Show dates: Great North Museum, Great Exhibition of the North 7-8 July | Latitude Festival, Suffolk 12-15 July | Bluedot, Jodrell Bank 20-22 July | Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons 17 August

Performances: Various dates and times - see below for details.

Duration: 40 minutes

For ages: 7+

Who's the show for? Families, science enthusiasts, comedy & storytelling fans, festival-goers and contemporary theatre audiences.

See previous show dates

Greenwich and Doclands International Festival, London

June 23, 2017

June 24, 2017

June 25, 2017

June 30, 2017

Winchester Hat Fair - Free

July 1, 2017

July 8, 2017

July 9, 2017

July 13, 2017

July 14, 2017

July 15, 2017

July 21, 2017

July 22, 2017

Just So Festival

August 19, 2017

August 20, 2017

Festival No 6

September 8, 2017

September 9, 2017

September 10, 2017

September 16, 2017

September 17, 2017

September 29, 2017

September 30, 2017

Manchester Science Festival

October 27, 2017

October 28, 2017

The Royal Albert Hall, London

May 6, 2018

Great North Museum at Great Exhibition of the North

July 7, 2018

July 8, 2018

July 12, 2018

July 13, 2018

July 14, 2018

July 21, 2018

July 22, 2018

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons

August 17, 2018


co-commissioned by Without Walls; The Civic, Barnsley; Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

an Unlimited Theatre production

Full credits for everyone involved in this show

Written and Performed by Jon Spooner and Mini Jon Designed by Rhys Jarman Sound Design by Elena Pena Lights & Video by Josh Pharo Stage and Technical Management by Simon Perkins Technical Associates Sarah Readman & Dan Balfour Costume Supervisor Verity Sadler



Unlimited’s artistic director Jon Spooner has always wanted to go to space.

“Ever since I was 7 years old and watched NASA launch its first Space Shuttle mission and I saw how beautiful the Earth looked from all the way above it, up there looking down… since then, it has been my dream to go there too.”

How I Hacked My Way Into Space tells the frankly, bizarre inspirational story of a 43 year old man’s midlife crisis creative adventure to hack his way into space from his garden shed in England, via the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, to Johnson Space Centre in Houston Texas and a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

How I Hacked My Way Into Space is a show about technology and art coming together, the power of stories to create new realities and the thin lines between obsession and madness. It’s about the glorious possibilities for scientists and artists to work together and how even the smallest person can make a difference and achieve their seemingly impossible dreams.

2018 gigs:
Great North Museum, Great Exhibition of the North, 7-8 July | Sat: show at 2pm, talks at 12noon & 4pm, DJ’s from 6pm | Sun: show at 1pm, talks at 11am & 3pm
Latitude Festival, Suffolk 12-15 July | Thurs: show at 7.30pm | Fri & Sat: show at 2pm, talks at 12noon & 4pm, DJ’s from 6pm
Bluedot, Jodrell Bank 20-22 July | Fri: talk at 4pm, DJ’s 8-9.30pm | Sat: show at 2pm, talks at 12noon & 4pm, DJ’s 8-9.30pm | Sun: show at 1pm, talks at 11am & 3pm
Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons Friday 17 August 1215pm in the Omni Tent in Einstein’s Garden

As well as the show, Jon also hosts conversations and interviews with space scientists in the Space Shed (think Graham Norton meets the Broom Cupboard. In Space). And for 2018 we’ve enhanced the Space Shed’s sound system so we can host DJ’s to take your space based festival experience bouncing late into the night. Look out for sets by our in-house DJ Rob Appleby and from guest DJs… to be announced.

For  booking enquires please contact Flight Activities Officer Alison McIntyre


Jon shared his genuine joy of space exploration, and told his delightful story to an enthralled audience.

- Audience member at Latitude Festival

A brilliantly funny, real life tale of one man’s quest to achieve the seemingly impossible... captivated both children and adults.

- childrenstheatrereviews.com

It was amazing, brilliantly educational. It brought a tear to my eye.

- Mum with four children


News for this show

Unlimited in 2018

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