Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris makes UK theatre debut

Solaris, Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 cult classic, will make its theatre debut in the UK this month. Directed by Dimitri Devdariani and performed by the Circa Luna Theatre Ltd and Rogue Biscuit Productions the play explores the philosophical story on human behaviour and psychology at the far side of the galaxy.

Aboard a scientific research station orbiting the planet Solaris, the plot follows psychologist Kris Kelvin, sent to the planet to study the ocean covering its surface. On arrival, he is confronted by a painful, hitherto unconscious memory, embodied in the physical likeness of a long-dead former lover. As other scientists aboard the ship appear to suffer similar torments, questions arise about what the “ocean” really is. Could it be a sophisticated organism capable of incarnating the memories? Can humans truly understand the universe around us without first understanding what lies within?

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