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Solarplexus: An Alternative Energy Play (Project Mercury)

By | Published on Saturday 18 August 2018

With lights part-powered by an onstage bike, ‘Solarplexus’ walks the walk when it comes to its environmental message. In the midst of the apocalypse, vlogger-activist Ellen and her corporate brother journey to their father’s off-the-grid farm to search for a way out, which may involve his gender-fluid bicycle named Mercury Daniels. It’s a broadside against everything that caused our imminent and avoidable immolation, with especial venom reserved for the messianic tech moguls trying to innovate us out of it. With everything about the production so laudable it’s a shame the play doesn’t stick the landing – too many scenes get bogged down in arguments, and there’s a definite point where it stops even pretending to make any sense. Fun, but patchy.

Zoo Charteris, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]