The Blue Ball is an imaginative investigation of the experience of space, researched by the playwright among the astronauts themselves.
Play title: The Blue Ball
Author (s): Paul Godfrey
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Publication Date: April 24, 1995
Primary Discipline: Astronomy
Character Breakdown: 8 Males, 5 Females
Alex, Dan, Stone, Carl, Sylvie, Paul, Anna, Roger, Judy, Bob, Nell, Oliver, Gina
Setting: Present day America & 30 years ago.
Time Period: Summer 1990 – Summer 1993
Synopsis of Play: The Blue Ball is an imaginative investigation of the experience of space, researched by the playwright among the astronauts themselves. This ambitious play questions the politics of a culture in which the wondrous is rendered mundane and what’s commonplace is rendered absurd. Paul Godfrey explored the myths of the astronauts in scenes alive with irony and sharp comedy.
(Play Text Blurb Cover, Methuen Drama)
First Performance Date: Cottesloe Theatre at National Theatre, London
First Producer: 1998
Performance History: The Blue Ball was commissioned by the Royal National Theatre and received its premiere at the Cottesloe Theatre at National Theatre, London in 1995.
Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders