By Piers Black


Ransack Theatre in association with Grace Dickson Productions

Supported by Arts Council England and Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

“Exhilarating, heart-warming and honest… one not to be missed”
Voice Magazine

“A multi-dimensional mash up”
The Scotsman

“Smart action movie spoof… incredibly well pitched”
The Stage

“A slick, subversive and soulful experience, that brings a perfect blend of comedy and poignancy to the end of the world”
The Spy In The Stalls

“A deeply intimate story of universal proportions”
Broadway World

OffWestEnd Short Run Commendation

After discovering a comet hurtling towards Earth, Toby snaps and turns into the action hero in his own movie on a mission to save the world from impending doom. 

Flashback a year: Toby is knocked off course when somebody crashes into his life. A disaster movie about falling in love. Or a rom-com about the end of the world. 

Catching Comets is a multi-dimensional genre mash-up that asks how we’re supposed to be big, brave and strong when we look and sound nothing like the heroes we grew up with on our screens.

Project History

Catching Comets premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 at The Pleasance, where GDP came on board to facilitate a tour. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was postponed until it could be safely performed. The show later returned to The Pleasance in London in 2021, followed by a run at Theatr Clwyd and The Den at The Royal Exchange in September 2021.

The show then toured to five locations in Spring 2022 – Harrogate Theatre, Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, Theatre By The Lake in Keswick, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, Courtyard Theatre in Hereford and the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol.

Creative Team & Cast

Writer and Director Piers Black
Designer Natalie Johnson
Sound Designer Mark Harris
Lighting Designer Matt Leventhall
Movement Director Chi-San Howard
Associate Movement Director Laura Dredger
Stage Manager Josh Baker
Ransack Producer Ali Michael
Associate Producer Grace Dickson
PR Chloe Nelkin Consulting

Cast Ali Michael

Credit: Rich Southgate

Photography Lidia Crisafulli
Key Art Madison Coby