Devised by Ditto Theatre Company Limited
© January 2018
"The year is 1969 and the world is changing. Beehives and miniskirts are all the rage; Everyone is listening to The Beatles; and bag of fish and chips would cost you 25p. NASA has just put the first man on the moon. The world is transfixed and everyone is watching, including eight-year-old Maisie Robinson. From the very moment she saw the moon landings, Maisie knew that she was destined to be an astronaut. In her dreams she travelled beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and flew amongst the brightest of stars. Unknown to Maisie, people had other plans about her future. After all, girls don’t do science, do they?"
Using an amalgamation of storytelling, puppetry and movement with an original score, Ditto Theatre Company invites you to join us in making the impossible possible as one girl battles to become…Rocket Girl!
Rocket Girl was developed in association with the National Theatre of Scotland as part of their 2018 Exchange Programme.
"Rocket girl is a wonderful physical piece of storytelling that refreshingly swaps cliché dreams of being a princess for much more exciting dreams that reach into space!"
Ed Fest Magazine
"This charming blend of puppetry and theatre has a poignant story at its heart"
Bouquets & Brickbats
"Hugely captivating, emotional piece of puppetry and theatre"
Edinburgh Festivals for Kids
"An emotional, uplifting tale"
"A spirit of playful innocence which extends to the six-strong ensemble of professional make-believers as they utilise puppetry and props, storytelling and movement"
Past Tour Dates
Drayton Arms Theatre, South Kensington - 3rd - 4th June
Eden Court Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland Exchange Festival, Inverness - 3rd July
St Ives Library, The Library Presents, Cambridgeshire - 16th March
Plays in the Playground Schools Tour, Shepton Mallet - 27th - 28th March
Christ the Redeemer Church Hall, The Library Presents, Cambridgeshire - 30th March
Queen's Park Hall, The Library Presents, Cambridgeshire - 30th March
Nonsuch Studios, Nottingham - 11th May
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's - 22nd - 24th June
St Mary's Hall, Malmesbury - 13th July
Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh Fringe - 1st - 25th August
Malmesbury School - 12th September
Lyric Hammersmith - 26th October
Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Puppet Festival - 26th May (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Komedia, Brighton Fringe - 28th May (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Greenwich Theatre - 29th May (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Old Well Theatre, Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival - 31st May (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Crichton Campus, Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival - 31st May (Postponed due to COVID-19)
the egg, Theatre Royal Bath - 6th June (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Rugby School - 12th June (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Derby Theatre - 13th June (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Rocket Girl Walkabout
Ditto are also able to present a 30 minute, high-energy, interactive 'Rocket Girl' walkabout session that includes astronaut training sequences, some amazing facts about Space and an appearance from Maisie Robinson herself. As seen as part of Nottingham Puppet Festival 2021.
If you've ever wondered if you've got what it takes to be an astronaut, this is the first step to finding out!
Suitable for 3+
Adaptable to any space
Can be performed 1-5 times daily
Photos by Polly Bycroft-Brown Photography and Ewen Weatherspoon