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Icarus at the Edge of Time - Southbank Centre Preview & competition

Icaros at the edge of time

Preview by Jack Foley

Icarus at the Edge of Time is a futuristic re-imagining of the classic Greek myth. This time, rather than wax wings and a journey too near the Sun, a boy ventures through deep space and challenges the awesome power of black holes. The fable dramatises the startling implications of what is perhaps Einstein’s greatest insight.” – Brian Greene, physicist.

As part of See Further: Festival of Science + Arts celebrating the Royal Society’s 350th Anniversary at the Southbank Centre in London, this summer will see the European premiere of a brand new 35-minute multi-media work based on the best-selling children’s book by the celebrated physicist Brian Greene, hailed in the Washington Post as the “single best explainer of abstruse ideas in the world today”.

This major new joint commission by Southbank Centre, the Royal Society, World Science Festival, Associazione Festival della Scienza, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Glasgow’s Concert Halls features music by Philip Glass (The Truman Show, The Hours), film created and directed by cutting-edge digital artists Al and Al, and a script adapted by Greene and Tony-Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang.

Icarus at the Edge of Time is an ambitious attempt to assume the mantle of Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf as an important entry into the family-friendly repertoire.

The three shows at the Royal Festival Hall on July 3 and 4, 2010, including two family matinees, will be narrated by David Morrissey (State of Play, The Deal) and performed by Southbank Centre Resident Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Marin Alsop and a narrator to be announced.

Win 2 pairs of tickets to see Icarus

To celebrate the European premiere fof Icarus at the Edge of Time at London’s Southbank Centre, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to the Sunday performances. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who narrates Icarus at the Edge of Time?

Simply send the answer to Icarus tix competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Saturday, July 3, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Icarus at the Edge of Time (EUROPEAN PREMIERE)
Music by Philip Glass
Tickets: £10 – £30
Ticket Office: 0844 847 9910
Online booking

Sunday, July 4, 2 and 4pm, Royal Festival Hall
Icarus at the Edge of Time (FAMILY PERFORMANCES)
Music by Philip Glass
Tickets: £8 – £26
Ticket Office: 0844 847 9910
Online booking