We call them ‘visitors’… they seem to be formed by our dreams.”
Within hours of arriving on a space station in orbit around the mercurial planetSolaris, psychologist
Kris is troubled by the evasive habits of her fellow scientists who
each seem haunted by ghosts. It’s not long before she herself is
confronted by the spectre of an old love.
At first these interactions are unnerving but soon they become
addictive. Are these apparitions real or is the planet conjuring them to
communicate with the spaceship’s crew? Soon the team’s research
mission becomes derailed into psychological odysseys of their own.
Following Tarkovsky and Soderbergh’s cult films, Lyceum Artistic Director David Greig, brings Stanisław Lem’s classic sci-fi novel to the stage for the first time, joining with DirectorMatthew Lutton,
of Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, to create a stylish 1960s space-scape
for a story which explores the nature of love, loss and consciousness.
Lyceum audiences will remember Lutton’s thrilling production of Picnic at Hanging Rock.Solaris will
similarly showcase his ability to play with genre and translate
the power of literature and film into the visceral experience of the
theatre.Solaris follows David Greig’s recent run of smash-hit adaptations includingTouching the Void and Local Hero.
Solaris is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh,Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.