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‘Catching Comets’ heads to London

A brilliantly executed one-man show, Catching Comets introduces Toby as he recounts the time  he saw a comet shooting towards Earth.

Catching Comets is two stories told at the same time: a disaster movie about falling in love and a  rom-com about the end of the world. Following their acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe  2019, Ransack Theatre now present the London premiere of this multidimensional mash-up. 

A brilliantly executed one-man show, Catching Comets introduces Toby as he recounts the time  he saw a comet shooting towards Earth. When nobody takes his warning seriously, he panics and transforms into a full-blown blockbuster action hero. Complete with dark glasses, helicopters and a lust for all things physical, Toby embarks on a fantasy mission to protect the  world. However, intertwined and interrupting is another tale; of falling in love, of vulnerability,  of coping with emotions – a reality that can’t be escaped through faux bravado.  

Heart-warming, honest and intimate, Catching Comets sees Toby lay bare how difficult he finds  it to fall in love, knowing that at any point the girl of his dreams may realise he is not big, strong  and brave in the way he thinks she deserves. He’s not a hero. In fact, most of the time, he’s  scared. 

Catching Comets is a funny and engaging piece of new writing, blending theatre and cinematic  license in a high-energy whirlwind on stage. This bold new work parodies the screen hero at its most extreme to interrogate its relevance to today’s cultural landscape. Millions avidly watch  unrelatable screen heroes presented as the best role models, but is there more strength to be  found in vulnerability? 

Writer Piers Black comments, The show came about largely in response to the trend of rebooting  and remaking big Hollywood action blockbusters. For a lot of people, the thrill that comes with  that is re-living the moments of wonder and excitement from your childhood again. But, there  was something quite striking about re-visiting a lot of the characters from my childhood. A lot of  them are terrible role models. The world is a very different place and our attitudes and tolerance  for some of the behaviour they display has moved on a long way. For a lot of young men, those  people were their idols and who they wanted to be like when they grew up. The play is asking  how we’re meant to be brave today if all our ideas of bravery come from this dated and  unachievable source? What does strength look like for anyone who doesn’t have a six pack? And  how can we fill a theatre show with a load of cinematic action pastiches but still give it a real  heart? 

Catching Comets and Ransack Theatre are pleased to be supported by the Royal Exchange  Theatre. The production will be performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Theatre Clwyd in  Mold and other venues as part of a small tour. 

Title Catching Comets 

Performance Dates Tuesday 14th – Sunday 19th September 2021 Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm 

Saturday matinee, 3pm 

Sunday, 6pm 

Location Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF 

Box Office Tickets are available from Pleasance Theatre Box Office on 020  7609 1800 or online at Tickets are priced from £14 (£11).