Since she was 8 years old, Irish Scientist and performer Dr. Niamh Shaw has dreamed of space travel. After years of pursuing various career paths, she resolved to spend the whole of 2014 trying to get to make her dreams a reality. In her pursuit to get to space, she interviewed astronauts, astrophysicists, space industry experts and potential colonists of Mars.
Part comedy memoir and part fascinating space lecture with watercolour-based ghostly landscapes, this captivating performance explores the beauty, darkness and humanity of space, while begging the question- ‘What do you do with impossible Dreams?’
Written by Niamh Shaw
Directed by Sarah Baxter
Lighting design by Patrick W Anthony & Eoin Winning
Set design by Clare Henderson
Sound design by Cameron Macaulay
Dramaturg: Dan Colley
AV Design by Mick Cullinan
Tech operator: Liadan Ni Chearbhaill
In Association with Astronomy/Astrophysics & Facilities at CIT Blackrock Castle
Observatory: Clair McSweeney
ESA: Lorraine Conroy, European Space Agency/ESTEC & Stephanie O’Neill ESERO Ireland
Dr Niamh Shaw, an engineer, scientist and performer is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity. Niamh was a full-time academic before embarking on a career in performance and theatre and later merging these skills with communication, engineering, science, art, and technology. She is interested in exploring the middle ground between art and science, and pushing boundaries in telling the human story behind science. She creates science events for family audiences as well as her work in bringing science to the stage. She is passionate about all things Space and was recently sponsored by the European Space Agency to attend the International Space University’s annual Space Studies Programme in association with NASA in 2015. She is the Northern Ireland Space Ambassador for the European Space Agency’s Education & Resource office (ESERO UK).
A special one-off performance as part of Science week 2016 on Thursday November 17th 2016.
Suitable for ages 16+.
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