Sky’s the limit for Sputnik play

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Broughty Castle provided the backdrop for the performance of a play about the space race from the Soviet perspective.

Last Sunday, as part of the Blue Skies Dundee Festival, the Dundee Repertory Theatre performed a rehearsed reading of ‘Little Eagles’ by Rona Munro.

It lifts some of the shroud of secrecy which surrounds the Soviet Space Programme and its chief designer Sergei Pavlovich Korolyov, who’s involvement was kept a secret until after his death.

Among the audience members was Broughty Ferry councillor Laurie Bidwell. He said: “For those of us who can remember news about the launching of the first Sputnik in 1957 and the first man in space, Yuri Gargarin, this play provided a fascinating set of insights.

“But as the play’s author admitted, she had to use her imagination to fill in some of the blanks in Korolyov’s history which has been shrouded in secrecy.

“The Company all played well with stand out performances by Lewis Howden as Korolyov and Elspeth Brodie as the Doctor. The sound engineers also deserve a mention as they ensured that extraneous noise from the wind did not drown out the dialogue.

“The Castle was an inspired choice for such a performance; with the Tower as a backdrop silhouetted against the night sky, one could easily be dramatically transported to the launch site of the Sputnik. Thanks to Blue Skies for wonderful night out on our doorstep.”