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Dark Sublime

Dark Sublime

By Michael Dennis
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848428379, 128 pages, June 2019


A play about joy and heartbreak, quarries and transmat beams.

When Oli arrives at now-forgotten sci-fi icon Marianne's door, he's looking for an autograph – and maybe a friend. Marianne's hoping for the phone to ring, for her best friend to see her differently, for her turn at something more substantial than a half-remembered role on a cult TV show.

As they start to explore each other's worlds, they begin to discover what every good relationship needs: time and space.

Exploring the complexities of connection, especially in the LGBTQ+ community, and the contrast in lived experiences across generations, Dark Sublime is a love-letter to British sci-fi television – those that make it and those that adore it.

Michael Dennis's debut play premiered at Trafalgar Studios in London's West End in 2019, directed by Andrew Keates and starring Marina Sirtis, best known for appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation.


"A tender and moving portrait of love, loss and loneliness."

- The Upcoming

"A play of humour and heart… endearing."

- The Stage

"Incredibly funny... Dennis' writing has a naturalistic wit that is so quintessentially British... think Victoria Wood's Dinnerladies set in the mess hall of the Starship Enterprise."

- Theatre Weekly

"Terrifically funny… both a nostalgic voyage and a timely look at contemporary LGBTQ+ relationships… a bold play with many laugh-out-loud moments, [which] will surely appeal far beyond the expected sci-fi fan base."

- Time Out