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
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 was based on the real science of planned Mars missions. We joined Gail and Stephan as they defied gravity and went 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
“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 all ages. We were totally influenced by the family friendly sophistication of films like WALL-E , The Incredibles and Up.
Mission To Mars placed its young audience firmly at the heart of the action but never talked down to them and didn’t shy away from asking the big questions.
It was 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. This pilot project grew into the Astro Science Challenge, now available to download as an app so you can become an Agent at the Unlimited Space Agency at school or at home.
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
This month (which has been a properly EXTRAORDINARY month) I presented a paper at the International Astronautical Conference in Cape Town titled:
Artists & Scientists – Experimenting Together:
Inspiring primary school children about space and science using art and play
It tells the story of the ride we've been on so far with the Unlimited Space Agency and what our plans are for the future and I wondered if some of you might be interested. So here follows the words and some of the pictures that made up ...
Our brilliant long term collaborator David Edwards aka Minotaur Shock, who wrote all the original music for The Moon The Moon and Mission To Mars, has put all the songs up on this website bagatellemusic.co.uk where you can stream them for free. Just go there (go on, do it) and then click on the images of either of our shows and you'll be able to listen to all the music from them.
This is great news for all of you because all the tracks are seriously brilliant. We've been ...
This morning an envelope arrived with a not-everday stamping on it...
and inside was my most favourite invitation EVER...
We've been shortlisted for the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education & Outreach. Which is awarded by the British Interplanetary Society (of which Arthur C Clarke was Chairman) . And the awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the UK Space Conference. This is the best, most brilliant, space-geek thing EVAH! About which we are totally cool, of course.
<smiley faces!!! ...
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