Take the Space In association with Greenwich Theatre present
STELLA, a play about women, their men and astronomy
William Herschel discovered Uranus. So what did his sister do?
She discovered eight comets, numerous nebulae, some double stars and was the first woman to receive honorary membership of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Science has historically been a man’s domain; yet look closely at the archive and you’ll find a silent army of intelligent, dedicated women researching and discovering.
This is a play about Time, Space, Curiosity and Passion: two women astronomers, Jessica Bell from the 21st century and Caroline Herschel from the 18th century look up at the same night sky and find themselves colliding in their search for understanding. Caroline longs for a family and home of her own; Jess contemplates the prospect of losing both.
Each woman can precisely map her position in the universe yet she struggles to find her place in the world.
From the company who brought you Sam & I, Hanging Hooke and Dolce Via.
Cast: Kathryn Pogson, Chris Barnes and Siobhán Nicholas
“ the audience choked on the bared emotions and the wonderment of people seeing deep space for the first time” The Guardian, John Vidal, for Stella’s public reading.
“an elegant, accomplished piece of theatre that showed the people at the end of the telescope to be as fascinating and complex as the universe they gaze on” The Argus, Brighton
“a sumptuous presentation of a lot of thought-provoking material” The Fringe Review 2013
“A superbly moving, compact and yes exhilarating play” The Waterloo Press, Brighton Fringe Festival 2013.
STELLA is funded by Arts Council England, Science and Technology Facilities Council and The Institute of Physics.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 20:00 to Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 20:00