Nothing on Earth

by Anna Reynolds

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A fantastical, heart-catching, time-travelling tale of female experiences and women taking flight.

Nothing on Earth is our landmark theatre project. Unfortunately the pandemic scuppered long-made plans to tour this wonderful new play. We are now working to produce and tour in the spring of 2023. Please read on for more information about Nothing on Earth and how we developed it creatively with our partners in Hertfordshire over recent years.

“Just stuff everything in the bloody bag and get out of here!

The mule is leaving NOW!”

There’s a room in the care home that no one goes into. Jade, who had to relinquish her high-flying life as cabin crew and now works as a carer, steps across the threshold. Voices from adventure’s golden age surround her: women who flew Spitfires, crossed continents in pursuit of Chairman Mao, parachuted out of rickety hot air balloons, shouted ‘No Surrender’ into the mouths of the guns. Long forgotten stories tell themselves. The voices of pioneering women ring around the room. What’s going on?

In Autumn 2019 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 2023. 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.

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)