Six months ago, renowned space scientist Maggie Hill launched a career-defining mission to find other habitable planets. It did not go well. Around the same time, her girlfriend stopped speaking to her. She doesn’t want to talk about either catastrophe, but she’s going to have to. Maggie has been asked to give a lecture about her career, in order to inspire young women to work in science. She is also attending her first ever therapy session, in which she is at pains to state how her bipolar and her recent break up are not relevant to the conversation. The show shifts between the lecture, the therapy session and a series of botched attempts to connect with her ex. The spaces overlap as we begin to build a picture of Maggie’s greatest achievements and biggest regrets.
LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! is an intimate and exhilarating story about communication, both interpersonal and intergalactic. 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.
Written and directed by Molly Naylor. Performed by Karen Hill.
Maggie Hill – Karen Hill
Voices: 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
Development supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.
About Molly Naylor
Molly Naylor is a scriptwriter, poet, performer and theatre-maker. She is co-director of True Stories Live, a live storytelling show and community storytelling project. Recent work includes Sky One comedy After Hours (co-created and written with John Osborne). Her autobiographical solo show Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Molly later adapted it for BBC Radio 4. Other past work includes live shows My Robot Heart and If Destroyed Still True, and short film Callback. Her debut poetry collection Badminton is published by Burning Eye. Molly is currently writing a Creative England/BFI-funded feature film called I’ll See Myself Out, produced by Jeva Films.
Thursday 25 October
Venue: Norwich Arts Centre
Cost: Pay What You Can – £4–£11.50