Second Chance Theatre

Theatre & Performance

Laika: A Staged Radio Play

Based on historical events, LAIKA delves into the victories, conspiracies, and secrets of the Soviet space program during the Cold War.

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Laika tells the story of the Soviet space program from 1957-1969. Told from the perspective of a female flight technician, the play charts the historical events of the USSR and speculates on the many gaps in the history books. Unlike its depictions in popular culture, Laika intends to show the Space Race as many historians currently do, filled with hope and unparalleled intelligence.

How far would you go to achieve your dream?

The unsung heroes of the Soviet space program outsmart the competition on a daily basis – breaking records and making history. A lone flight technician dreams of reaching the stars. However, as she climbs closer to success, the price of victory and the sins of a nation reveal themselves.

Live sound effects and historical footage transform The Blue Room Theatre into launch pads, snow covered Siberia, and even the depths of space.

Laika is a historical lens through which we can view our own world. With the rising notion of fake news and foreign relations growing colder by the day, globally, now more than ever do we feel the pressing urgency of stories and theatre about truth, resistance, and revolution. Not only does this show pay homage to the golden age of radio and the Space Race but it holds a mirror up to our current issues with government and leadership.

As an independent company comprised of artists who aren’t employed full-time we spend a lot of our own money and time into bringing new theatre to life. We’ve been generously supported by The Blue Room Theatre but are still seeking alternate avenues to help bring Laika to life.

All we’re asking for is anything from $1 that you can spare – it’ll make all the difference in the world! All additional funds gained will contribute to performer and designer payments.

Laika was originally funded by Healthway and Propel Youth Arts to undergo a creative development in March 2017, before being programmed by Perth’s hub of independent theatre, The Blue Room Theatre, for three weeks in their Aug-Dec Season.

The show runs for three weeks (12-30 Sept) in the heart of Perth’s Cultural Centre and we’re raising funds to make it as polished and professional as we can for Perth audiences.

Currently, we are a month away from production – knee deep in rehearsals. On Sept 5, we bump into the space for one-week of technical rehearsals before our season kicks off.

We thank you in advance for your support.

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Second Chance Theatre

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Founded in 2011, Second Chance Theatre is a Perth-based, award-winning theatre company, run by Scott McArdle.

SCT has produced over a dozen original shows, fostering emerging artists in their practice and encouraging experimentation. This has lead to tours, Fringe performances, residencies, and seasons at beloved venues such as The Blue Room Theatre and Subiaco Arts Centre.

Our shows have included BETWEEN SOLAR SYSTEMS (Best Production Team – Blue Room Theatre Awards 2015), COINCIDENCES AT THE END OF TIME (2013-2016), FRANKENSTEIN (The Gothics Project 2016), and EXTRA ORDINARY PEOPLE (2015).

Expanding the limits of what can be put on stage. Bold storytelling. Boundless imagination. Award-winning teams.

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