Andrew Thompson

Plays by Andrew Thompson

In Event of Moone Disaster  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Andrew Thompson's play In Event of Moone Disaster is a family drama about space exploration and its impact on the lives of three women across a time-span of 80 years. The play won the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award, and was first performed at Theatre503, London, on 9 October 2017.

The play's action takes place between 1969 and 2056, primarily in a small northern English village. In 1969, a young Sylvia Moone watches the moon landing and longs for someone to sweep her off on an adventure. In 2017, she’s a crotchety old woman, her memory failing, and her son and daughter-in-law are trying to conceive. In 2055, her granddaughter, also named Sylvia Moone, is preparing to become the first person to set foot on Mars.

The premiere production was directed by Lisa Spirling and designed by Sarah Beaton. It was performed by Rosie Wyatt (as Sylvia Moone), Thomas Pickles, Will Norris, Alicya Eyo and Dar Dash.

Andrew Thompson has worked as an actor for companies including the National Theatre and Sheffield Theatres. As a writer, he has had works staged at Arch468, Sheffield Theatres, Chats Palace, White Bear Theatre and The Vaults, amongst others. His play In Event of Moone Disaster was the winner of the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award, and was premiered at Theatre503 in 2017.