WHEN my kids returned home wanting to be spacemen, it’s fair to say Mission to Mars had sparked their imaginations.
The show is no fantastical fairytale imagining, but a more thoughtful adventure with its roots set firm in the real science of space travel.
Where Mission to Mars wins over its audience (both young and old) is in the balancing act of mixing space fact with entertaining fiction.
By developing characters you really care about and throwing in some impressive gravity defying stunts, the audience is propelled into the storyline with surprising ease.
Heroes of the piece are Gail and Stefan who have been selected from thousands to be the first humans to set foot on Mars.
Mission to Mars is a fast paced show by Yorkshire-based Unlimited Theatre which is not only humorous and exciting but also ladled with its fair share of emotion.
The futuristic design of the sets works well as do the filmed interludes and clever aerial works of our two protagonists.
As an inventive piece of learing theatre it cannot be faulted.
* As part of the shows visit to Newcastle, a Space Camp is taking place on Saturday and is free to Mission to Mars tickets holders – though you must book in advance.
For all bookings contact the Northern Stage box office on 0191 230 5151 or visit www.northernstage.co.uk Tickets are priced at £8.50 / £6.50 for children and concessions. Mission to Mars runs through until Saturday 26 February (10.30am & 2pm).