80s sci-fi coming-of-age adventure with epic songs, for all the family


80s sci-fi coming-of-age adventure with epic songs, for all the family


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.


Being performed nearly 100 times across the UK, Journey to the Impossible is still available for touring.  Past venues include Salisbury Playhouse and The Lowry, as well as rural touring schemes, e.g. Carn to Cove. The show was commissioned by The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter as an antidote to your conventional Christmas pantos.

This show is available for touring. Please contact us for further information.

“A fun-filled nostalgia-fest”


“Smart, fast, and very, very funny, Journey to the Impossible is an uncynical fever dream of childhood nostalgia”


“The hopeful moral message of friendship, trust and bravery is heart-warming and welcome”. 



★★★★★ ‘A joyous, exuberant play’ A Younger Theatre

★★★★ ‘I took 4 children ages 5, 7 and 10 to see Journey to the Impossible yesterday in Poole and just had to say how fantastic it was! We roared with laughter from start to finish.’

★★★★ ‘’Saw it at the West End Centre with hubby and 12 year old daughter. Fab show full of laughter, music, and great characters. Thoroughly recommend!’

★★★★ ‘Fantastic, funny and immersive theatre, for all the family. We loved it!’


Devised and performed by Dan Armstrong, Lucy Bishop, Duncan Cameron &  Javier Ariza

Directed by Mercè Ribot & Patricia Rodríguez

Written by Mercè Ribot & Patricia Rodríguez in collaboration with Matt Harvey.

Designed by Sophia Clist

Sound Design by Dan Lees

Lighting Design by Seth Rook Williams

Music composed by Dan Lees with additional content by Joe Darke and the company

Produced by Bridget Floyer (Larking Arts) and Claire Gaydon (2019 tour)

Production Managed by Elaine Faulkner (Stage services)

Tour Manager Fergus Waldron/Bryony Byrne

R&D Collaborators: Joe Darke, Madeleine Hyland, Fionn Gill

Photography by Matt Austin and Pau Ros

Flyer design by Alex Jackson

Trailer by Joseph Brett

Supported by

Originally commissioned by The Bike Shed Theatre, Activate Performing Arts, Pound Arts and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. With thanks to Unicorn Theatre for their additional support.

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Photos by Matt Austin