Bicycles, bandanas and a bit of space travel, they're all part of Little Soldier Productions' 80s sci-fi adventure: Journey to the Impossible. At the Salisbury Playhouse for just two shows, catch Journey to the Impossible on Thursday February 15th at 2:45pm and 7:45pm.
The 80s are in, and it seems it's the perfect era for coming of age stories featuring kids battling supernatural forces or exploring sci-fi worlds. Popular Netflix series Stranger Things sees three friends (Mike, Dustin and Lucas) team up with mysterious telekinetic Eleven to rescue their friend Will from the 'Upside Down', while Brian K. Vaughan's latest comic series Paper Girls has four paper delivery girls flung into the future after everyone in their town disappears.
80s Kids on Bikes: (L-R) Stranger Things, Paper Girls, Journey to the Impossible
Journey to the Impossible has it's own group of bike riding kids, made up of Callum, his sister and his best friend. Things get a little weird when they go to explore their uncle's attic and end up opening an interdimensional portal instead. The story is fun and action filled, carried by some epic music numbers with a dash of opera, hip hop and a few other styles that might not make much sense but simply add to the fun. Described as "a homage to Jules Verne, 80s sci fi films and timeless adventure stories" this retro tale is full of all the right nostalgic notes that are so popular right now.
The play is presented by Little Soldier Productions who describe themselves as a band made up of non-musicians. They blend theatre with music and storytelling, creating fun and lively stage productions. Journey to the Impossible was originally commissioned by the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter and it is a joint production with Little Soldier Productions and writer Matt Harvey. It ran for a month at the Bike Shed Theatre through December 2017 and early January 2018, and is now touring through the UK. You can find other dates and locations on the Little Soldier Productions website.
Journey to the Impossible will be at the Salisbury Playhouse for two performances on Thursday February 15th at 2:45pm and 7:45pm. Tickets are £13.50 and £9 for under 25s, with a £1 delivery fee per booking. They can be purchased online from the Salisbury Playhouse website or by calling the box office on 01722 320 333.
Journey to the Impossible is also part of Theatre Fest West an initiative created by the Salisbury Playhouse and other South West theatres. If you're interested in other shows in the Theatre Fest West program you can get tickets for £10 each when you book three or more shows together.
The Salisbury Playhouse is located on Malthouse Lane in Salisbury. It is about 25 miles from Southampton and roughly a 40 minute drive from the Southampton City Centre. For more information about current and upcoming shows at the Salisbury Playhouse check out the theatre's website.