A spaceman (Lewis Garvey) is in a spaceship on a mission. We later find out that he actually started off as the scullery cook, but became commander on the spaceship via a series of unfortunate events leaving the rest of the crew completely dead. This is not just a sci-fi drama though; there is romance. Our scullery-cook-turned-commander is romantically involved with PROM, the super computer who controls the spaceship, presented to us in the form of pre-recorded voiceover. The play is a telling of his relationships with references to the new world he is going to inhabit, and whether or not it might have dolphins.
Garvey performs against a black backdrop of fairy lights, sort of giving the look and feel of a starry sky. The stage itself is pretty much bare, apart from the microphone towards the front and a small plant pot. He is dressed in a white spacesuit with white wellingtons and has a helmet which looks like a high-tech dustbin lid. The more I think about it, the more certain I am that the helmet was made out of a dustbin.
The opening is all a bit too science-y for a novice, but quickly moves on to more relatable language. Garvey is sort of awkwardly charming. His reactions to the various voiceover characters seem genuinely live and he’s certainly very likeable. You can practically see the cogs working in his mind as he’s working out what he’s going to do or say next. His little dance he does is quite adorable.
Despite the script itself being quite lively, and Garvey delivering it as such, the show is rather monotonous. His performance is a bit like a best man’s speech at a wedding; it’s enjoyable enough, a little bit fun and the bloke who’s reading it out is likeable, but you don’t need to listen to it for a whole hour.
Perhaps this show needs an audience with a patient humour; there’s no tension or anything in particular to grip us to the story. It almost feels like it would be better suited to a YouTube mini-series, something I can watch in the background whilst doing something else. As much energy as Garvey gives to this show, it just begs for a bit more of a dramatic hold.