Attending a theatre performance in the Science Museum in South Kensington sounded like a novel experience, and the play, Sound & Fury’s Going Dark, sounded intriguing. Written by Hattie Naylor, the show centres on astronomer Max, mixing science with human interest as Max’s sight degenerates and his relationship with his six-year-old son is explored. It inventively experiments with sensory deprivation, at some points plunging the audience into total darkness.
Tom Espiner successfully carries the show as Max, inviting audience sympathy as his condition worsens, and inspiring us with his exploration of the universe. The solar system and the stars come to life on the ceiling above us: I’d forgotten just how fascinating astronomy can be.
The whole atmosphere of the show was superb, with fantastic sound design and lighting – or lack thereof. I’m glad I took the opportunity to see this absorbing show.