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.

Irish Times - The Ticket

Irish Examiner

Theatre Season is Over But the Best May Yet to Come

The Irish Independent


First Cosmonaut toured to The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in June 2014.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh Guide

Herald Scotsman





Photography Steve Rogers

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The First Cosmonaut 2014 International tour was made possible through the support of Culture Ireland.