How I Hacked My Way Into Space

An hilarious and moving storytelling show for festivals, science centres and arts venues, about one man’s mission to hack his way into space.

When UNSA patron Tim Peake got to fulfil his ambition of leaving the Earth for his mission to the International Space Station, UNSA’s Director of Human Spaceflight Jon Spooner knew that this was probably his best chance of getting up there too. Working with artists and technologists from across the world, Jon had himself scanned, 3D printed with his DNA embedded and painted to create a 6cm high “Mini Jon” whose ambition was to become UNSA’s first astronaut and join Tim on the ISS.

How I Hacked My Way Into Space tells the frankly, bizarre inspirational story of a 42 year old man’s midlife crisis creative adventure to hack his way into space from his garden shed in St Albans, via the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, to Johnson Space Centre in Houston Texas and a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Performed from UNSA’s spectacular, fully mobile HQ “The Space Shed” How I Hacked… is a show about technology and art coming together, the power of stories to create new realities and the thin lines between obsession and madness. It’s about the glorious possibilities for scientists and artists to work together and how even the smallest person can make a difference and achieve their seemingly impossible dreams.

The show is suitable for people of all ages and will particularly appeal to contemporary theatre audiences, family audiences, science enthusiasts, comedy/storytelling fans and festival-goers.

Written and Performed by Jon Spooner
Designed by Rhys Jarman
Sound Design by Elena Pena and Dan Balfour
Lighting & Video Design by Josh Pharo and Sarah Readman

An Unlimited Theatre production
Commissioned by The Civic, Barnsley, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre & Without Walls.
Supported by Arts Council England

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