Catching Comets

Theatre (new writing, solo show)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker Two
  • 13:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Ransack Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


After discovering a comet hurtling towards Earth, Toby snaps and turns into the action hero in his own movie on a mission to save the world from impending doom. Flashback a year: Toby is knocked off course when somebody crashes into his life. A disaster movie about falling in love. Catching Comets is a new show by multi award-winning Ransack Theatre that asks how we're supposed to be big, brave and strong when we look and sound nothing like the heroes we grew up with on our screens.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Access via driveway off main road.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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OM 71 days ago

Funny, smart and performed with lots of energy. Go see it!

Elaine Ibbotson 80 days ago

Saw Catching Comets preview and it rates as one of the most enjoyable hours of theatre I’ve experienced. Hilarious, touching and thought provoking. It is a writing, directing and acting tour de force by Ransack Theatre. Ali Michael’s performance is a superb blend of energy and emotion. Don’t miss it!

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The List (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

Difficult feminist theatre from a toxic perspective...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 64 days ago

This clever combination of technicalities and acting style work together to produce a show that is so prevalent to society today, where masculinity is so frequently paralleled with heroism (especially as seen in the blockbuster action movies that Toby’s character speaks of so passionately!). Catching Comets’ Toby helps us to learn to find bravery within ourselves and that heroes don’t always look like those on the big screen.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Amusingly pitched as “a disaster movie about falling in love”, this new show from writer and director Piers Black ties two separate narratives of masculinity together.

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FringeReview 69 days ago

This is a solo comedy and satirical action based performance telling a story about love, about fear, about the protections that we all build up around ourselves that isolate us more than they serve. But in particular this is a story about men and their heroes and how they are...

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Voice Mag UK (5/5 stars) 73 days ago

"In a story of masculinity, superheros and love - will Toby come to terms with being his true self? Piers Black’s heartfelt yet fierce one man show, Catching Comets, playing at the Pleasance Courtyard, takes you on a roller coaster ride through your emotions, encapsulating a journey that so many of us are going through ourselves. "

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 74 days ago

A familiar story of a man who fears getting hurt, so can’t commit, though in his fantasy life he’s an all-action hero ...

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 74 days ago

Every hero has his weakness: Superman his kryptonite, Bond his martinis, but Toby—like the rest of us—might have more than just one. But how will Toby deal with the realisation that he may not be a perfect reflection of the buff, Hollywood heroes he loves to watch on the silver screen? That is precisely the question that intrigues any audience of Piers Black’s fierce yet intimate new solo show Catching Comets playing at the Pleasance Courtyard.

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