Friday, 11 November 2011 - Saturday, 12 November 2011
Going Dark is a one-man show that explores contemporary society's lost connection with the night sky, and the world around them, through the central story of a man who works in a planetarium and is slowly going blind.
How far can you see? A mile? A hundred miles? Or to the furthest shores of the universe to a faraway galaxy? Max is passionate about astronomy and it's his job to ask the cosmic questions. He works as the narrator at the city's Planetarium where he challenges his dwindling audiences with the mysteries of the stars and science. But in a society polluting the night sky with light and happier to explore the stars in a waxworks museum, he feels increasingly out of place.
When his own life takes an unexpected turn, Max discovers that seeing doesn't necessarily bring insight. Understanding the universe requires a different kind of vision.
Going Dark uses innovative immersive surround sound design, total darkness and imaginative lighting to reawaken our wonder at the cosmos and reveals how one man's vision becomes illuminated by darkness.
Funded by Arts Council England, the Wellcome Trust, the Institute of Physics and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Age recommendation: 12+
Traverse Theatre Club Hot Tickets: £3 off on Friday 11 November (book before 4 November)
School Groups: £6 plus one teacher free per 10 students
After show discussion: Friday 10 November
Traverse One, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh