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SECRETS OF SPACE

Produced by Cahoots NI

From Belfast, Northern Ireland

Suni and Mae are dreamers. As young girls, they dreamt about journeying far beyond our solar system, singing among the stars and discovering all that was unknown to them:  the secrets of space. 

 

Using magical illusions and a state-of-the-art digital LED wall, the sisters and the audience embark on an interactive journey across the galaxy. The wonders of outer space are explored with dazzling imagery and key ideas and inventions in science, technology, and engineering.

 

Brought to you by Cahoots NI, the award-winning team behind Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries, Secrets of Space has been developed with leading space industry experts and features curriculum connections for elementary school audiences in STEAM learning.

 

A post-show interactive workshop is also available for deeper exploration of the "secrets" or discoveries in space, the solar system, space travel, and other related topics. Learn more here.

Past productions:  Shh! We Have a PlanEgg , Danny Carmo's Mathematical Mysteries, Nivelli's War, and Lights, Camera, Math!

About the Company
Resources

Best for: Grades 2nd-6th (Ages 7-11 years)

Audience Size: Medium & Large Venues

 SECRETS OF SPACE Highlights Trailer
from October 2019 premiere!

Interview - Creative Development with Artistic Director Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney & Writer Charles Way

 

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Company Background

Past Tours: Penguins, Shh! We Have a PlanEgg , Danny Carmo's Mathematical Mysteries, Nivelli's War, and Lights, Camera, Math!

 

Cahoots NI is at the forefront of Northern Irish theatre and is the leading professional theatre company producing work for children.  Since beginning operations in November 2001, Cahoots NI has produced original, boldly innovative work for children, some staged in conventional theatre venues and some in purpose-designed sites or specific locations, including schools and healthcare settings. Its work concentrates on combining the visual potential of theatre with the age-old popularity of magic and illusion. 
 

For more information, please visit the company’s website.

 

Artistic Team

Director: Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney

Writer: Charles Way

Set and Costume Design: Dianna Ennis

Musical Director: Peter J. McCauley

Critical Acclaim

“Cahoots blend[s] creativity, technology and information together into a seamless package... Secrets of Space is full of wonder and imagination [and] presents a universe of infinite possibility."

“I really did feel in wonder at parts in how everything works and also in how easy to understand they had made everything whilst still retaining the entertainment factor." 

“...it informs without being didactic, encourages learning without being preachy. To pull it off requires a very sure touch. The Cahoots touch."

“I loved when you reached into the screen and found the telescope. How did you do that?”

—2nd Grade Pupil

“It was educational, captivating and fun for the children. You sure did capture their attention!”

—2nd Grade Teacher

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Gallery of Past Productions

 

2019/2020 Dates

See Performances of SECRETS OF SPACE:

Ireland Tour October 2019 

Thursday 3rd - Sunday 13th  | The MAC, Belfast

Wednesday 16th | glór, Ennis

Sunday 20th | Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire

Monday 21st - Tuesday 22nd | Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo

Thursday 24th | Market Place Theatre, Armagh

Thursday 31st | Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Or see the company on the road with PENGUINS 
in spring 2020.
 

Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Performance, Digital Technology and Design, Music

  • Science: Space, Planets, Gravity, Atmospheric Pressure, Light, Refraction, Magnification, Scale, Environmental Conservation 

  • History: Early Space Exploration

  • Emotional/Social Development: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social-Awareness, Curiosity, Growth Mindset

 

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 6 hours

  • Crew Needs:  2 crew members for load in/out (1 x Lighting, 1 x Audio); 1 venue technician on call during show. Crew roles may be combined, depending on venue regulations.

  • Min. Stage Size:  36 w x 24 ft deep x 18ft ht. This show can be adapted to fit tighter spaces and a lower height (12 ft minimum) but the set up is very different and requires advance discussion with company.

  • Load Out Time: 3 hours

  • The Company tours with three large LED screens.

 

Outreach and Workshops

A  post-show interactive workshop is also available for groups of up to 30 students or young people.​ This performer-led session goes deeper into the "secrets" or discoveries in space, the solar system, space travel, and other related topics upon which the show is based. Using the play as a catalyst, participants then come up with their own ideas and questions to further investigate. The workshop is approximately 55 minutes and can be presented on stage after the performance, in a big open room, or in a classroom. 
 

Please contact us if this is something you'd like to discuss adding to your engagement.

"Relaxed" or "Sensory Friendly" Performances

This performance may also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.  Please contact us if this is something you'd like to explore.