(Dominic Cavendish’s article appeared in the Telegraph 3/9.)
Where on earth are we? A gloomy rotunda from which the light suddenly fades, immersing us in the suggestive sound of leaves in the breeze, birdsong, the rumble of thunder, a shower of rain. One minute it’s as if we’re outdoors, the next, bang, with our auditory senses sharpened, we’re transported back inside, beholding, like an apparition in the void, a bright-looking man called Max.
Max has one of the best jobs in the world: he’s an astronomy expert whose days are spent opening people’s eyes to the wonders of the universe. And for short bursts of mind-expanding time during Sound & Fury’s enthralling new show, Going Dark, we’re in the local planetarium where he works, an ingenious light-box casting up over us, in a gorgeous, swirling canopy, the awe-inspiring night sky. He points out notable stars, key constellations, the Andromeda galaxy.