Mars Actually

Three aliens from Mars, fascinated by all things Earthly. They just want to tell us about life on Mars. And tell us they do, in so many weird and wonderful ways.

Superbolt Theatre really are a company to keep an eye on

Superbolt Theatre have another hit on their hands with Mars Actually. Funny and heart-warming in equal measure, the trio take us on a journey that is out of this world. These guys have impeccable physical presence; their physical comedy is second to none. The structure of the show works beautifully. The team moves swiftly from direct address to the audience into incredibly moving physical sequences. These expertly-choreographed sections are where the performers really shine. The actors have such control over their bodies; their strength and fluidity of movement is enviable. Maria Askew, Frode Gjerløw and Simon Maeder make a very talented team. Gjerløw’s wobbly limbs, Maeder’s bug-eyed seriousness, and Askew’s chipper enthusiasm combine to work in perfect harmony.

The set and lighting design are brilliant. Each lighting state sets up the location for each scene. Carefully placed smoke machines and the use of pre-recorded sound, alongside the live performances, are the icing on the cake. Everything works together in perfect harmony to completely immerse us in these loveable aliens’ story.

The script is funny. The movement is emotional. The sound design like a bath for the ears. Silly and serious, Mars Actually has all the pieces of the theatre jigsaw puzzle. There is something for everyone here.

Superbolt Theatre really are a company to keep an eye on. Their work is bold and innovative, and very special. The mixture of styles and mediums they manage to create completely original work that allows to feel a childlike sense of wonder. Mars Actually? I think this is love, actually. 

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'Superbolt have that special type of genius... funny, warm-hearted, and surprisingly thoughtful' **** (FringeGuru.com). Following their award-winning sell-out run of Jurassic Park – ***** (Londonist.com, BroadwayBaby.com, Rip It Up, RemoteGoat.com) and **** (Time Out, List, Stage, Fest) – at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, Superbolt present their brand-new show, fresh from winning the Origins Award for Outstanding New Show and sell-out previews at VAULT festival 2017. Chuck, Gracey and Conway are here on Earth to tell you about life on Mars, Actually.

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