by Kathryn Marquet
"Two possibilities exist. Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." Arthur C. Clarke
Here is a captivating new comedy about aliens, alienation and the terrifying and comforting thought that we are not alone.
Insurance fraud investigator Joel Pinkerton doesn’t believe in aliens. So when his company introduced UFO abduction insurance as a publicity stunt a few years ago, he never gave it much thought. Until now.
When Joel is called to investigate the possible alien abduction of 16-year-old schoolgirl Storm, he finds himself drawn into intergalactic intrigue and conspiracy theories. What happened to Storm during those missing 24 hours? And how did she wake up in an empty field 200km from home? As Joel gets sucked up in the vortex, he begins to feel increasingly alienated from his wife Holly and their newborn baby girl, who is exhibiting some very odd behaviours of her own…
Written by Kathryn Marquet, Pale Blue Dot was developed through La Boite’s Playwrights-in-Residence program, is directed by Michael Futcher, with music by Gordon Hamilton, Artistic Director of the world-beating The Australian Voices.
Image by Dylan Evans
Cast and Creatives
Written by Kathryn Marquet
Director Michael Futcher
Designer Josh McIntosh
Projection Designers optikal bloc
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Composer & Sound Designer Gordon Hamilton
Dramaturgy Jane Bodie
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An unhappy insurance detective in his late- 30s.
He has a wife, Holly and a new born child Chloe.
Joel’s wife, in her early to mid-30s and stays at home during the day to take care of her daughter. She is like any new mother, struggling with her husband, sleep deprivation and weight issues.
A once off attendee of the ‘Darling Downs Outreach to the Stars’ club.
Greta’s daughter, born in Australia aged 17. She is a school student who finds it difficult to make friends. Storm falls for Joel when he is assigned to her Mum’s insurance claim regarding her disappearance.
A German immigrant 50+ who has taken out Alien Abduction Insurance Cover. She is a strong and confrontational character with a dark sense of humour.
Head of the ‘Darling Downs Outreach to the Stars’ club. She considers herself a star seed and ufologist. Deidre is an alien fanatic and runs monthly meetings to talk about the latest
alien abductions and news.
Matinees every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am (excluding Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 July)
Tuesday and Wednesday 6:30pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30pm
Students: From $25
Teacher/s: One complimentary teacher ticket with every 10 students
Teacher Preview Saturday 19 July 6:30pm*
Meet the Artist Wednesday 30 July 6:30pm
(to be revised closer to the performance)
- Frequent coarse language
- Sexual references
- Supernatural themes
- Aliens and UFOs
- Faith and religion
- Growing up
Theatrical Conventions & Curriculum Links
- New Australian writing
- Monologue/Direct address