Inflatable Space

Theatre (physical theatre)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Central
  • 16:15
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Thaddeus Phillips
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 8 and above (8+)
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months

Description

A visually stunning theatrical odyssey exploring space, time and our human condition, from internationally acclaimed theatre artist, Thaddeus Phillips. In 1977, the Golden Record was launched on the Voyager probe in the hope of being discovered by alien life and showing them a visual and audible glimpse into life on Earth. Inflatable Space explores the impact of this – two NASA technicians of the Voyager satellite get lost in a universe of inflatables, vacuum cleaners, miniatures and microphones in this cinematic adventure. A playful and profound look at our culture, our dreams, our past, present and future.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Ramp access from ground level. If not using the ramp there is 2 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    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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  • 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
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Emma 85 days ago

Melancholy, Poetic and Romantic

Reminds me of Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life & Don DeLillo's Human Moments in World War 3.

Director is genius!

Simon Feegrade 85 days ago

A very imaginative, amusing and ultimately, for me, very moving show.

klapaucius 87 days ago

really enjoyed this imaginative show about space exploration, big ideas and the future of humanity. makes you think about our place in the universe and inspires further interest.
highly recommended for both adults and kids.

Ellen 88 days ago

Really interesting show reflecting the story and had us talking about it afterwards for a while! Very clever use of inflatables, definitely a show to go and see. Only slight slowness in pacing in some parts but still a very good show!

Chris Davis 90 days ago

This show details the story of the Voyager probe, it is a very fun, innovative and visual show that will delight you. It also has a time capsule like quality and really captures a bit of that 70s nostalgia (you'll see what I mean, with costumes and etc.) Thaddeus is a brilliant theater artist that creates theatrical magic, this is one you don't want to miss! And it really depicts an interesting time in the history of space travel, I learned a lot. GO! Good for all ages (I'd say 10+).

Fringe Bingers 92 days ago

An entertaining hour of interesting thoughts on space and space exploration, loosely connected and presented in a fun way. ***


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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 81 days ago

Let’s start at the beginning. No, a starting point, as Inflatable Space has a number of beginnings. Thaddeus Phillips hefts a large black canvas bag onto the stage. It’s heavy because it contains the universe.  Sitting in the audience he watches as the contents of the bag unfold, cocoon like,...

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 81 days ago

For a piece about the cold immensity of space it is surprisingly warm as the two indulge in reflective conversation. There are themes of legacy and the future and also what has been lost by not reaching out in this age of isolationism and walls. A few of the lighter scenes don’t resonate fully and feel like time filling but overall it retains a sense of wonder.

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 81 days ago

For a piece about the cold immensity of space it is surprisingly warm as the two indulge in reflective conversation. There are themes of legacy and the future and also what has been lost by not reaching out in this age of isolationism and walls. A few of the lighter scenes don’t resonate fully and feel like time filling but overall it retains a sense of wonder.

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 82 days ago

There is a huge inflatable doughnut in the middle of the stage. It dominates the space. US theatremaker Thaddeus Phillips uses this bespoke blow-up structure as the centrepiece for a show exploring Nasa’s Voyager programme, the universe and our place in it. Launched in 1977 and running on substantially less...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 82 days ago

As the show begins, a large, white, doughnut-shaped inflatable slowly expands to take up the stage. It is the centrepiece of the performance, and director Thaddeus Phillips ensures that audiences get a lasting ‘wow factor’. Inflatable Space offers a look at how humans perceive their culture, and theorises about the future...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 82 days ago

Thaddeus Philips returns to the fringe with this fascinating account of the 1977 Voyager Space Probe on its journey to the edge of our galaxy, and, its secondary mission to carry a record of human civilisation...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

An amount of imagination is required to fully appreciate this new piece of galactically high-concept physical theatre from Thaddeus Phillips; but then, to the vast majority of the human race, the experience of anything even nearing that of travel in space is something we're going to have to visualise in...

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The List (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

Space explored on-stage and across the universe...

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Voice Magazine (3/5 stars) 85 days ago

Inflatable Space is profoundly stunning

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Total Theatre 92 days ago

In 1977, the Golden Record was launched on the Voyager probe – together with instructions for any aliens who come across it on how to play a disc. It’s amusing to think that just 40 years later, our Millennial generation of Earthlings would struggle to cope with such archaic technology...

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