STARC Productions returns to the Bakehouse Theatre this March with award-winning playwright Nick Payne's captivating, playful and touching two-hander, CONSTELLATIONS.
Premiering at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2012, CONSTELLATIONS is a much celebrated romantic dramedy about life, love and death that is as clever as it is sweet-hearted.
The play follows Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a physicist, through their romantic relationship as they navigate the very human challenges that face us all, not least of which include the nature of time and ultimately, our mortality. In this spellbinding piece where life, love and science collide, the significant moments of a couple's life together are played out in different directions across infinite parallel paths, making us reflect on the precious moments we live and the life altering choices we make.
Nick Payne’s script presents a series of vignettes centering on the two characters across various parallel universes - the same setting and conversation, but different outcomes each time. Every choice, sways a path. Every mood, influences a response. Every action either brings the protagonists together or rips them apart. With impressive ingenuity, Payne has us seesawing between sweet and sour, comic and tragic as he guides us through this unconventional presentation of a love story set in 'the quantum multiverse' and has us asking ourselves the question, "what if there are infinite versions of you and I?" And what if there are multiple universes that pull our lives in a myriad of different directions?
Don't miss STARC's last production at the iconic Bakehouse Theatre!
"Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible—and so emotionally devastating?" New York Times
"It is a high-concept romance – a Sliding Doors to the power of 100 – and many other things at once: a drama about time and memory, about death and grief, playful and profound, comic and mournful. It asks big questions about existence, purpose and free will but, like the helium balloons in the backdrop, also feels weightless and fun. It affirms life, love and companionship even as it drives towards the death of its ending. A theatrical multiverse indeed." The Guardian
"Payne throws the boy-meets-girl story in the air and makes us look at it afresh. Love may be a happy accident, but it is a deeply felt one – as is this play." Culture Whisper