Rocket Girl

Children's Shows (puppetry, storytelling)

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  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Iron Belly
  • 10:50
  • Aug 25
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 5+ (5 and older)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Ditto Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: This show explores themes of loss. Contains Flashing Lights
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The year is 1969 and NASA has just put the first man on the moon. The world is transfixed and everyone is watching, including eight-year-old Maisie Robinson. From the moment she saw man on the moon, Maisie knew that she was destined to be an astronaut. But unknown to Maisie, people had other plans about her future. After all, girls don't do science, do they? Using an amalgamation of storytelling, puppetry and movement, award-winning Ditto Theatre Company invites you to join us in making the impossible possible as one girl battles to become... Rocket Girl!

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 50 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • 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

David Puszkiewicz 90 days ago

This is a remarkable production. Extraordinary creativity supports the storytelling as we are drawn into the world of Maisie and her dream of being an astronaut. It is also a surprisingly emotional journey for the audience especially when Maisie reconciles and bonds with her Aunt.
Bravo! This is a young company to watch!

Dawn Taylor 94 days ago

This was a fabulous and inspiring show. The actors were so sincere and performed the piece beautifully. Really strong message too. Adults and children in our family loved it,

D&JF 94 days ago

This is a wonderful piece of theatre enjoyed equally by children and adults. Rocket Girl (Maisie) is a terrific role model for believing in ourselves and overcoming obstacles to achieve our dreams. Maisie was brought to life on stage by a highly talented group of actors who are also extremely skilled puppeteers. Their imagination, originality and brilliant storytelling made this performance a highlight of our Fringe this year. Congratulations and thank you Ditto Theatre Company.

Wayne Howsen 101 days ago

This is a beautiful show. The message is clear and accessible - and of course right - but what makes this show so special is the energy of the performers and the beautiful way they make Maisie work. Top class entertainment.

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

The cast, in ‘NASA’ boiler suits, ask the younger audience members to draw what they want to be when they grow up....

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4.5/5 stars) 89 days ago

There are just a few more opportunities left to see this play in Edinburgh. Don’t let them slip away. The countdown to the end of Edfringe 2019 has already begun

Bouquets and Brickbats (4.5/5 stars) 90 days ago

Parents seeking a quality family show at this year’s Fringe should get themselves down to the Cowgate without further delay, for Ditto Theatre’s delightful Rocket Girl. This charming blend of puppetry and theatre has a poignant story at its heart.

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Reviewsphere 93 days ago

A spirit of playful innocence which extends to the six-strong ensemble of professional make-believers as they utilise puppetry and props, storytelling and movement, to explore how gender stereotyping limits our potential through the tale of an aspiring astronaut Maisie Robinson who after witnessing Neil Armstrong land on the moon asks her hard-working but attentive father, “Why are there no girl astronauts?”

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

In Rocket Girl, Ditto Theatre Company – which consists of graduates from the East 15 Acting School – create a charming puppet tale for children which deals in themes of bereavement and recovery. It tells of Maisie Robinson, a little girl who dreams of being an astronaut in the games...

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Edinburgh Festivals for Kids (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Sprinkled with details about space, this emotive piece will surely inspire and motivate all those who strap themselves in and prepare for take off….

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Primary Times 102 days ago

Rocket Girl is a tale of our times, set in 1969. The story of Maisie, a young girl with big dreams of becoming an astronaut and being the first girl to walk on the moon. Told through puppetry, storytelling and a wonderful recorded narrative, we follow Maisie as she chases her dreams, battling schoolgirl ninnies, death of a loved one and difficult circumstances until she finds her belief and her people.

My children were open mouthed throughout and loved retelling the story to me afterwards.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 108 days ago

Eight-year-old Maisie is a self-proclaimed ‘rocket girl’. She is obsessed with space and her ambition is to become an astronaut.  Her supportive dad charmingly tells her she can be anything she wants to b...

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