THE first performance at the new Beacon arts centre in Greenock will be the premier of play In An Alien Landscape, by Liverpool writer, Danny Start.
The performance by production company Birds of Paradise will be in the Beacon’s Studio theatre, pictured, on Friday 1 February. A second show has been added for Saturday 2 February because of demand. The production then goes on tour across Scotland.
The Beacon’s artistic director Julie Ellen is directing the play which is inspired by a true event and uses humour and irony to tell the story, entering the world of brain injury, consciousness, memory and creativity.
In An Alien Landscape is about Albie, an ordinary man who experienced 'a scuffle with death' which unleashed his creative genie. He can't stop painting since he emerged from a coma. The extraordinary chaos of Albie's life and the sound of a continuous rushing white noise in his head drives his compulsion to paint.
The cast includes Paul Cunningham, David Toole, who performed as part of the Paralympic opening ceremony, and Morag Stark.
As well as being audio-described and BSL interpreted] [Friday only, the Greenock performance will be surtitled. Surtitling sees the dialogue projected on to a screen above the live action taking place on stage. This allows hearing-impaired patrons, or audience members where English is not their first language, to enjoy theatre productions more fully.
The performance is at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions and are available by calling the Beacon on 01475 723723.