Nothing on Earth

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There’s a room in the care home that no one goes into. Jade, who had to relinquish her high-flying life as cabin crew and now works as a carer, steps across the threshold. Voices from the golden age of adventure surround her: women who flew Spitfires, crossed continents in pursuit of Chairman Mao, parachuted out of rickety hot air balloons, shouted ‘No Surrender’ into the mouths of the guns. Long forgotten stories tell themselves as the song and voices of pioneering women ring around the room. What’s going on?...

Anna Reynold’s anarchic comedy Nothing on Earth celebrates the lives of three glorious real-life heroines: Edwardian balloonist and parachutist, Dolly Shepherd (1886-1983), suffragette Constance Lytton (1869-1923), and interwar explorer Violet Cressy-Marcks (1895-1970). Past and present intertwine when their remarkable stories collide with Jade, a 21st century woman coming to terms with the loss of her beloved grandfather and working in care after her career in the air is grounded by a pandemic. 

Filled with strong, witty women and told with humour and eccentricity, Nothing on Earth navigates history whilst considering the realities of care, of growing old and grief, and of the impact of global events beyond your control.  

Expect a fantastical, heart-catching, time-travelling tale as Nothing on Earth visits to Dorset with Artsreach during Women’s History Month 2023. 

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