Dates and Times
Tue 16 - Wed 17 April 2019 at 9pm
Featured in our Spring 2019 programme. Browse the full season here.
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Presented by Thomas Ryalls
“But somewhere, in my head, there was this star, right? Not really a star but a thing not yet born which would become a star. It was a seed of rebellion left over from some long-gone ancestor and one day I realised I could make it burn.”
Tom once dreamed of being the first astronaut from Doncaster, he wanted it so much the thought of it burned like a hot star in his head. But, when he was 8 on a campsite near Scarborough that star went supernova and formed a black hole that the astronaut he dreamed of fell in to.
Tom had his first epileptic seizure, went into cardiac arrest and when he was revived he had to face the fact that he would never be allowed to go to space as an epileptic.
He doesn’t ever remember his seizures so now, over 15 years later, he’s going to try and reconstruct the story of what happened. With the help of his parents he’s going to defy science, reach into a black hole and take back the astronaut his epilepsy took from him.
With a score created from documentary interviews, music and the only surviving film of one of his seizures, Can You See into a Black Hole? is a show about how to achieve the impossible.
Click here to check out Tom’s blog where he gives us a glimpse into his life growing up and dealing with epilepsy.
Originally Commissioned by Upstart Theatre as part of DARE Festival 2018 at Shoreditch Town Hall. Supported by Arts Council England.
There are no lighting changes or projection effects during the show.
The performer is a trained first-aid person with extensive experience in supporting people during epileptic seizures.
There are loud low bass sounds.
Every performance of Can You See into a Black Hole? is a relaxed performance.
About the company
Tom Ryalls is a writer and theatre maker who tells stories about ordinary people playing with extraordinary ideas. Originally from Doncaster he’s now bringing a bit of northern tack to London, his shows tell epic stories about rebellion, class and hope as he tries to find a way through the 21st Century.