Once upon a time, approximately twenty years from now, Yorick stands alone, suited up and ready to blast off in a rocket on his celebrated journey to Mars.  

Winner of the 2018 CATS Award – Best Production for Children and Young People

Space Ape is a new science fiction storytelling performance for children aged 7+ that will take young audiences on a journey through art, science, and philosophy, and on a mission with a very special Ape.  Andy Cannon, Scotland’s leading storyteller for young audiences, tells the tale, sharing his passion for space travel, using everyday objects and animation.

Shetland Arts is particularly excited to be bringing this production to Shetland in line with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. On the date of the anniversary, Tuesday 16th July, the performance will visit Cunningsburgh Hall. The as part of a programme of space related activity, the performance will head to Unst Fest on Saturday 20th July.

Space Ape was originally created with support from Creative Scotland and The Edinburgh International Science Festival Thanks to Imaginate and Magnetic North for early development support. Many thanks to Unst Fest for supporting the project coming to Shetland. This event is is part of Shetland Arts’ Oot & Aboot programme.

‘compellingly evocative celebration’ 

‘ like a cosmic Pied Piper, Cannon beckons us into suspending our disbelief’ 

 The Herald ‘astute design, soundscore and lighting’ 

‘his words dance, shimmy and leap… and takes story-telling into fabulous free-fall’  ★★★★ The Herald

‘powerful work by designer Ali Maclaurin, composer Michael John McCarthy, and film designer Graeme O’Hara’ ★★★★  The Scotsman

Doors open 30 minutes ahead and the show lasts approximately 1 hour. 

More Information:



Photo Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic