Space and stars inspire play at Stahl Theatre

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Time, space and the stars of the sky are the inspiration behind a play to be performed at Oundle’s Stahl Theatre next week.

In ancient civilisations, temple priestesses meticulously mapped the heavens, seeking to understand their gods. And so Astronomy was born.

Stella is a play by Siobhan Nicholas about time and space. Two astronomers, Jessica Bell from the 21st century and Caroline Herschel from the 18th century, look up at the same night sky and find themselves colliding in their search for understanding. Caroline longs for a family and home of her own while Jess contemplates the prospect of losing both.

Each woman can precisely map her position in the universe, yet struggles to find her place in the world.

The play will be performed at the theatre in West Street on Thursday, September 12 at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £9.50.

To book tickets or for more information about the play, call the theatre’s box office on 01832 273930 or log on to the website,

Stella is funded by Arts Council England, the Science and Technology and Facilities Council and The Institute of Physics.