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Astronauts of Hartlepool

BY TIM FOLEY

Theatre. 8th – 12th Feb, 18:15, £12.
Matinee 11th Feb, 13:30

Your town is under attack.

When Aidan meets Nadia late at night, science fiction collides with political fact as the two women tear Hartlepool apart.

Dark comedy about broken Britain.

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We’re in Hartlepool. It’s a town in North East England, it’s a former dockland, and it’s 70% Leave. It’s also under attack.

When Aidan meets Nadia on the headland late at night, science fiction collides with political fact as they tear the town apart. One by one the astronauts come to Hartlepool, and the two lost women must face their destiny together. Brand new dark comedy about broken Britain and broken promises, and the lengths we go to fix them.

“2ps dropping through the multiverse. It’s like the slot machines are upside down and all the coins are rolling away. Jobs, industry, education, security, dribbling down to the bottom of Britain. That’s where the piggy bank is, the big fat piggy bank.”

Previous acclaim for Tim and Siobhán’s work:
“The narrative tantalises and grips right to the end…wry humour, sharp dialogue and empathy.” – Evening Standard

“Impressive and compassionate…disquieting but vital.” – The Stage

“[Cannon-Brownlie] directs with great assurance and fluency to draw performances of great truth and stuff them into a production that embraces the epic and the mystical.” – Reviews Hub

“A bruising piece of writing…the kind of play which rides home on your shoulder, slowly sharpening its claws.” – Exeunt Magazine

Written by Tim Foley, Channel 4 Writer-in-Residence at Pentabus Theatre Company, and winner of the 2016 OffWestEnd Most Promising New Playwright award for The Dogs of War (Old Red Lion Theatre). Tim lives in a different dimension.

Directed by Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie, who trained at the BAFTA award-winning Television Workshop and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and is the artistic director and founder of feminist collective Major Labia. Recent credits include The Leftovers (Park Theatre – MTN), Mrs Green (Curve, Nottingham Playhouse), Woman and Scarecrow (Tobacco Factory) & Macbeth (Summerhall at Inchcolm Island). Assistant director credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Curve, Theatre Royal Haymarket and national tour), War Game (Bristol Old Vic). Siobhán lives in an alternate reality.

Produced by Hannah Tookey. Hannah is a freelance theatre and film producer focussed on work that explores social and political issues. She is a Winston Churchill Fellow, and spent 8 weeks in the USA and India in 2016 researching how the art can effectively combat and raise awareness about issues of social injustice. She is an alumni of the Clore Emerging Leaders Course and Stage One. Credits include Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre), Melody (touring), Eggs (Vault Festival), and Tracy (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe).

Sophie Steer trained at LAMDA. Theatre work includes: Still Ill, Kandinsky Theatre Company/New Diorama; Sparks, Old Red Lion Theatre; Buckets, Orange Tree Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, Watermill Theatre; MilkMilkLemonade, OvalHouse Theatre; (i feel fine), New Diorama Theatre; The Apple Cart, Latitude Festival, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour autumn tour, All Good Men, Finborough Theatre, Sense, Hen &Chickens Theatre, Is Everyone Okay?, Nabakov NuWrite Festival, Inches Apart, Theatre 503 award Old Vic New Voices, Mansfield Park and Ride, Eastern Angles Theatre Company.
TV work: Chickens, Big Talk Productions. Short films: Calibans Cave, short film adaptation of Tim Crouchs ‘I, Caliban’, A Thousand Empty Glasses, nominated for Best Short at Raindance/ Palm Springs.

Rakhee Thakrar is best known for her recent role as Shabnam Masood in the BBC’s long-running soap Eastenders, for which she was nominated for a National Television Award 2016 for Best Serial Performance. Recent appearances also include the David Hare’s film Page Eight and the BBC radio series The Archers.

Aidan – Sophie Steer
Nadia – Rakhee Thakrar

Written by Tim Foley
Directed by Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie

Original compositions by Alexander Law
Lighting by Tom Kitney

Produced by Hannah Tookey
Associate Producer – Claudio Bottaccini

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