Three kids are in trouble. Well, what do you expect if you knock on the door of an inter-dimensional portal and run away?
The year is 1982. Callum spends most of his time hanging out with his sister and his best friend. Bored one day, they try to get into his 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, we are taken through the Improbable and the Unlikely, via the Intriguing and the Unethical, all the way back to where we started – not much older, hardly any wiser, but glad we went.
Along the way expect a play within a play, epic songs, outbreaks of opera, hip hop, and other incompatible styles in this unashamedly retro adventure for all the family.
Originally commissioned by The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.
Directed by Mercè Ribot & Patricia Rodríguez
Devised and performed by Dan Armstrong, Lucy Bishop & Duncan Cameron
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 Manager Elaine Faulker
Stage Manager Charlotte Evans
R&D Collaborators Joe Darke, Madeleine Hyland, Fionn Gill
Photography by Matt Austin
With huge thanks to Wendy Petitdemange at Activate, Sophie Moysey at Pound Arts and Sarah Turner-Higgins at the Bay Theatre,
Weymouth College and Tim Bell and Chloe Whipple.