Alien on Stage Documentary

SXSW Review: ‘Alien on Stage’

March 17, 2021Ben MK

In space, no one can hear you scream — but what about on stage? That's the burning question behind Alien on Stage, a fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows a UK community theatre group as they strive to put together a stage adaptation of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic.

Calling themselves the Paranoid Dramatics, this unlikely group of amateur thespians made up of bus drivers, supervisors and engineers from Wimborne, Dorset is led by David Mitchell, an 11-year veteran of the British army inspired by his son Luc and wife Lydia's love of the movie. Recruiting the talents of his other son Karl and his father-in-law Ray, David sets out to bring Alien to life as theatregoers have never seen before. But when the group's debut show at the local community centre doesn't quite go as planned, can this motley crew polish their performances in time for their big West End London theatre debut at the iconic Leicester Square Theatre?

Directed by Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer, the result is a quirky look at how art inspires art, showing that you don't have to be a professional to realize your dreams. All you need is a a group of dedicated people, some homemade costumes and sets, and maybe a few NASA space suits.

Alien on Stage screens under the Documentary Spotlight section at the 2021 South by Southwest Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 33 min.

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