Theatre and sci-fi have not often been comfortable companions, but this stage version of Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 classic novel, best known from movie versions by Andrei Tarkovsky and Stephen Soderbergh, is a brilliant fit. Already seen in Melbourne and Edinburgh, David Greig’s adaptation, directed by Matthew Lutton, appeals as much to the heart as it does to the head. It reframes the story about a space mission whose astronauts face psychological turmoil as Solaris, the planet they are orbiting, starts to talk to them. Rachel O’Riordan has already had a hit as the Lyric’s new artistic director with A Doll’s House - and this is an equally canny piece of programming.
On a space station orbiting Solaris, three scientists have made contact with a new planet. Sent from earth to investigate reports of abnormal activity on-board, Kris Kelvin arrives to find one crew member dead and two who are seeing things that cannot be explained. When her dead lover appears to her, it seems she too has fallen victim to the mystery of this strange planet. Should she return to reality, or is this her chance to turn back time? Have the crew been studying Solaris – or has it been studying them? This psychological thriller asks who we are when we’re forced to confront our deepest fears. Our international co-production arrives at the Lyric direct from The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and Melbourne, Australia. Age Recommendation: 14+