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Astronomical (Touring Show)

June 1, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Astronomical - Full Throttle Theatre Production

The Townsville Astronomy Group and Full Throttle Theatre have teamed up to bring what is believed to be a world first tour during the 2017 winter. The new production Astronomical, not only delivers belly laughs as it explores the Universe, but the audience participates by looking at the various astronomical wonders through large computer controlled telescopes. Starring Susan Prince, Daryll Heath and Bob Bartlett. Written by Bob Bartlett, Directed by Susan Prince.

ABOUT THE PLAY Three actors playing multiple roles create a magical cast. Gallileo, Einstein, Neil Armstrong and Stephen Hawking, lead the audience through space with nuggets of science intermixed with the historical twists and turns from the characters’ perspectives. For example, Neil Armstrong’s explanation on how he got to the moon- “They put 2,000 tons of rocket fuel in the rear end of a Saturn 5 rocket and lit it.” Astrology is debunked in an amusing way, with Madam Charlatan tracing out star signs in the sky, and offering pseudo-readings.

Even the music is different- the sound effects are the eerie radio signals picked up from Saturn and other planets by passing deep space probes.

The play is an outdoor production, where the sky is dark and the planets beckon. The audience bring their own chairs and a picnic. There is a limit of 90 audience for each show to allow everyone to get a good look through the six large computer controlled telescopes.

Bob Bartlett and Lynn Bartlett have been touring the telescopes along the Overlander highway and around the region for a number of years. They have a great knowledge of what works and what communities want. Adding the play to the tour has created a fantastic and unique product that includes a much more diverse range of audience and participants. Theatre is a great way to educate through entertainment. The children love it and parents can learn with them. Often the children know more than the parents. The actors ask the audience questions and speak directly to them, walk amongst them and joke with them. At the end the cast invite the audience to view all of the amazing constellations and planets. There is a real vibe and a lot of ‘WOW’. We will be hosting as many workshops in the communities as we can at the local schools and free community solar workshops to boost interest in the evenings performance.

Astronomical Tour Locations & Dates (Click location name for Tickets)

Charters Towers
 – 1st-2nd June
Richmond – 3rd June
Hughenden – 4th June
Julia Creek – 7th June
Cloncurry – 8th June
Dajarra – 9th June
Boulia  – 10th June
Winton – 11th June
Longreach – 16th-17th June
Barcaldine – 19th June
Blackall – 20th June
Tambo – 22nd June
Charleville – 23rd June
Cunnamulla – 24th June
Dirranbandi – 25th June
Mitchell – 27th June
Roma – 28th June
Chinchilla – 29th June
Goondiwindi – 30th June

Warwick – 1st July
Stanthorpe – 2nd July
Boonah – 5th July
Beaudesert – 6th July
Nanango – 7th July
Murgon – 8th July
Biggenden – 11th July
Gayndah – 13th July
Mundubberra – 14th July
Eidsvold – 15th July
Monto – 16th July
Biloela – 19th-20th July
Theodore – 21st July
Taroom – 22nd July
Moura – 23rd July
Bauhinia – 26th July
Rolleston – 27th July
Baralaba – 28th July
Wowan – 29th July
Jambin – 30th July

Yeppoon – 2nd August
Emu Park – 3rd August
Carmilla – 4th August
Marlborough – 5th August
Duaringa – 6th August
Blackwater – 8th August
Emerald – 10th August
Springsure – 11th August
Tieri – 12th August
Clermont – 13th August
Dysart – 16th August
Nebo – 17th August
Ayr – 18th-19th August
Ingham (Tyto Parkland) – 20th August
Cardwell – 23rd August
Tully – 24th-25th August
Innisfail – 26th-27th August
Wujal Wujal – 30th August
Cooktown – 31st August

Mareeba – 1st September
Tinaroo – 2nd September
Tinaroo – 3rd September
Mt Surprise – 6th September
Georgetown – 7th September
Einasleigh – 8th September
Forsayth – 9th September


June 1, 2017
September 10, 2017
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