4 (2) · New Writing

“Lying there, drifting up into those ancient lights was exactly like looking into the past. It is looking into the past. History, I think, is just a property of light.”

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13 June 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“I first saw Al Smith’s play in Edinburgh back in 2006 and very haunting it was too. It’s a monologue about a man born in the middle of the 20th century in the dead centre of the USA who dreams of leaving this planet for space. It think it will have stood the test of time. The piece combines personal history with a history of the mid-20th century USA as it tells a story about the dark side of the moon. Josh Roche, winner of the 2017 JMK Award, directs.”


Charlie Fairbanks was born in the dead center of the United States at the dead center of the twentieth century.

Americans are going to the Moon and Charlie’s sure he’ll be the first one there. But as he shines his spotlight on the Moon, so too does it illuminate the darker side to his nation’s history.

Radio is a story about memory, love and spaceships.

By multi-award winning writer, Al Smith (Harrogate, Diary of a Madman) and directed by Josh Roche, winner of the JMK Award 2017 (My Name is Rachel Corrie).

Critic reviews

Al Smith’s searching, sad play is revived to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing

The Guardian

Adam Gillen’s gripping performance lends gravity to a moving monologue of space flight and lost innocence

The Stage

An exemplary piece of storytelling

Theatre Weekly

A lovely example of the power of faith and deliciously highlights the testament of spirit

Broadway World

One of the most exhilarating things I’ve seen in the theatre this year


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Wed 19 Jun - Sat 13 Jul, 3.30pm & 8pm


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