The Southampton University Players will be performing Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency at Nuffield Southampton Theatres' NST Campus from Tuesday 30th January till Saturday 3rd of February. Dirk Gently is the lesser known protagonist in Douglas Adams' literary universe - but Arthur Dent is a hard man to follow. Having received renewed interest after the BBC and Netflix co-production of Dirk Gently aired in 2016, this is a well timed performance to appeal to new fans of Adams' story.
Douglas Adams describes his book as a "thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic". The novel had its beginnings in Doctor Who when Douglas was writing for the series and he created a Time Lord turned Cambridge professor names Chronitis. The character was then tweaked, and had his TARDIS revoked, to become one of the characters in the novel. There's a missing cat, time travel, aliens, ghosts, and a whole lot of other weird and highly improbably scenarios that are played out in true Douglas Adams style.
The stage adaption is the work of James Goss and Arvind Ethan David, who first adapted the play when they were in high school. They've refined the show since then, and while it follows the book fairly closely it does have a few necessary changes. There's a lot of humour, a lot of madness and some special effects as well. The play is being performed by the Southampton University Players, a community amateur dramatic society based at the University of Southampton. Head to their website for more information - you may even like to audition for their next show.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online from the NST website or by calling the box office on 023 8067 1771. Tickets are £13 or £10 for concessions. Audience members requiring wheelchair access or hearing enhancement should contact the box office for availability.