Yuri Gagarin was the First Cosmonaut, the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. He was the first human to see what no other human had ever seen before, to see the earth from outer space, and to experience the reality of our planet as a tiny, fragile blue ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.
Written by Jocelyn Clarke
Directed by Niall Henry
Blue Raincoat Ensemble John Carty, Ciaran McCauley & Sandra O Malley with Bob Kelly & Frances Healy
Set & Costume Design Jamie Vartan
Lighting Design Barry McKinney
Sound & Projection Design Joe Hunt
First Cosmonaut premiered at The Factory Performance Space, Sligo in October 2013.
First Cosmonaut toured to The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in June 2014.
Photography Steve Rogers
The First Cosmonaut 2014 International tour was made possible through the support of Culture Ireland.