Masque Theatre are Defying Gravity this October

Under director Megan Lucas, Masque bring Jane Anderson’s emotional play, “Defying Gravity” to The Playhouse Theatre.

Although the title is perhaps more associated with a big musical number from a green skinned witch, Jane Anderson’s Defying Gravity debuted in 1997, and it tells the stories of fictional characters affected by the very real Challenger Space Shuttle disaster of 1986.

A mix of monologues and clever staging take the audience through time, revealing the ways in which the disaster, which saw all 7 crew perish within minutes of the shuttle’s launch on January 28, 1986, affected a range of people – from the couple who’ve come to witness the launch, a member of the ground crew, the woman who runs the bar frequented by the astronauts, the teacher on the crew and her 5 year old daughter (loosely based on the real-life teacher on board, Christa McAuliffe.)

Director Megan Lucas writes “At the heart of the story is the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and the ordinary people caught up in a much larger story. Much of the play consists of story-telling monologues, interspersed with vignettes of the events before and after the accident, not all of them rooted in reality.”

Auditions for this dramatic piece take place on 22 July 2018 at Burns Street Studios (7 – 9 Burns Street, NN1 3QE Northampton) – for further details, including the roles available, check out Masque’s audition page. Auditions are open to all, you do not need to be a member of Masque to attend.


Defying Gravity runs at The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, from Tue 16 – Sat 20 Oct at 7.30pm.





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