The Astronaut is an intimate tale that looks at the choices we make and the seemingly impossible act of letting go.

“This is what I remember
My heart squeezing shut and this place –
The lonely life of a lost lander”

Enter the wreckage of Gwen, who for twenty-something years has not ventured outside. She is a shut-in. Driven indoors by her grief and fear of human contact she has surrounded herself with the things that provide her comfort – Elvis Presley songs and her collection of jigsaw puzzles. She is obsessed with the 1969 moon landing and watches it over and over again as a signpost of hope and possibility. Gwen is stuck in time, chased by the ghosts of her past until an inevitable calling arrives.

This solo physical theatre piece celebrates the courage of the human spirit and its capacity to change. The work is collaboration between Samantha Chester and Frances Barbe, inspired by Samuel Beckett and Chester’s background in dance and devised physical theatre.

Recommended for ages 16+

Where

The Blue Room Theatre

Perth Cultural Centre, 53 James Street, Perth WA 6000

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