THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS
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