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Moon Project by Rachel Blackman

Leila was thrown into the air one day when Shahab crashed his car into her. Moon Project is about how often the thing we want the most is the thing we are most frightened of. It is also about space.

  • British Sign Language
  • Wheelchair Access
  • 29 October - 16 November, Tues - Sat 7:45pm. Preview 29 October. BSL Interpreted show by Sue MacLaine 12 November.

Venue: Downstairs

5 Stars "The enthralling atmosphere created by the talented cast is heightened by its poignant soundtrack and the clever minimalist set design devised by Pearl Bates. Warm and life-affirming, Moon Project tells a story that will keep audiences amused and enchanted...This play is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys thought-provoking contemporary theatre." Melanie Weaver, The Upcoming.

Leila is an aeronautical engineer. Shahab is a film maker. Today they have been asked to give a talk about their famous friendship and how two such unlikely people have become friends in the first place.

It all started with a crash. Leila was thrown into the air one day when Shahab crashed his car into her.

Did she experience shock? or peak experience? And was it possible she experienced both at once? Meanwhile Shahab, who has spent his whole life on the run, is having to come to terms with why he didn't stop to see if Leila was ok...Moon Project is about how often the thing we want the most is the thing we are most frightened of. It is also about space.

Inspired by space travel, peak experience and radical shifts in perspective, Moon Project is a two-hander devised by Brighton based theatre maker Rachel Blackman and The Company. Rachel’s previous collection of plays Triptych: Three Attempts at Love was the Sunday Times’ pick of Brighton Festival 2011.

Moon Project combines award-winning new writing with Stillpoint’s signature raw and powerful physical, visual performance to create poignant, thought-provoking and heartbreakingly funny new theatre with an incisive contemporary edge.

Images: Geraint Lewis

What audiences have been saying:

'... If you get the chance go and see Rachel Blackman and Jules Munns in Moon Project at Ovalhouse. REALLY amazing show.'

'I have just seen one of the best stage show in such a long time. Blackman is a hugely talented writer!!'

'Such a bewitching and captivating piece of theatre. The images are still lingering.'

'Clever, beautiful to look at and with a huge heart.'

'Such an enchanting piece of theatre. A gripping and visual feast.'

'Still have a mighty mind worm from Moon Project. I would heartily recommend.'


Weds 6 November
On the Problem Self & Identity with Rachel
A talk with Q and A exploring mythological journeys and how to fly to the moon and back to accompany your visit to Moon Project.   The discussion will touch on Jung, Joseph Campbell and character creation as well as the peak experiences of astronauts which formed the  inspiration for the show. Led by writer and performer Rachel Blackman.


Wednesday 13 October
Writing from the Body

Creating new work through writing, devising and movement. Join the creative team behind Moon Project to  explore at first hand the strategies and approaches to generating and developing new work that brings together writing, movement, image and performance



"The Intelligence and Intuition of creator and performer Rachel Blackman is used to dazzling effect… An abiding image of life in all its messy multilayered wonder. Beautiful.’"

Nione Meakin, The Argus

"A powerful piece of physical theatre… A theatrical masterpiece worthy of the highest accolades. Cannot be missed"

Fringe Review
  • Tue 29 Oct, 7:45pm
  • Wed 30 Oct, 7:45pm
  • Thu 31 Oct, 7:45pm
  • Fri 1 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Sat 2 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Tue 5 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Wed 6 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Thu 7 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Fri 8 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Sat 9 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Tue 12 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Wed 13 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Thu 14 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Fri 15 Nov, 7:45pm
  • Sat 16 Nov, 7:45pm

Written and conceived by Rachel Blackman. Created and devised by the company.

Performers - Rachel Blackman and Jules Munns
Director / Dramaturg - Paul Hodson
Movement Director - Emma Roberts
Technical Director & Lighting design - Geoff Hense
Costume and Set Design - Pearl Bates
Producer - Beccy Smith

Stillpoint produce the work of award-winning performer/theatre maker Rachel Blackman with various collaborators and associates who have in the past included Wendy Houstoun, John Wright and Inspector Sands’ Lucinka Eisler.

For the past five years they have been creating powerful theatre that combines a minimal aesthetic, wry humour and highly physical style with experimental form. Their style is formally adventurous, yet engaging and accessible. They take ordinary characters' intimate journeys and use them to mainline into complex questions about the nature of our shared experience.

Additional information

Moon Project is supported by South Street Reading, the Nightingale Theatre and Theatre in The Mill.

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