The Blue Ball

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

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline: Astronomy

Secondary Discipline:

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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.

Links:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/like-nothing-on-earth-1613726.html

Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders

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