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Pioneer (Curious Directive/ NNF/ Watford Palace Theatre/ Escalator East To Edinburgh)

By | Published on Tuesday 5 August 2014

The human urge to explore and to pose big questions is at the heart of this ambitious, fact-based sci-fi mystery. The understated plot follows six characters on separate journeys into extreme environments, from Siberia, to the bottom of the ocean, to the surface of Mars. Bold staging and an impressive shifting set help to evoke these distant worlds, giving a clear shape to the philosophical script. It’s well served by a strong cast who take care to make their characters complete and believable. Though their disparate stories do develop slowly, they arrive at a surprising and satisfying conclusion. Great science fiction can expand horizons and push boundaries, and that’s exactly what this production succeeds in doing.

Zoo Southside, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]