The Hero Who Overslept (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

The Hero Who Overslept

Flower power meets science in hopeful climate change story

Philip Woodford and Stephen Peak are not particularly polished actors. Woodford is a former barrister while Peak is an Open University lecturer in climate change. Their lack of experience on the stage shows but they are filled with a sort of avuncular lovableness that makes it easy to forgive the rough nature of their performance.

Both are deeply concerned with the damage being done to the environment. Peak approaches the problem with a hard-headed mathematical mind, while Woodford is a child of the 60s, who prefers cosmic connections and flower power to the scientific method.

The show centres around the two trying to find a satisfactory answer to the environmental crisis. Unsurprisingly, their ultimate conclusion is that the Mother Earth crew and those in academia must work together to save the planet.

Peak uses his experience as a lecturer to rattle off some truly alarming figures about how much damage has been done while Woodford offers meditation and cuddling. The aim of the of the piece is obvious, simultaneously trying to convey a sense of hopefulness, while attempting to inject a feelgood factor into the grim environmentalist message. And it hits its target, despite the ramshackle nature of the piece.

Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, until 28 Aug (not 21), 1.15 pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).

The Hero Who Overslept

  • 3 stars

Science and psychology mixed with dance to explore the world more thoroughly.