The Information on `The Cosmonaut's Last Message...'

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What Is It?

A new play from young Scottish writer David Greig. Boldly titled The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Greig's surreal epic, revolves around two cosmonauts stranded in space for the past 12 years on a Russian space station that has lost contact with the world.

Who's In It?

Vicky Featherstone's acclaimed production for Paines Plough sees a six- strong cast - Kenneth Bryans, Morag Hood, Rob Jarvis, Daniele Lydon, Neil McKinven and Andy Smart - making light work of the double-up roles. The inventive set design is by Georgia Sion.

What They Say About It

"Poetic, sly, witty and musically structured meditation on the paradoxical difficulties of communicating on our shrunken Post-Modern planet of Internet satellite link-up," Paul Taylor, The Independent.

"...the play grew and grew on me... A telling image for our times? By the evening's end, I felt so," Benedict Nightingale, The Times.

"Greig's writing has a quality that is entirely his own - quietly poetic, playful yet often painful, and constantly finding links between characters and themes," Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph.

Where You Can See It

The Cosmonaut's Last Message... is at the Lyric Studio, Hammersmith London W6 (0181-741 2311) to Sat; then touring