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Apollo13

Apollo 13: The Dark Side Of The Moon

★★★★

Online

Apollo 13

Apollo 13: The Dark Side Of The Moon

Online via Original Theatre

Reviewed – 11th October 2020

★★★★

 

“a poignant and prescient story about our connections and divisions”

 

It’s a little bit mind-blowing to think that last year marked half a century since we first landed human beings on the moon, in technology less advanced than the laptop I’m currently typing this on. It really boggles the brain to think what a short space of time that is in the grand scheme of things, and how exponentially far we’ve come since then.

Or have we? That’s the question Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon asks in this innovative online play from Original Theatre Online.

A mixture of transcripts and dramatic license by writer Torben Betts, Apollo 13 focuses on two different times: the mission itself that took place in 1970 with Fred Haise (Michael Salami), Jim Lovell (Christopher Harper), and Jack Swigert (Tom Chambers), and an interview in 2020 with Haise and Lovell (their 2020 selves are played by Geoff Aymer and Phillip Franks) reflecting on their experience. For those who don’t know or haven’t seen the Tom Hanks film, the Apollo 13 mission became famous after an unexpected fault jeopardises the lives of the astronauts and they along with NASA mission control (voiced by Jenna Augen with impeccable nuance) are forced to abort the moon landing and find a way to get home safely. It’s an inherently dramatic and tense story and Betts’ script knows exactly how to work with it. In using transcripts, it keeps a grounded authenticity to the situation unfolding, reinforcing that these were just real people trying to do a job as we initially see the mundanity of them flipping switches, making calculations, and finding the best way to sleep. It feels as though the fictional elements creep in more and more, building towards the 25 minute period where the ship went round the dark side of the moon, communications went down, and there are no transcripts available. Here, Betts fully flexes the play’s thesis, almost too on the nose: isolated in the midst of a crisis, are there parallels to be drawn between then and now?

It certainly feels like it. Confined and without a sense of control, tribalistic racial tensions begin to spill over between Haise and Swigert, illustrating clearly how little we’ve progressed in some aspects in fifty years, and how high pressure situations have the potential to expose both the best and worst in people.

Our present crisis has allowed Original Online to display stellar ingenuity in the way Apollo 13 has been produced: the actors were supplied green screens and equipment to film at home with provocative remote direction from Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters. It’s a testament to the actors’ dedication and generosity in their performances that it’s never even apparent they’re not in the same space, no doubt also thanks to Tristan Shepherd’s tight film direction and editing, driven by Sophie Cotton’s propulsive music.

Apollo 13 could have fairly easily been a dry and dusty retread of a story that many already know. This production capitalises on the context of its development to tell a poignant and prescient story about our connections and divisions.

 

Reviewed by Ethan Doyle

Photography by Michael Wharley

 

Original Theatre

Apollo 13: The Dark Side Of The Moon

Online via Original Theatre until 31st December

 

Previously reviewed by Ethan:
Four Play | ★★★ | Above The Stag | January 2020
The Guild | ★★★½ | The Vaults | January 2020
Far Away | ★★½ | Donmar Warehouse | February 2020
Republic | ★★★★ | The Vaults | February 2020
Ryan Lane Will Be There Now In A Minute | ★★★★ | The Vaults | February 2020
Big | | Network Theatre | March 2020
Stages | ★★★½ | Network Theatre | March 2020
Songs For A New World | ★★★ | Online | July 2020
Rose | ★★ | Online | September 2020
Entrée | ★★★★ | Online | September 2020

 

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Crazy For You

 

STRICTLY COME DANCING WINNER

CAROLINE FLACK

TO MAKE HER STAGE DEBUT AS ‘IRENE’ IN THE NATIONAL TOUR OF THE

WATERMILL THEATRE’S ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF 


“CRAZY FOR YOU”

OPENING AT THE THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH

17 AUGUST 2017

Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin are delighted to announce that Caroline Flack will make her stage debut as ‘Irene’ in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of “CRAZY FOR YOU”. Caroline joins the previously announced Tom Chambers as ‘Bobby’. From the producers of “Sister Act” and “Nativity! The Musical”, the national tour of ”CRAZY FOR YOU” opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 17 August 2017. Tour listings below.

 

www.crazyforyoutour.com

 

Caroline Flack won the 12th season of “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2014. She currently presents  ITV’s “Love Island” and her previous presenting credits include “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here NOW!” and “The Xtra Factor”. She has also presented “The X Factor”. Prior to presenting, Caroline trained in musical theatre.

Tom Chambers created the role of Jerry Travers in the West End musical “Top Hat”, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 2008 he won the 6th season of “Strictly Come Dancing”. He can currently be seen in the hit BBC drama “Casualty” and his other TV credits include “Holby City” and “Waterloo Road”. His recent stage credits include “Private Lives” and “White Christmas” in the West End.

High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, “CRAZY FOR YOU” is the ultimate feel-good musical with a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook. Mistaken identities, plot twists, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You, all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.

“CRAZY FOR YOU” is directed by The Watermill’s Artistic Director, Paul Hart, with musical arrangements by Catherine Jayes (The Color Purple, Broadway). It is choreographed by Nathan M. Wright (High Society, Old Vic) and is designed by Diego Pitarch (The Addams Family). Lighting design is by Howard Hudson (In the Heights) with sound design by Tom Marshall (Legally Blonde).

“CRAZY FOR YOU” has Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Book by Ken Ludwig, co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent. It is inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan. “CRAZY FOR YOU” was originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams. Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman.

Photography by Richard Davenport

 

 

 


“CRAZY FOR YOU”

UK & IRELAND TOUR 2017

THURSDAY 17 AUGUST – SATURDAY 26 AUGUST 

THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH www.theatreroyal.com

TUESDAY 29 AUGUST – SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

LEEDS GRAND THEATRE www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

TUESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER   

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE www.wmc.org.uk

TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE www.theatreroyal.co.uk

TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

DUBLIN BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION www.southendtheatre.org.uk

TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER 

THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM www.trch.co.uk

TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 

BRISTOL HIPPODROME  www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome

TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 

GLASGOW KING’S THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre     

TUESDAY 24 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME www.birminghamhippodrome.com

TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER

NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER

SHEFFIELD LYCEUM THEATRE www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER

MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON www.mayflower.org.uk

TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER

MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE  www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER

LIVERPOOL EMPIRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire

 

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