Show dates: Great North Museum, Great Exhibition of the North 7-8 July | Latitude Festival, Suffolk 12-15 July | Blue Dot, Jodrell Bank 20-22 July

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.

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.

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). So far we’ve had chats with a huge range of super cool guests including Beth Healey (space doctor), Andy Newsam (Professor of Astrophysics), Libby Jackson, (UK Space Agency Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager Agency)  Shu Pillinger (Ultra Athlete) and Minnie Mao among many others.

For 2018 we’re enhancing the Space Shed’s sound system so we can host DJ’s to take your space based festival experience bouncing late into the night.

For  booking enquires please contact Flight Activities Officer Alison McIntyre

2018 tour confirmed so far:
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
Blue Dot, 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

2017 toured to:
Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, London 23-25 June
Winchester Hat Fair 30 June – 2 July
Blue Dot @ Jodrell Bank 8-9 July
Latitude Festival, Suffolk 13-16 July
Underneath the Stars, Yorkshire 21-23 July
Just So Festival, Cheshire 18-20 August
Festival No 6, Portmeirion 8-10 September
Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth 16-17 September
Lincoln Pop Out Arts Festival 28-30 September
Manchester Science Festival 27-28 October

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.


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

- Mum with four children