The Unknown (1996)

The Unknown, written and directed by Mark Beeson, included a musical score by his son Luke Beeson. The play begins on Dartmoor, in Dartmoor prison, yet soon reaches a less recognisable landscape A prisoner, named Paradox, faces execution for his crimes; however he is given the opportunity to avoid this punishment by sorting out the authorities’ space colonisation programme, which he does by an orthodox trip to the problem planet with the aid of a primary school class. The play questions human’s ability and urge to control, to colonise and ultimately the relationship we hold with our own planet. Can the unknown be negotiated and sustained successfully? the-unknown-3