"The sky itself seemed to be on fire with the expectation of the night. The night I finally understood why storms, and not stars, are named after people."
'Ares' is a one-woman future-drama about black holes, motherhood, grief, and Alice - the astrophysicist heading the first manned mission to Mars.
As a woman in a male dominated industry, Alice is no stranger to struggle. But the biggest conflict of her life arises when she must decide whether to send her astronaut husband on this dangerous mission, knowing he may never return.
Created by an all female & non-binary team, 'Ares' is the first full-length play by Katie Granger. It has been a long-term collaboration with actor Andrea Hall and director Emma Harris, in combination with creative producer Jessy Parker Humphreys.
'Ares' was chosen by theatre critic Lyn Gardner as one of her top picks for VAULT Festival 2019, and received a five star opening night review from Londontheatre1.
Katie Granger is an award-winning writer from Scotland who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her previous work for stage includes 'Seven Wonders' at the Southwark Playhouse and Theatre N16, 'Ares' at the Arcola Theatre, 'How Fast This Thing Can Go' at the New Diorama, and 'The 13th Line' at Waterman's Arts Centre. 'Ares' is her first full-length piece for stage.
Emma Harris is a director, theatre-maker, and writer originally from the United States who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recently, she assisted on 'A Fantastic Bohemian' at the Arcola Theatre for the Grimeborn Festival. She is mentored by Joe Hill-Gibbins and was the research assistant on his production of 'Absolute Hell' at the National Theatre. She trained on the Soho Theatre Writers' Lab from 2017-2018.
Andrea Hall trained at Atlantic Theatre in New York. Theatre credits include 'The Wild Duck' (Almeida Theatre), 'The Notebook Of Trigorin' (Finborough Theatre), 'Talkin’ Loud' (Theatre 503), 'Hyacinth Blue' (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and 'Abena’s Stupidest Mistake' (Talawa Theatre). TV credits include: 'Unforgotten 3' (ITV), 'Trauma' (ITV) 'Broadchurch' S3 (ITV), 'Humans' S3 (Channel 4), 'Doctors' (BBC) and 'Apple Tree House' (BBC).
Jessy Parker Humphreys is a theatre and comedy producer. As Executive Producer of their theatre company Transgress, their most recent shows have included Everything Is Going To Be KO (Pleasance Theatre, EdFringe 2018) and (even) HOTTER (Bedlam Theatre, EdFringe 2018). They are currently working with Omnibus Theatre on their production of or/and and 44TP on their adaptation of Antigona and Me for Arts at the Old Fire Station
Alice: Andrea Hall
Dan: Ryan Dooey
Writer: Katie Granger
Director: Emma Jude Harris
Producer: Jessy Parker Humphreys
Video Content: Heather Pasfield
Lighting Design: Heidi Blackaby
"Ares: one of the highlights of this year’s Vault Festival" FIVE STARS *****
"a truly wonderful one-act play. Alice talks and has an amazing story that covers her early life through to today and looking to the future... The play is beautifully written and performed, is utterly gripping from start to finish and even taught me some science."
Joey Reviews Everything
"'Ares' [...] held my attention on multiple counts: for its subject of space and a mission to Mars (already on to a winner), for its exploration of loss and the conflicts that arise from the different ways in which people grieve, and for the unique dimension that [Andrea] Hall herself brought."
Michael Ross: Playwright
"Some really beautiful writing."
Maximillian Davey: Artistic Director, Metamorph Theatre
"extremely engaging and beautifully written"
Gabriella Margulies: Actress
"A beautiful piece."
Balvinder Sopal: Actress
"Great new writing. [Andrea Hall] nailed it with [Katie Granger's] 'Ares'. I was gripped & caught totally off guard. Couldn't stop the tears. Stunning!"
Rez Kempton: Actor & Producer
"Beautifully written and performed."