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Brought to you by irlYork, Space. Planets. Stars. will take you on a journey of discovery, as it tests the strength and potential of humankind. While the USA and Russia were head to head in a race to reach space, Britain was on the brink of its own discoveries. A group of scientists, from Britain and India, put their heads together in what becomes a race for the creation of new life. But how far would you go to reach your full potential? Space. Planets. Stars. will take you back to the 1960s, as they delve into the darker side of science.
Performed by a combined student and professional cast, Space. Planets. Stars. was devised by the company under the direction of critically acclaimed writer-director Melanie Spencer. The production has been created with funding from the Athena SWAN Charter and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.
Why not also join us for a dynamic talk by author Joan C. Williams - What Works for Women at Work: Four patterns working women need to know - to learn about the challenges women and diverse employees face in today’s workplace and the data-driven strategies that will help them succeed.
Melanie Spencer is an acclaimed director and playwright. Her production Responsible Other at Hampstead Theatre received four star reviews from The Times, The Independent, Evening Standard, Time Out, WhatsOnStage and The Arts Desk. As a trainee, she has worked for leading British cultural institutions including The National Theatre, Old Vic, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Chichester Festival Theatre and Channel Four. She currently has two new productions in development for 2019 with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate (Northampton).