Renowned space scientist Maggie Hill is giving a lecture about her career, to inspire young women to work in science. She's also attending her first therapy session, in order to overcome some debilitating anxiety. Both events force Maggie to discuss her greatest achievements and biggest regrets. LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! is an intimate and exhilarating story about communication, both interpersonal and intergalactic.
Written and directed by Molly Naylor (BBC Radio 4, Sky One).
Performed by Karen Hill.
Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, Southampton Nuffield Theatres and Norwich Arts Centre.
'Brave, funny, tough and beautiful writing.' The Guardian
Molly Naylor is a scriptwriter, director, theatre-maker and poet. She is the co-writer and creator of Sky One comedy After Hours. Molly's first solo stage show, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to critical acclaim before touring internationally. She adapted the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She has been commissioned by a range of organisations including The Royal Shakespeare Company, Battersea Arts Centre and Oxford Playhouse. Her essays and poems have been published in Rialto, Grazia and The Independent. Her first poetry collection, Badminton, is published by Burning Eye. She is the co-director of storytelling project True Stories Live. She is currently completing work on a feature film and a TV comedy drama pilot.
Maggie Hill – Karen Hill
Therapist – Molly Naylor
Young women - Libby Hall, Cybil Cann
Jasmine Ashley-Locke, Joanna Asher
Written and directed by Molly Naylor
Produced by Emily Williams
Lighting design by Sorcha Stott-Strzala
Video by Mark Hannant
Set and costume design by Bethany Atkins
Sound design by Molly Naylor
Dramaturgy by Sarah Dickenson
LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, Southampton Nuffield Theatres and Norwich Arts Centre. It was originally conceived at This Is Tomorrow, a residency run by China Plate which brings together academics and artists in order to create work inspired by scientific concepts.
Its development was supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Praise for previous work
Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You
'A brave, funny, tough and beautiful piece of writing' - The Guardian
'Naylor writes with a poet’s ear for rhythm and metaphor, and delivers with a stand-up’s comic timing.' -
★★★★ — The Telegraph
★★★★ — The Times
★★★★ — The Metro
Link to review of Radio 4 play -
If Destroyed Still True
Very funny, admirably honest' ★ ★ ★ ★ — The Independent)
My Robot Heart
'This show sees theatre, live music and stand-up comedy in perfect harmony - never more one than the other - making it an ideal triptych of entertainment' ★★★★ — Metro
'An inverse rom-com that turns the mysteries of the human heart into a funny, touching, sad and lifeaffirming
piece of theatre' ★★★★ — The Scotsman
★★★★★ — Three Weeks
★★★★— Total Theatre