Icarus honours Lovecraft's seminal tale as his Dyer leads us through his discoveries in the Antarctic ice, we question his reliability, his sanity, and then at last even our own place in the order of things.
To protect the world, he keeps deep secrets about his experience that he knew would shatter his sanity. But as he comes to the realisation that we, the audience, are planning to go further into the arctic than he dared, will his secrets unfold? Will he finally be resigned to speak? Will he share the truth, and give us terrifying glimpses of - the horror of things that should not be?
Be drawn into the untold world of the Antarctic, and stumble upon unnameable horrors that lie beyond The Mountains of Madness.
Director: Max Lewendel
Production Manager: Theo Holloway
Set Designer: Christopher Hone
Costume Designer: Kate Unwin
Sound & Music: Theo Holloway
Lighting Designer: Declan Randall
Stage Manager: Lisa Berrystone, Stevie Carty
Graphic Artist: Obsidian Design, Alison Hooper
Photographer: George Riddell
William Dyer: Tim Hardy
Lake: Joel Gorf
Danforth: Matthew Bloxham
After their successful collaboration on The Trials of Galileo touring Malta, Spain, the Edinburgh Fringe, America, and the UK, RSC actor and RADA faculty Tim Hardy rejoins the collective for his 50th year working in the industry as the leader of the ill-fated expedition, offering theatre audiences a masterclass in acting. William Dyer is brought vividly to life, trapped and tormented by visions of what he saw – and what he could not possibly have seen – in those ancient, Antarctic mountains of madness.
Supporting this performance, Composer and Audio-visual designer Theo Holloway will conjure the freezing terror that haunts our protagonist. A long-time Icarus collaborator, his work blends the musical, the atmospheric, and the subliminal in to an enveloping and terrifying whole.
The success of HP Lovecraft is found more in what is not said, what is not shown, offering a tantalising glimpse into a maddening world just beyond our reach.
Each production can be accompanied by a full array of workshops and curricular activities. Free programmes for school groups.
Estimated Running time: 1h30m including interval
So enjoyable in fact I've seen it twice (at Guildford's 'Yvonne-Arnaud' theatre and Clapham's 'Omnibus' theatre), and no doubt will be seeing it again if the tour continues for some time smile emoticon
A most engaging and entertaining performance, with a remarkable emotional range displayed. Bravo
It was a masterclass in acting with a thespian who held his audience in the palm of his hand as he conducted a one man play.