Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice is a poetic, visual exploration of time and memory.
Through a science fiction story of two astronauts stranded on mysterious planet, it uses the naive and colourful genre to talk about old age, memory, fiction and the complexities of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
The play is a triptych; three separate stories all connected by these themes. A real story of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who was left in orbit on space station MIR during the collapse of the Soviet Union; a woman in her kitchen at dawn, on the brink of losing her memory; and our two heroes stranded on a white planet, Captain Ko and her second in command, Admiral Al Stark.
Dancing Brick has joined a team of collaborators in both the artistic and scientific disciplines to create a work of complexity, ambition and beauty.
Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice is a touching and ingeniously clever portrait of the complexities and collapse of time, memory and space… while understandably alienating to some, is nonetheless a poetic and beautiful work that taps into one of the most sensitive and unpredictable of human faculties – time and memory – in a way that is challenging, unusual and wonderfully inspiring. This is a pioneering work for our age that is a real privilege to witness.
A Younger Theatre
Truly extraordinary… By the time we reached the third section, which cleverly recreated the sense of being in outer space using only a camera, a tea cup and a (large) roll of tin foil, I was a convert to the magic of Dancing Brick. The show, developed through collaboration with a professor of neuroscience, creates a sense of the human mind, which is at once so fragile and so intriguing. If like me, you enjoy theatre that both challenges and engages, this is the one to go and see.
Written and Performed by:
Valentina Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare
Professor Sergio Della Sala
Sound Design by:
Video Design by:
Set Design by:
Developed with grants from:
The Wellcome Trust
Arts Council England
And additional support from:
Tobacco Factory and Theatre Bristol
Milton Keynes Gallery