Show dates: Mission To Mars ran at the Polka Theatre in London for 5 weeks in autumn 2010 before touring the UK in Spring 2011.

Performances:

Duration: 70 mins

For ages: 7+

Who's the show for? Our first family show, primarily for children aged 7-11 who love space and science. But really this is an adventure story for anyone who enjoys a real sense of "event" and spectacle at the theatre...

written in consultation with Dr Gail Iles and Dr Andrew Newsam

Funded by Polka Theatre, Unlimited Theatre,  Arts Council England, The Science and Technology Facilities Council,  The Ernest Cook Trust, Equitable Trust

A co-production with Polka Theatre

Full credits for everyone involved in this show

Written by Clare Duffy, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe Cast: Clare Barrett and Sebastien Lawson (on stage) Suzanne Ahmet, Lucy Ellinson, Alex Elliot and Jon Spooner (on video) Director: Jon Spooner Aerial Choreography by Layla Rosa Designer: Rhys Jarman Lighting Designer: Ben Pacey Sound and Video Designer: Mic Pool Original Music by David Edwards


Mission To Mars by Bagatellier on Mixcloud

Press Night Space Megamix by David Edwards aka Minotaur Shock


The internationally renowned Polka Theatre commissioned us to create our first show for children – a new play to inspire children about science, space travel and the wonders of the solar system…

“Unlimited have been pioneers in combining theatre and science for adult audiences, fearlessly going where few other companies have gone before in exploring the metaphysical and everyday impact of scientific advances on our lives… Mission To Mars is great fun and if there’s a sudden interest in science in the coming years among the children of south-west London and beyond, it may well be traced back to Unlimited’s show for seven to 11-year-olds.” The Guardian

It’s 2035, and we’re ready to send the first human beings to Mars. Gail and Stefan have been selected from thousands, and are ready to launch. Their four friends and colleagues are following close behind. We want you to come with them…

Fun, fast-paced and packed with emotion, Mission To Mars is based on the real science of planned Mars missions. Join Gail and Stephan as they defy gravity and go further through the solar system than we’ve ever been before.

“We saw Mission to Mars at Curve in Leicester today – my kids, who go to the theatre a lot, said it was the best thing they had ever seen. My 8yo son said it was even better than ‘Oliver’ in the West End! Thank you so much; we had a wonderful afternoon!” The Bannister Family

Ever wondered if you have what it takes? Come and experience all the excitement, danger and discovery of the next giant leap into space…

“Went on a Mission To Mars yesterday and was best space adventure ever! Absolutely loved it. Go and see (with or without kids)!” @TanjaGeier on Twitter

“Perfectly pitched little ones sci-fi “ @MysterB on Twitter

“Absolutely awe-struck by #mission2mars from@untheatre and brilliant science folk. Go see, kids or not.” @shezzavague on Twitter

Clare, Jon and Chris wrote Mission To Mars in consultation with Dr Gail Iles (particle physicist and at the time an Astronaut Instructor for the European Space Agency) and Professor Andrew Newsam (of the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University and the Director of the National Schools’ Observatory Project).

The play was primarily made for (and with) 7-11 year olds. That known, our ambition was always to make a show that appeals to allages. We’ve totally been influenced by the family friendly sophistication of films like WALL-E , The Incredibles  and Up.

Mission To Mars places its young audience firmly at the heart of the action but never talks down to them and doesn’t shy away from asking the big questions.

It’s pretty AWEsome.

As if that wasn’t enough, we also worked with long term collaborators Coney and Radiowaves to create The Astronautical Challenge an adventure into space for school children to immerse themselves in over 5 weeks in class, led by their teachers.

AND we’ll continue to bring you our “Space Camp” game where children and their parents/carers can train to be astronauts with our very own Space Agency.

Welcome to the show. We hope you can make it…


We saw Mission to Mars at Curve in Leicester today - my kids, who go to the theatre a lot, said it was the best thing they had ever seen. My 8yo son said it was even better than 'Oliver' in the West End! Thank you so much; we had a wonderful afternoon!

- The Bannister Family

Absolutely awe-struck by #mission2mars from@untheatre and brilliant science folk. Go see, kids or not.

- @shezzavague on Twitter

Unlimited have been pioneers in combining theatre and science for adult audiences, fearlessly going where few other companies have gone before in exploring the metaphysical and everyday impact of scientific advances on our lives... Mission To Mars is great fun and if there's a sudden interest in science in the coming years among the children of south-west London and beyond, it may well be traced back to Unlimited's show for seven to 11-year-olds.

- The Guardian


News for this show

The Astro Science Challenge gets on shortlist for a Charity Award

We are delighted to announce that we've made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

We've been shortlisted in the Arts, Culture & Heritage category for the The Astro Science Challenge project, an interactive space science adventure designed to inspire children aged 7-11 in STEM subjects.

In 2010 we accidentally set up our own space agency as a way of telling inspirational stories about science through space exploration. Six years later and the Unlimited Space Agency works closely with the ...


Astro Science Challenge is extended until July 2016!

Our interactive space+science project has been so successful with more than 10,000 Cadets taking part that we've been awarded some additional funding from the UK Space Agency to keep the project running until July 2016!
So what does this mean?

For Agents who've already completed all the existing Missions, we've made some new badges that will be released between now and July, including a very special badge to celebrate Tim's birthday and an opportunity to run the London Marathon with Tim! Jon Spooner and Mini Jon will be back with more videos from the Space Shed, ...


Engagement Practitioner

We are looking for a freelance Engagement Practitioner to work with us part-time until the end of April, to deliver a series of engagement activities in a number of venues across the North. We envisage that this will amount to approximately 20-25 days work. Please email Christie Hill on christie@unlimited.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 29 Jan if you're interested in this position.

More details here.

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