A Strange New Space


Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth?

Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. But one night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode right out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira must leave her hometown to go on an adventure, to find a safe space. Hearing the words ‘space’ and ‘adventure’, Amira quickly packs her bag for the intergalactic trip she’s been waiting for…

A completely original one woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music. We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents, forming an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older.

This production has been developed in partnership with The Trinity CentreMay Park Primary School, Integrate Bristol and Circomedia, funded by Arts Council England. Its national tour commenced in Easter 2017, and continues internationally in Autumn 2017 until the end of 2018.

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Teaser Video


Take Art Rural Touring: Roadwater Village Hall
Friday 9th February: 6pm

Artsreach Rural Touring: Drimpton Village Hall
Monday 12th February: 6pm

Artsreach Rural Touring: Milborne St Andrew Village Hall
Tuesday 13th February: 11am

Rural Arts Wiltshire: North Bradley Peace Memorial Hall
Saturday 24th February: 2.30pm

The Hat Factory, Luton
Saturday 10th March: 11am & 2pm

Nottingham Puppet Festiva. Venue: Dance4 
Saturday 24th March: 3pm & 5pm

The Lighthouse, Poole
Saturday 21st April: 11am & 2pm

The Royal Albert Hall, London
Tuesday 29th May: 11am & 2pm

We are touring throughout 2018 and will be releasing more dates very soon, so sign up to the mailing list to be the first to find out.

Creative Team

Devised ​by the ​company
Performer: Tessa ​Bide ​
Director/Dramaturg: Joe Wallace (R&D Direction/ Dramaturgy: Adam ​Fuller)
Co-Movement ​Directors: Laura ​Street & Bryn Thomas
Composer: Matt ​Huxley
Assistant ​Producer: Claire ​Crawford
Designer: Sarah Dicks
Lighting ​Designer: Joe ​Stathers
Production ​Assistant: Jemima Knight
Produced ​by Tessa ​Bide ​Productions


Relaxed Performance Materials

Over the tour we have several ‘relaxed performances’ which will see the show stripped back and performed in a way that is specifically accessible for children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and sensory and communication disorders AND their families.

To make sure you can enjoy our story to the fullest, we have created a few materials which might help you to understand and access the show before you arrive at the theatre.

Find our Social story here and our Timeline here!


Information for Bookers

Here is the downloadable venue pack for this production. For booking enquiries, please contact Tessa on admin@tessabide.com.

A Strange New Space Venue Pack

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