E52’s new production Pale Blue Dot returns to Hull after recent successful performances at Blue Dot Festival, Jodrell Bank and is part of the programme of work that makes up this September’s Heads Up Festival. Pale Blue Dot will be performed at Kardomah94 on September 12-14.
Pale Blue Dot is supported financially by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants and the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Culture Fund.
The new piece of work is written by Dave Windass and directed by Andrew Pearson. The play combines live performance, original music by The Broken Orchestra, animation and graphic novel artwork, the latter being created by illustrator and E52 collaborator Gareth Sleightholme. Pale Blue Dot will be performed by Sarah Brignall and 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.
Writer Dave Windass said: “The premise might sound somewhat grim – the end of the world, as we know it – but Aiko’s journey sees her coming to terms with having to begin again and not repeating the mistakes of previous generations.
“Audiences at Blue Dot festival embraced the storytelling that we combine with a host of other elements in what is a genuinely collaborative piece of work. Gareth’s artwork is incredible and, having collaborated with him previously (on Revolutions) it’s been great to work together again with someone of his undeniable talent.
“The Broken Orchestra’s music is sublime and, again, we’re really pleased that they’ve provided us with such a stunning contribution to the play. Pale Blue Dot is, first and foremost, a piece of entertainment but there’s a serious message at its heart. We’re all really excited about bringing the show back to Hull.”
Pale Blue Dot
An E52 Production
Written by Dave Windass
Directed by Andrew Pearson
Performed by Sarah Brignall
Artwork by Gareth Sleightholme
Original Music by The Broken Orchestra
Design by Sarah Mole
Where: Kardomah 94, Hull, HU1 2AN
When: 12-14 September, 7.30pm