How I Hacked My Way Into Space (2017-22)

An hilarious and moving storytelling show for festivals, science centres and arts venues, about one human’s mission to hack their way into space.

When UNSA patron Tim Peake got to fulfil his ambition of leaving the Earth for his mission to the International Space Station, UNSA’s Director of Human Spaceflight J Spooner knew that this was probably their best chance of getting up there too. Working with artists and technologists from across the world, J was scanned, 3D printed (with their DNA embedded) and painted to create a 6cm high “Mini Me” whose ambition was to become UNSA’s first astronaut and join Tim on the ISS.

How I Hacked My Way Into Space tells the frankly, bizarre inspirational story of a 42 year old human’s midlife crisis creative adventure to hack their way into space from a garden shed in St Albans, via the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, to Johnson Space Centre in Houston Texas and a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Performed from UNSA’s spectacular, fully mobile HQ “The Space Shed” How I Hacked… is a show about technology and art coming together, the power of stories to create new realities and the thin lines between obsession and madness. It’s about the glorious possibilities for scientists and artists to work together and how even the smallest person can make a difference and achieve their seemingly impossible dreams.

The show was suitable for people of all ages and will particularly appeal to contemporary theatre audiences, family audiences, science enthusiasts, comedy/storytelling fans and festival-goers.

Written and Performed by J Spooner
Designed by Rhys Jarman
Sound Design by Elena Pena and Dan Balfour
Lighting & Video Design by Josh Pharo and Sarah Readman

An Unlimited Theatre production
Commissioned by The Civic, Barnsley, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre & Without Walls.
Supported by Arts Council England

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