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Bright Star 

a play written by Stuart Hoar 
9 - 27 November 2010 at 7.30pm 
Additional matinees occur at 4pm on Sat 20 & 27 November 
Post show Q&A presentations with cast and special guest scientists will occur on Tue 16 & Tue 23 November 
The UK premiere of a moving and fascinating story about the 
clash between love and ambition, Bright Star, is based on 
the life of  groundbreaking astronomer, Beatrice Tinsley. 
Astrophysicist, wife, mother, daughter and gifted musician, 
Beatrice was a brilliantly  creative and passionate woman 
whose work has profoundly influenced our understanding of 
the universe. But in the male dominated  science establishment of the 70’s, Beatrice struggles against prejudice and views of her place in the world. She proves to be right –  but success comes at great personal cost.

"A fabulous pairing of art and science.” Terry Marsh, Director, Women into Science, Engineering and Construction

Bright Star is based on real-life New Zealand Astronomer, Beatrice Tinsley, and the challenges she faced in her career and family life while working at the University of Dallas, Texas. It is an intelligent, witty and moving script about the discrimination Tinsley experienced in her work as a scientist - still relevant to the experience of women today. It is a New Zealand play, set in the US, with an international message, directed by a female NZ director and performed by a talented international UK based cast.

The playwright, Stuart Hoar, is a prominent New Zealand playwright and recipient of the prestigious Katherine Mansfield Fellowship.

The play is being produced by two Australian's, Michelle Witton & Violetta Tosic, who are passionate about producing thought-provoking theatre.

"Bright Star presents ideas and encourages discourse about scientific theories. Some times these ideas can be controversial and ahead of their time, such as those in Stephen Hawking's new book "The Grand Design." As theatre producers we believe generating opportunities for the exchange of ideas is exciting and necessary." Violetta Tosic, Producer, Creative Cat 

This play is supported by Women into Science, Engineering and Construction and funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council and Royal Astronomical Society.  
2 Bath Road London W4 1LW
9 - 27 November (Tue - Sat) at 7.30pm
20 & 27 November (Sat) at 4pm
Box Office: Ticketweb 08448 472264 |  
Tickets £14 | Concession £12 | Groups of ten+ £10