This year marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landings and we wanted to share with you our passion for all things galactic. We kick off the week with a somewhat lose connection to space with the film A Star is Born... It has the word star so it counts! Things start to really hot up with the award winning First Man on Wednesday, then on Friday we have the amazing new comedy Signals followed by a fascinating talk from Dallas Campbell (BBC Stargazing Live).
On Saturday we start with a book reading of One Giant Leek for Mankind which includes a chance for your children to learn how to draw the characters from the book. In the afternoon we have a collection of scientists talking all things galactic including Dr Ben Still who will Build a Lego Universe at 1pm and 5pm. The first show is for a younger audience whereas the second show will allow for the geeky adults to have a go. The University of Hertfordshire will be presenting three talks, How a Star is Born by Dr Sarah Jaffa, I'm Not Saying It's Aliens... by Dr Ben Burningham and the last talk will be confirmed soon.
In the evening Professor Chris Lintott (BBC Sky at Night) will be here with Steve Pretty and their show Universe of Music where science and music collide in a big bang.
Take a closer look at all of our events below and book your seats today
A Star is Born (15)
Tuesday 30 April, 7.30pm
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer - until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Suitable for: 15+
Running time: 2 hrs 16 mins
Tickets: £4, £3 Dacorum Card
First Man (12A)
Wednesday 1 May, 7.30pm
Oscar® winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961 to 1969. A visceral, first person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Suitable for: 12+
Running time: 2 hrs 22 mins
Tickets: £4, £3 Dacorum Card
Signals + Dallas Campbell
Friday 3 May, 8pm
Set in the control room of a remote radio telescope, Signals follows two astrophysicists and their search for alien life over the course of a number of years. At its heart, it is a play about searching for meaning in a world we may never truly understand; about the simultaneous duality of the insignificance and significance of every day interactions, and about looking up at the sky through a telescope only to realise we are microscopic. Like Beckett met Sagan and they shared a quiet coffee together before hitting the gin hard. A comedy that asks how it feels to be lost in the cosmos with only each other and a few Jaffa Cakes for company.
Dallas Campbell is a broadcaster who presents some of TV’s most popular factual programmes, including The Gadget Show, Bang Goes the Theory, The Sky at Night, Stargazing Live and The Science of Stupid. His documentaries, which include Supersized Earth, the aviation series City in the Sky, and Britain Beneath Your Feet, reveal the awesome scale and wonder of our man-made world. Over the years he’s given audiences a unique backstage pass to some of the planet’s most extraordinary stories, people, and locations. Dallas has also written a book, Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet. For Dallas science isn’t a subject. It’s an adventure. He has a lifelong passion for understanding how the world works and for exploring our relationship with science, technology and engineering – past, present and future.
Suitable for: 14+
Running time: 50mins + 30mins Plus Q&A
Tickets: £14, £12 Concession, £11 Dacorum Card, £6 Student
Dallas Campbell - photocredit, Natalie Shaw
| 29 Mar, 2019
One Giant Leek For Mankind
Saturday 4 May, 11am
Join comedian, author, illustrator and all-round idiot Olaf Falafel as he introduces his latest book 'It's One Giant Leek For Mankind'.
As well as this slightly (but not too) educational tale of the 1969 moon landings, there will be really bad jokes, cool drawing tutorials, farting moon baboons and lots of general mucking around.
Tim Peake (actual astronaut)
Suitable for: 4 to 10 years
Running time: 1 hr
Build a Lego Universe
Saturday 4 May, 1pm & 5pm
Get ready to build your own Universe with physicist Ben Still. Find out how our Universe evolved from a split second after the Big Bang to the formation of stars and the elements of the periodic table. Put your newfound knowledge of nature’s building blocks and construction rules to the test as you create your own Lego® Universe.
Are you a fan of physics or keen on chemistry? Prize winning physicist and author Dr Ben Still Described by The Washington Post as "A British physicist with a knack for explaining abstract concepts" will be available to sign copies of his books. Particle Physics Brick by Brick explains the complicated topic of Particle Physics in an accessible way using LEGO bricks. The Secret Life of the Periodic Table tells the story behind the discovery, use and names of each of the 118 elements of the periodic table.
Suitable for: 7 to 15 (1pm Show) & 16+ (5pm Show)
Running time: 1hr
I’m Not Saying It’s Aliens...
Saturday 4 May, 3:15pm
"I’m not saying its aliens, but…” Recent high-profile discoveries such as the interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua, curiously flickering stars and fast radio bursts have all raised the question: have we already seen evidence of alien intelligence in space? Dr Ben Burningham will explore this idea, and look ahead to what the data-rich near-future of astronomy may hold in store for the search for ET.
Running time: 45mins
Suitable for: 14+
Chris Lintott and Steve Pretty’s Universe (of Music)
Saturday 4 May, 8pm
This evening of conversation, contemplation, science and music brings together two expert enthusiasts to explore each other’s domains. Astronomer Chris Lintott (BBC The Sky at Night, Stargazing Live) takes us from the beginning of the Universe to the future of the Universe and Musician Steve Pretty (Hackney Colliery Band) brings his trumpet, a drumming robot and a conch shell to explain what music is and how it can help us to understand the cosmos.
Suitable for: 10+
Running time: 1hr 15mins
Tickets: £14.50, £12.50 Concession, £10.50 Dacorum Card, £6 Student