickets for this performance are now available via Hull 2017.
Pale Blue Dot
Presented by E52
Written by Dave Windass
Directed by Andrew Pearson
Comic book artwork by Gareth Sleightholme
The first showing of an E52 work-in-progress.
Where: Kardomah 94, Hull, HU1 2AN.
When: Friday 13 October, 8pm.
The city is not in ruins – it is no longer there.
All cities on Earth have disappeared after the eco-disaster that humankind brought upon itself.
Water levels have risen, the next ice age will soon be upon us.
The planet, however, continues to thrive; as it always would.
And people? Where are they? Humankind is over. Almost. Only Aiko remains and is travelling this hostile environment via a makeshift boat.
Desperate to find human company and leave this mess behind, this naïve city kid heads to find the land – and the people – that she hopes must be out there somewhere.
And it is as she gets close to the great wide open that her solitude is disturbed. By the wise caracal Toru.
Both Aiko and Toru are lonely creatures and, against their better judgement, they decide to roam together, heading on a journey that allows them to focus on the true nature of planet Earth.
As the secrets of the planet in its new state are revealed, and with only Toru to advise her, Aiko has to make a decision that will impact on humankind – does she start the cycle of endless human interference in the planet’s wellbeing again? Or allow Earth to readjust, for the better, without us posing a threat to its future?