The concept of 2010: Space Commander! came about after hours of musings on the future of the planet and us being on it – taking in to account what we already know about climate change, available resources and population expansion. Our bodies cannot genuinely explore space, so why not get rid of them? Without wanting to trot out the already tired clichés about social networking sites being our main interaction, or point out that with gaming systems becoming so sophisticated the next generation will spend an overwhelming amount of time interacting through the internet, it seemed obvious to us that we were already heading for a ‘body-free’ future. At first it seems awful, but when you think about it, it could provide many benefits once we got used to it. 2010: Space Commander! tries to create this possible future and looks at it from a few different angles, as well as attempting to be a creative and enjoyable experience for the live audience and the thousands of WTC down-loaders all around the world.
Movement & Technical Direction by Morgann Runacre TempleActing Direction by David Beck
Engineered by Matt Blair & Tshari King
Editing and Post-Production by Matt Blair
Produced by Mariele Runacre Temple & Fran Kirkham
Live Vocal Sound Effects and Beat-Boxing by Tom Swarman (“Pikey Esquire”)
Foley and Addition Beat-Boxing by Amir Boutrous
With: Jessica Dennis, Richard Booth, Richard Holt, Mark Hemmings, Kitty Chapman, David Beck and Neil Frost.
The live recording of 2010: Space Commander took place on April 16th at the wonderful new LOST Theatre in London. Thank you to everyone (over 160 people!) who came down to watch the recording – you laughed, and some of you even cried, and we hope you all enjoyed the show as much as we did.
With a wonderful cast and crew, and the incredible beat-boxing skills
of “Pikey Esquire” – it was definitely a show to remember. If you weren’t able to make it down to see the recording, don’t worry – our expert technical team managed to capture it all on the download for you. Enjoy!
“At a time when the output of broadcast Radio Drama is shrinking, it is inspiring to attend recordings of these plays, and to know that people will be able to enjoy them for some time to come. The professionalism of all concerned is truly remarkable and I am looking forward to my
own input for the Wireless Theatre Company later this year.”
Cherry Cookson, BBC Senior Radio Drama Producer
“Clever, clairvoyant and compelling – a humane and humorous take on a frighteningly possible future – don’t miss it!”
Sofie Mason, Director, OffWestEnd.com