It’s Not Rocket Science

By Cecilia Alexander

Eve always knew she belonged in the stars, but those on Earth keep bringing her down. Watch her grow up and grow wiser about how rocket science is the easy part, but being treated equally isn’t. This piece of verbatim theatre uses interviews from over 20 female aerospace professionals and presents their experiences navigating this male-dominated industry.

A combination of verbatim and epic theatre, it is inspired by interviews conducted with over twenty female aerospace professionals. Eve’s life is an amalgamation of all their stories and their interviews are quoted both directly and indirectly within the production. Watch these real women’s stories to understand their experiences in this male-dominated industry.


★★★★★

Science, feminism, philosophy and social commentary collide in It’s Not Rocket Science in all the right doses.

Binge Fringe Review Edinburgh 2021

★★★★★

A charming and challenging exploration of the ongoing battles girls face when making decisions.

Broadway Baby Review Edinburgh 2021

★★★★★

It’s Not Rocket Science was very inspirational and brings to light the struggle of gender inequality.

Mix Up Theatre Edinburgh 2021

Cast for the Summer Tour!

Alice Connolly – Eve

Alice is a freelance Performance Artist and Producer, based in Sheffield. She has recently achieved a Distinction in MA Contemporary Performance at Manchester School of Theatre, which involved doing lots of weird and wacky artsy things (like inviting audience members to brush her teeth)!

Most recently, Alice performed the role of Olivia in Butter Side Up’s Production of Twelfth Night and Nora in Anouchka Santella’s new web series, Lessons in Seduction. After a short break from performing whilst working at Nottingham’s Nonsuch Studios as the Programme and Production Assistant but now Alice is ‘over the moon’ to be getting back into acting through the role of Eve in It’s Not Rocket Science!


Stef White – Male Multi-Role

Stef is a Leicester based actor who is currently a member of Nottingham Playhouse Homegrown Programme, The National Youth Theatre and is also an assistant workshop leader at The Television Workshop.

Recent stage credits include: George in Scuttlers (Nottingham Playhouse); Malcolm in Macbeth (Metronome); and Judge Terpin in Sweeney Todd (Leicester Haymarket Theatre).


Helen Knudsen – Female Multi-Role

Helen is an actor and director originally from Chicago, USA. She is the founder of Hatbox Theatrix and is a tutor at CU Scarborough, where she recently directed a clownish retelling of Shakespeare’s Pericles. In her spare time, she enjoys hosting Shakespeare parties and attempting aerial silks. Helen is a trained soprano and proud member of UK Equity.  @belcantocanbelto 


Favourite credits include Fern in Charlotte’s Web (Beverley Arts Center); Lady Anne in Richard III (Scenic City Shakespeare); Geneva/Night in STRING (Towle Theater); and four magical years on The Polar Express Train Ride™ (Rail Events/Warner Bros).





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  1. The play validates women’s experience of sexism, which even those of us outside the sciences can relate to, but as…

  2. I really enjoyed the play – very thought provoking and made me question what more I could be doing. Highlights…

  3. Saw the show at the Buxton Fringe Festival a few weeks ago ! Amazing ! – Well done. So good…

  4. Such a remarkable piece of theatre and so important to see on stage! Hope lots of young girls and women…

Programme Peckham Fringe, Theatre Peckham, 11th May

4 Comments

  1. Mary Philips

    Such a remarkable piece of theatre and so important to see on stage! Hope lots of young girls and women see this.

  2. Saw the show at the Buxton Fringe Festival a few weeks ago !
    Amazing ! – Well done.
    So good and such an important message.
    Keep up the great work.

  3. I really enjoyed the play – very thought provoking and made me question what more I could be doing. Highlights many problems with culture in male-dominated industries, but also shows that there has been progress and there is hope yet! Absolutely would recommend for people from any background to see, it’s been an eye-opening experience for everyone I know who has seen it!

  4. The play validates women’s experience of sexism, which even those of us outside the sciences can relate to, but as importantly it provides good role models for boys and men, and inspires young women to find and achieve their dreams.

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