Malthouse's artistic director Matthew Lutton is working with award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig on this adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s seminal sci-fi novel.
It’s been turned into two films in the past, but Greig is going back to the original source material to tell a story about a mysterious planet where visitors encounter the ghosts of long-lost loved ones. Leeanna Walsman and Keegan Joyce will star with the UK’s Fode Simbo and Jade Ogugua in this co-production with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre. Hugo Weaving will joins the cast in a cinematic role, bringing to life the video diaries left by Dr Gibarian about the mysterious occurrences on Solaris station.
"I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Malthouse Theatre again, following the stylishly sinister Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Matthew Lutton is an incredible director – creative and cool – and I
can’t wait to see him bring the script to life with our international
said David Grieg who is both scriptwriter and Artistic Director Lyceum Theatre
"Set in a space station orbiting a conscious planet made entirely of water, I first knew of the story when I saw the 70s sci-fi thriller film. The story follows the experiences of a handful of astronauts as the planet below strives to make contact with each of them, in horrifying and heartbreaking ways, and it was only when I read the original 1961 book many years later that I came to realise how philosophical and achingly romantic the story is. At its heart, this version ofSolaris is a love story between a woman and a planet, and what happens to the self when it meets its significant other.?"
Expect something spooky and potentially even terrifying.