Skylab

Co-presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company 

The launch of a science laboratory into Earth's outer orbit was hailed as a mracle of the modern age. But what was really going on up there? The nature of the experiments conducted was kept top secret...

It’s July 1979. NASA’s Skylab is hurtling towards Earth, about to crash land near Esperance in remote Western Australia. Nev, Jem and the kids have no idea that their world is about to change: reality shifts, conspiracy theories abound and a pink horse appears out of nowhere. The town’s white fellas start behaving strangely too, with apologies for taking black fellas’ land and handing over all money owed. Dreamtime meets Monkey Magic in this fantastical comedy where things that were once considered impossible, become not only possible, but real.

Based on a true story – only the facts have been changed to protect the innocent!

Originally developed by Ilbijerri’s Black Writers Lab; Moogahlin’s Yellamundie National First Peoples’ Playwriting Festival, Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

 

The idea of sci-fi is not new, we have been writing songs and dances about the stars and beyond for centuries. I feel fiction and nonfiction is speculative maybe the past, present and future all exist now?. Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Playwright