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Real-life story of first man into space twice is told in South Woodford show

PUBLISHED: 14:17 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:17 16 May 2013

A scene from The Altitude Brothers.

A scene from The Altitude Brothers.

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Set in 1967 at the height of the Cold War, The Altitude Brothers is based on the tragic story of Vladimir Komarov, the first man to go into space twice.

Snuff Box Theatre Company, who are the first to admit they “love a challenge”, will attempt to recreate the unforgettable journey into space as the untested and behind schedule Soyuz 1 is launched.

Writer and director Daniel Foxsmith said: “I am obsessed with space and always have been so I was quite keen to produce a show based on the space race.

“The story started a year ago and was originally meant to look from the point of view of America, but we felt it was already so well documented.

“There was so much research involved as we wanted to stay true to what happened as well as make it as exciting as we could.”

The true story of humble beginnings and lofty ambitions includes a “raucous” soundtrack, as the audience are presented with the Russian perspective on the race to the moon.

Daniel added: “We work a lot with live music and the show includes traditional Russian folk songs. There is a training montage, like you would see in a film, which offers a real fun part to quite a tragic story.

“The show has all the ingredients of a classic tragedy and visuals that hopefully bring to life what it is like in space. Snuff Box love a challenge and recreating a feeling of distance was definitely a difficult one.”

Developed in association with Redbridge Drama Centre, the company invites you to relive a time when the very idea of a man in space boggled the minds of millions.

It is on at Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, on Thursday, May 23, at 8pm. To book call 020 8708 8803 or visit www. redbridgedramacentre.co.uk.

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