Sci-fi spectacle is impressive to watch but lacking in story
This article is from 2012.
Based on the science fiction stories of the Polish writer Stanislaw Lem, Teatr Biuro Podrozy’s new outdoor extravaganza, Planet Lem, presents the tale of a nightmarish dystopia, where machines rule people and people are completely reliant on machines for even the most menial of tasks.
Completely unique in style, look and story, Planet Lem’s strength lies in its staging, its use of physicality and costume. But while the piece looks and sounds very good, with some interesting narration and industrial music, the plot and storyline of a man trying to fight back against his robot overlords seem to get lost in scenes of movement that, while impressive to watch, do little to bring the story to its explosive conclusion.
Featuring some impressive moving staging, Teatr Biuro Podrozy’s tale of revolution will resonate with those familiar with Lem’s science fiction novels, as those who haven’t been acquainted with his work might find this piece confusing. However, beneath the movement and costuming lies a very important message about contemporary society’s increasing reliance on machines: a universal truth that cannot be ignored.
Old College Quad, 226 0000, until 26 Aug, 9pm, £13–£15 (£10–£13).