The Astronaut's Chair

By Rona Munro

The Astronaut's Chair
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ISBN: 9781848423046
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 20th September 2012
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Drum Theatre, Plymouth, 2012

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A thrilling play about the race to be the first woman in space.

Renee Coburg is a gritty, glamorous aviator, the fastest, highest, bravest woman in the world. Jo Green is a determined, brilliant and much younger pilot with her eye on all Renee's records. They both want to be the first woman in space but there's only one chair at the top of the rocket.

The Astronaut's Chair is Rona Munro’s second ‘space’ play following Little Eagles, which is about the space race in Russia.

'a beautifully written and sensitively executed docudrama'


'the play shows the impact global politics and the whims of leaders can have on individual lives. It doesn't shirk from examining how personal rivalries are exacerbated when women have to compete for a single chair at a table where every other seat is occupied by men'

- The Guardian

'the dialogue is so elegant, so perfectly crafted and authentic... it's rare to see female power dynamics handled as subtly as they are here'

- Exeunt Magazine

Rona Munro is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her screenplays include the Ken Loach film Ladybird and the award-winning smash hit ​Oranges and Sunshine​.

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