launch party

A new play about two sisters a universe apart

When I look at my life on earth, it’s brilliant, I love it, I love you, but… it’s small. And this is a chance to make my life big.

Martha and Vi are twins. They grew up side by side, watching the stars. But recently they’ve drifted. While Martha has stayed in their home village, laying down roots, Vi has been across the globe training as an astronaut, preparing to launch herself into the unknown.

Before Vi blasts off, Martha has arranged a party to send her off in style. She’s laid out snacks, hired a DJ and invited the whole village. Will it be enough to reunite the sisters before Vi heads into the stars?

Launch Party explores family, the final frontier and how we carry home with us wherever we go. With a story set within the framework of a party, complete with disco lights, cheesy pop and balloons, Bucket Club transform everyday objects to tell an epic story.

Live music is used throughout the show, drawing on influences as diverse as David Bowie, Georgian choral music and the Macarena. Using keyboard, electric guitar, computer software and choral singing, Bucket Club composer/performer David Ridley crafts original songs and beautiful textured soundscapes that the whole cast perform.

Launch Party is a hilarious, moving, musical feast by a multi award-winning company that will make you think about the meaning of home, and how, sometimes, we need to leave.

A playful new show with innovative live music about family, space exploration and how we carry our home with us. A Bucket Club and Farnham Maltings co-production.

Launch Party is touring autumn 2016; view the map.

Date Time Venue Box office
13th Oct 7.30pm Farnham Maltings, Surrey, GU9 7QR 01252 745444
14th Oct 7.30pm Dummer Village Hall, Hants, RG25 2AK 07411 401801
15th Oct 7.30pm Upper Clatford Village Hall, Hants, SP11 7QL 01264 336808
19th Oct 7.30pm Charlwood Parish Hall, Surrey, RH6 0DS 01293 862224
21st Oct 7.30pm Watson Institute, Cumbria, CA8 9LT 01228 670054
22nd Oct 7.30pm Whittingham Memorial Institute, Northumberland, NE66 4UP 01665 574964
23rd Oct 7.30pm Bardon Mill & Henshaw Village Hall, Northumberland, NE47 7HZ 01434 344424
26th Oct 7.30pm Welbury Village Hall, Tofts Lane, Welbury, Northallerton, DL6 2SD 01609 772436
27th Oct 7.30pm Fallibroome Academy, Cheshire, SK10 4AF 01625 627258
28th Oct 7.30pm Spring Bank Arts Centre, Derbyshire, SK22 4BH 01663 308202
29th Oct 7.30pm Long Sutton Market House, Lincolnshire, PE12 9DD 01406 366767
30th Oct 7.30pm Twyford Village Hall, Leicestershire, LE14 2HY 01664 840774
3rd Nov 7.30pm Cilcain Village Hall, CH7 5NN, Wales 01352 741062
4th Nov 7.30pm Neuadd Dyfi, LL35 0NR, Wales 07977943249
5th Nov 6.30pm St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9TJ 07501037461
6th Nov 7.30pm Tiddy Hall, Shipton Road, Ascott -u-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6AG 01993 830612
9th Nov 7.30pm Gillingham School, Dorset SP8 4QP 01747 833844
10th Nov 7.30pm Holmbury St Mary Village Hall, Surrey, RH5 6PG 01306 731532
11th Nov 7.30pm Selmeston & Alciston Village Hall, East Sussex, BN26 6UD 01323 811396
12th Nov 7.30pm The Pound Arts Centre, Wiltshire, SN13 9HX 01249 701628
13th Nov 6.00pm Thursley Village Hall, Surrey, GU8 6QD 01252 703913
16th Nov 8.00pm Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey, GU6 8AS 01483 278000
17th Nov 7.30pm Foxlowe Arts Centre, Staffordshire, ST13 6AD 01538 386112
18th Nov 7.30pm Worcester Arts Workshop, Worcestershire, WR1 1UH 01905 25053
19th Nov 7.30pm Chiddingfold Village Hall, Surrey, GU8 4QA 01428 682046
20th Nov 7.30pm Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre, Surrey, RH7 6AB 01342 833893