Story of two women...across time and space

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Acclaimed Brighton-based production company Take the Space return to the Devonshire Park Theatre this autumn with their brand new production, Stella.

This celebrated play is about time and space: two women astronomers, Jessica Bell from the 21st century and Caroline Herschel from the 18th century who both look up at the same night sky and find themselves colliding in their search for understanding. Caroline longs for a family and home of her own; Jess contemplates the prospect of losing both.

Each woman can precisely map her position in the universe yet she struggles to find her place in the world.

This one-act play has received wonderful reviews, and focuses on two women, the fictional 21st century astrophysicist Jess and the very real Caroline Herschel (1750 – 1848), while her brother William who discovered Uranus is still revered and fills the history books Caroline was relegated to a virtual foot-note in his success. But she actually discovered eight comets, numerous nebulae, some double stars and was the first woman to receive honorary membership of the Royal Astronomical Society! This new play will shed fresh light on this remarkable and all-but forgotten ground-breaking woman.

In writing this new piece of work Siobhán Nicholas went directly to Caroline Herschel’s journals and found not just the mystery of eight missing pages, but a remarkable, rueful, humorous woman who came to Britain and, in just a few years, mastered a new language, learned mathematics, became a professional soprano singer, and ended up a far more rigorous cataloguer and arguably a greater discoverer of the cosmos than her celebrated brother.

Stella is funded by Arts Council England, Science and Technology and Facilities Council and The Institute of Physics, and is at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from 22 to 23 November. Tickets priced at £18.50 with concessions available including child and student tickets at just £9, to book call the box office on 01323 412000 or online www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.