Journey to the impossible
Jules Verne meets The Goonies via Stranger Things
– a retro 80s adventure story for all the family.
‘A fun-filled nostalgia fest.’
Did you own a Walkman, play Donkey Kong or watch the Goonies? We made this show for you (oh, and for your kids).
The year is 1982, and three kids are in trouble. Bored one day, they try to get into their uncle’s mysterious attic and suddenly find themselves opening a door onto a parallel dimension: the city of Vernopolis, where no one has fun anymore. By means of Dip Dabs, walkie talkies and magical bandanas, you’ll be taken with them through the Improbable and the Unlikely, via the Intriguing and the Unethical, all the way back to where you started – not much older, hardly any wiser, but glad you went.
Along the way expect a play within a play, epic songs, a dash of Spielberg and Shakespeare, hip hop, and other incompatible styles in this unashamedly 80s sci-fi coming-of-age adventure for all the family.
‘Smart, fast and very, very funny.’
Originally commissioned by The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.
With the support of Activate, Pound Arts, Unicorn and Arts Council England.
Devised and performed by Dan Armstrong, Lucy Bishop & Duncan Cameron
Directed by Mercè Ribot & Patricia Rodríguez
Written by Mercè Ribot & Patricia Rodríguez in collaboration with Matt Harvey
Design by Sophia Clist
Sound design by Dan Lees
Music composed by Dan Lees with additional content by Joe Darke and the company
Lighting design by Seth Rook Williams Production Stage Manager Fergus Waldron
R&D Collaborators Joe Darke, Madeleine Hyland, Fionn Gill
Photography by Matt Austin
FOR LITTLE SOLDIER PRODUCTIONS
Artistic Directors Mercè Ribot and Patricia Rodríguez
Producer Bridget Floyer, Larking Arts
WITH HUGE THANKS TO:
Wendy Petitdemange at Activate, Sophie Moysey at Pound Arts and Sarah Turner-Higgins at the Bay Theatre, Weymouth College for supporting the early days of this show, and Tim Bell and Chloe Whipple who got us started at a crucial moment.