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20th April 2017
World-class, genre defying theatre comes to Blackpool as Out Of This World unfolds a thrilling adventure in the mind of a woman in a coma.
Tuesday 9 May at Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Out Of This World is action packed theatre, set in the mind of a woman in a medically induced coma. Within a world of projected film and animation, it combines stunning aerial choreography, explosive special effects and edge of the seat storytelling to create a show that is both psychological thriller and heart-rending, medical drama.
The show propels its audience through one woman’s descent into the depths of a medically induced coma. Once safely cocooned, she discovers a shocking truth that forces her to escape her subterranean safe house in a very real fight for life.
It is created by Mark Murphy, celebrated internationally for genre-defying shows combining his skills as writer, director, designer, filmmaker and choreographer. In recent years, he has led ambitious, large-scale outdoor events and international ceremonies for audiences in excess of 70,000, including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony (featuring 1500 Glaswegians alongside stars such as Kylie Minogue, Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie Maclean).
Out Of This World marks his welcome return to the stage for the first time in ten years.
Out Of This World has been researched with a Consultant Neurosurgeon, a Consultant Anesthetist and the clinical lead for the West Midlands Air Ambulance, with a development period that has taken Mark from a neurosurgical operating room to aerial rehearsal rooms in Buenos Aires.
Mark Murphy: ‘Out Of This World’s heroine Ellen is not only the main character but, intriguingly, also the location for the show – as much of the action takes place deep within her injured brain. It can be a playful place although often it is terrifying; and ultimately it is revelatory. A profound truth lies in the revelation that the pain endured, the tests faced and skills acquired while she is deep under the heavy blanket of a medically induced coma demonstrate the extraordinary capacity of the mind to equip the human heart with all it needs to survive outside of this deep sleep. I want audiences to dive deep with her on this journey into herself and be thrilled and stunned by the action she and they encounter.’