Imagining Rachel

Theatre (storytelling, new writing)

  • C ARTS | C venues | C cubed - main space
  • 15:05
  • Aug 20, 22, 24, 26
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Elise Robertson with Unmuted Participants (California, USA)
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong language/swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Explore environmental icon Rachel Carson’s nature in this wildly inventive solo show from fellow Pittsburgher Elise Robertson, who uses puppets, found objects, and stage wizardry to interweave her own messy coming-of-age with Rachel’s, as they struggle with their identities as artists, mothers, and truth-tellers. ‘An act of performance and activism’ ( ‘Robertson is a gifted storyteller’ ( ‘An Alice in Wonderland for nature exploration’ ***** (Audience Review). ‘This one will stay with you. A reflection on science, the fragility and vibrancy of the environment, sexism, parenting, and the complexities of human relationships’ ***** (Audience Review).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Access to box office, bar, and performance space up one flight of stairs to first floor (no lift). For this performance space: Space is up full flight of stairs and one quarter-flight of stairs up from courtyard, 25 steps in total, the main full flight approx 1m wide, and the final quarter flight approx 0.8m wide.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Jo Dellapina about 14 hours ago

I've seen this show evolve from being live in a Zoom box, to a pre-recorded cool version making full use of tech, to a real-life, in-person, on-stage production. And I can honestly say they're ALL compelling. But the on-stage version is magical. I had been vaguely aware of Rachel Carson but didn't know her impact. This is a loving and educational tribute to the scientist and the woman. Highly recommended.

susan ziegler about 18 hours ago

Amazing journey of Rachel Carson's seamlessly intertwined with the actor/author's life. The acting and direction are creative and beautifully theatrical/imaginative. I've seen the show twice and each time has been a revelation. I'm not kidding!

Chelsea Javier about 18 hours ago

Elise's show is beautiful, especially the way she seamlessly weaves her personal story in with Rachel’s. It was really unique and well done. Highly recommend.

Steve Harper about 19 hours ago

What a pleasure to watch Elise Robertson on stage in this riveting show! With comic and heartfelt moments, she portrays Rachel Carson, whose contributions to science are profound. In the piece, Elise meets Carson, in an imaginative folding of space and time. One part coming of age story, one part science and history lesson, with a dose of theatrical magic - this is a truly enjoyable journey.

Larry Kay about 20 hours ago

Elise Robertson’s performance is frickin’ amazing. Story and Writing: great. Staging: super clever. Bravo! Her show is both topically urgent and wildly entertaining. Arrive early for the crab origami.

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