50 years since man first walked on the moon, Roustabout present a glorious celebration of our relationship with our closest cosmic companion - for audiences aged 5+.
For as long as we have turned our eyes to the sky we have been entranced by the moon. It controls our tides, stabilises our orbit, marks our time. And on July 20th 1969 two humans finally landed on its surface.
Luna is a joyous adventure through humanity’s ongoing fascination with this mysterious lump of dead grey rock, from our earliest attempts to explain its ever-changing presence, to the extraordinary achievements that culminated in Neil Armstrong’s one small step.
Directed by Toby Hulse, performed by two actors plus a supporting cast of household objects and domestic lights, Luna is a rich feast of storytelling, puppetry, music, history and science.
“A must see for children of all ages – even the big, grown-up ones.”
Time Out on Hulse’s One Small Step
The Guardian on Hulse’s The Lost World
Roustabout seek out extraordinary tales, both true and imagined, and tell them with clarity, simplicity, humour and a wild imagination. The theatre we make is for audiences of all ages, for anyone who loves play, and delights in the communal act of sharing a story. Roustabout’s unique, playful style has grown over many years of previous collaborations in a variety of well reviewed shows for leading UK theatres, including Bristol Old Vic, Oxford Playhouse and Polka. As well as sell-out international tours across over 20 countries, Roustabout’s team are also the proud winners of the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (twice!) and Best Overall Play at the New York Fringe Festival.
Toby Hulse specialises in making theatre for family audiences. His recent work includes One Small Step, Bath Time, Tea Time, and Bed Time (Oxford Playhouse); Medusa, Minotaur, War Game, and Around the World in Eighty Days (Bristol Old Vic); and Ready Steady Colour, Ready Steady Go, and Ready Steady Lift Off (A Line Art).
Robin Hemmings previous credits include One Small Step (Oxford Playhouse, UK/US & World Tour); Horrible Histories (Birmingham Stage, New Zealand Tour); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Eastern Angles); Ready Steady Colour, Ready Steady Go, and Ready Steady Lift Off (A Line Art) ; Medusa, War Game, and The Great Big Story Mix Up (Bristol Old Vic); and The Mousetrap (St Martin's Theatre).
Shaelee Rooke's credits include One Small Step (Oxford Playhouse, UK/US tour); Ready Steady Go, and Ready Steady Lift Off (A Line Art); Shaedates (Edinburgh Fringe); This is Where We Live (Edinburgh and New York Fringe & SoHo Playhouse NYC); Twelfth Night and King Lear (Minack Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Alma Theatre); Toucan: Have a Party (2NorthDown).Book Now
Reviews for Luna:
“Wonderful... More people must see this!” Explorer Dome
“A wonderful balance of art, science, literature, music and storytelling. You have given us so much to think about!” Headteacher, St Katherine's Secondary School.
"Perfectly pitched, and so funny. A real treat for all our pupils" Headteacher, Elmlea Junior School.
“A fantastic production that inspired fascinating and challenging conversations amongst my GCSE students.” Head of Drama, Marlwood Secondary School
Reviews for preview work, created by the same creative team.
On One Small Step (UK/US tour). Produced by The Oxford Playhouse in association with Roustabout. Directed by Toby Hulse. Performed by Roustabout's Robin Hemmings & Shaelee Rooke.
"One of the best things I've ever seen" The Daily Telegraph
"One Small Step is a sixty-minute nugget of joy and I can’t recommend it enough" Daily Info
"One Small Step' is a must see for children of all ages – even the big, grown-up ones" Time Out
On the Lost Word at the Bristol Old Vic. Directed by Toby Hulse. Performed by Robin Hemmings.
"Boisterous magic" The Guardian
On Shaedates at Edinburgh Fringe. Directed by Toby Hulse. Performed by Shaelee Rooke.
"Laugh out loud, feel good comedy. A witty exploration of the social anxieties and inner thoughts from which we all suffer" EdFringeReview
"A superbly acted, thought provoking adventure" Bristol Ferment
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