Nothing on Earth

by Anna Reynolds

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Unfortunately we have had to abandon our plans to tour Nothing on Earth this Autumn, due to the COVID-19 emergency. Updates will follow when we the situation is clearer. We are currently developing exciting online material in place of the live performances. Meanwhile, read on for information on our previous work on this project.

Last Autumn we developed Anna’s new play with funding from Arts Council England and from our partners Trestle, Dacorum Borough Council, Hertford Theatre, Pump House Theatre Watford and the School of Creative Arts and the Heritage Hub at University of Hertfordshire. Audiences enjoyed the script and the opportunities to particpate in the creative development:

‘a sensitive, relevant, funny, empowering, moving and powerful piece of theatre’ 

‘Inspirational. Will make you proud to be from Hertfordshire’.

We hope to reschedule our full production and tour for Spring 2020. We are talking with venues and organisations throughout Hertfordshire and further afield. Do contact us if you’d like to get involved. As well as the production there will be opportunites for engagement through singing, writing, theatre and film.

Rhea is the geography teacher terrified of travel. Dreading a school trip, her panic rises until she’s rescued by three pioneering women from adventure’s golden age.

Anna Reynolds’ writing uses the stories of Watford adventurer Violet Cressy Fisher Marcks (1895-1970), Potters Bar Edwardian balloonist Elizabeth ‘Dolly’ Shepherd (1886- 1983) and Knebworth Suffragette Constance Lytton (1869- 1923) to weave a time-travelling, funny and moving exploration of female experiences.

Our production will include beautiful a cappella music by Helen Chadwick an internationally renowned vocal composer and champion of inclusive choirs.

‘(The music) was so powerful the way it emerged and grew and enfolded the characters and us in subtle yet deep ways’. Audience member

Nothing on Earth is inspired by Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines.

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Creative Team

Direction: Rosamunde Hutt
Music: Helen Chadwick
Movement Consultant: Emily Gray

R&D 2019 Cast

R&D Programme 2019

7pm Wednesday 16 October 2019 at Hertford Theatre

7pm Friday 18 October 2019 at Trestle

Public workshops included:

3pm to 4pm Sunday 6 October at St Albans Museum + Gallery as part of Trestle’s Fun Palace – workshop with Anna Reynolds

5.30pm Saturday 12 October 2019 at Pump House Watford as part of Watford Fringe – singing workshop with Helen Chadwick

2pm Wednesday 16 October 2019 at Hertford Theatre – singing workshop with Helen Chadwick (free)