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Show // Fly Me to the Moon // Petworth Festival 2019

  • Leconfield Hall Petworth GU28 0AH United Kingdom (map)

In space, can anyone hear you sing? Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969, Fly Me to the Moon is a unique and special, warm and witty one-hour expedition to our nearest neighbour in outer space.

Author and presenter Lucy Hawking, soprano and actor Sarah Gabriel, composer and music director Joseph Atkins and director Richard Williams explore human journeys into space, alongside the music that astronauts, cosmonauts and taikonauts have taken with them. The show incorporates song, film, historic artefacts, possible communication with the International Space Station, some recently revealed secrets from NASA, and a ride on Lucy’s friend’s moon buggy.

With songs dedicated to the mysteries of the night skies by Schumann and Schubert, Elizabeth Maconchy, Haydn, Samuel Barber, and mash-ups of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star', Mozart and Monteverdi, Fly Me to the Moon investigates the ancient and constant human desire to capture what lies beyond us - to learn how different it might be 'up there', and, equally importantly perhaps, to discover what the universe shows us that we all have in common.

Photo: courtesy of Adam Cherrett