performed by Michael Sabbaton

  • Venue Theatre
  • Running time 75 mins

1920. In a Louisiana swamp, a man disturbed by recent events and too afraid to sleep begins to relive his nightmare. All around, there is a strange aurora of light. The man anxiously stares into the dark sky above and through the vapour-soaked trees the pole star, Polaris, winks; hideously striving to convey some strange message of the man’s ancient, ancestral past.

Falling under the star’s hypnotic spell, he travels through dreams of twisted realities finally arriving at a threatened city in a strange, pre-historic, arctic land. Strange people, creatures and ‘alien gods’ reveal themselves as he man loses himself in the world that has now become his own. Torn between identities and struggling to hold on to an ever crumbling sanity, the man must defend the city and his own sense of self as an unseen enemy draws ever near…

Adapted and performed by Michael Sabbaton and part of ‘The Lovecraft Collection’, Polaris depicts the horror of a reality shattered and an existence in turmoil. One of Lovecraft’s earliest works, Polaris brings the same qualities of dark mystery, suspense and science-fiction ‘horror’ that Lovecraft has become known for, questioning concepts of fear, the unknown and our own very existence.

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