Performed at The Jack Studio Theatre 1st – 19th October 2013.

By Paul Zindel

We’re all made of star dust.

Of atoms that once were stars and planets and moons.

The beautiful and the banal: coexisting through a complex chemical bond.

Tillie loves knowing the underlying scientific structure of the world. It keeps her sane. Free from her turbulent home life in a dilapidated vegetable store. Free from her overbearing mother’s constant need for attention. But could science be a way of gaining her mother’s love? Can a project with irradiated marigold seeds at the school science fair show her mother that Tillie is more than just half a test-tube?

The 1971 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, Paul Zindel’s tale of crazy relatives, radioactive flora and a passion for science is a dark and dreamy tale of one girl’s struggle to survive the trauma of growing up by escaping into science. Presented by The Jack Studio’s associate company, OutFox Productions, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, discovers what beautiful flora might grow from seemingly rotten remnants when you simply apply the spark of imagination.

**** "One of the sweetest, most tender productions out there at the moment. Aimed at all kinds of audience, you will simply love it." EVERYTHING THEATRE

**** "If you believe that theatre should make you think, make you care, and make you take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror, then you owe it to yourself to experience this." WHAT'S PEEN SEEN

**** "yet another solid gold production" WHAT'S ON LONDON

*** "a considered, engaging and interesting production from the conscientious OutFox. Definitely a company to watch, with big ambitions and great production values." FEMALE ARTS

“Paul Zindel’s lyrical play reaches its full potential in Amy Gunn’s inspired production." UK THEATRE NETWORK


Tillie – Evelyn Campbell

Beatrice – Sophie Doherty

Ruth – Katherine Rodden

Nanny – Clare Almond

Janice Vickery – Grace Lyons Hudson


Director – Amy Gunn

Producer – Kirsty Fox

Producer – John Fricker

Set & Costume Designer – Gina Rose Lee

Sound Designer – Mark Webber

Lighting Designer – William Ingham

Stage Manager – Rosanna Grimes

Props Maker & ASM – Mary Taylor

Costume Supervisor – Emma Treleaven

Accent Coach – Ana Luderowski

Movement Director – Simon Jones

Graphic Designer – Sarah Farrell

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