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Rocket Post

Based on a true story.

July, 1934. The Western Isles. A small crowd stand on a beach and watch in amazement. Eccentric German scientist Gerhard Zucker tells them he wants to bring the world together. The future is about communication. The future is about connection. The future is… ROCKETS!

Specifically, a Rocket packed full of letters to send from Scarp to Harris. The crowd gasp as he lights the fuse and the rocket lifts up into the sky and then… explodes.

His vision for the bright new future of communication disintegrates into thousands of tiny pieces that fall through the sky like snow. Mission fail. Return to sender. Back to the drawing board Gerhard. He has three days to turn his luck around. Will he make his rockets fly? Will he bring people together? 

A fantastically fun new show for everyone aged six and over, Rocket Post is a raucous mix of songs and storytelling. Full of humour, heart and hope for the future, it’s a tale of miscommunication, vaulting ambition and the joyous discoveries that happen when everything goes wrong.

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The critical consensus

Delivered by an energetic five-strong cast of actor-musicians, who play and sing their way around Ailie Cohen's imaginative set, Rocket Post should ignite conversations worthy of Zucker's enquiring mind.

****(*)Kelly Apter, The List, 25/09/2017

A far-from-simple meditation on staying and going, home and the wide world, and the uses and abuses of communications technology both in the 1930s and now, in the age of drones, mobile phones and Kim Jong Un.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 25/09/2017

The simple story is made enjoyable by a spirited staging that requires the versatile cast of five to sing and play a variety of instruments as well as operating Ailie Cohen’s characterful models and puppets.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 30/09/2017

Features about Rocket Post

New family show from NTS remembers the eccentric scientist who hoped to send post via rockets.

David Pollock, The List, 30/08/2017

Where and when?

On Tour, from Tuesday September 19, 2017, until Saturday October 21, 2017.

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