A Week in Space!©
It’s New Year’s Eve 1968.
Billy is an 11 year old boy who has more than his fair share of life’s challenges, watching his loving mother’s health deteriorate in a home where domestic violence is habitual.
Billy’s sole escape is his incurable obsession with all things to do with space, particularly science fiction and the space race that has dominated his 11 years on earth. He has just witnessed the first rocket to orbit the moon (Apollo 8) and is uncontrollably excited about the moon landing to come. Added to this, is his curiosity about his cousin, uncle and aunty who seem to be forever venturing somewhere on strange, frequent and lengthy trips. Billy comes to discover that these excursions are intertwined with his own life.
A Week in Space! is a light and thoughtful commentary on issues of faith, how we treat one another and the notion that one day, possibly, people of all faiths and none may work together on those shared beliefs and hopes and collaborate in making the world a place free of hatred, fear and poverty.
A Week in Space! was first performed in Wigan, Lancashire in 2011 to raise funds for the local homeless.
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About the Author
Rob holds a joint degree in History and Art & Design and subsequently studied British History for his postgraduate studies. He has taught both subjects for many years, his students ranging from early teens to undergraduates. Later in his career, Rob specialised in the application of new technologies in special and alternative education.
He started writing commercially when he ran Jester Productions Limited in which he wrote scripts for plays and musicals that were used e most often in colleges, schools, major tour operators and theatre groups internationally.
He has been a fine artist most of his life and, as well as designing backdrops and costumes for Jester, Rob has received countless commissions ranging from magazine work and book covers to church interiors.
He lives in Lancashire, England.
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