A star turn with Stella in the Studio


Stella, a story of women, their men and astronomy, is to be performed in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday, March 6.

It is being presented by Take the Space in association with Greenwich Theatre.

William Herschel discovered Uranus. So what did his sister do? She discovered eight comets, numerous nebulae, some double stars and was the first women to be offered honorary membership of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Science has historically been a man’s domain; yet look closely at the archive and you’ll find a silent army of intelligent, dedicated women researching and discovering.

This is a play about Time, Space, Curiosity and Passion: two women astronomers, Jessica Bell from the 21st century and Caroline Herschel from the 18th century 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.

Stella features actors Sian Webber, Chris Barnes, Siobhán Nicholas, and direction by the company and Polly Irvin.

Ticket details are available from the box office on 01332 593939.