In 2013, NASA programmed the Mars Curiosity Rover’s sample-analysis unit to vibrate to the tune of Happy Birthday, which it sang to itself on August 5th, one year after landing on the red planet.
Curiosity is an intimate and evocative voyage of human connection through the eyes of Damien, and his relief teacher, Phoebe, who bond over a fascination with Mars and its lonely robot explorer.
An innovative and challenging work, Curiosity tears apart preconceptions of disability, as Damien, Phoebe, and Aaron, Damien's father, rocket through a galaxy of grief to find their place in the universe.
Nominated for the 2020 Patrick White Playwrights Award and the 2020 Griffin Award.
- Drama, Magic Realism
- 90 minutes
- 1 female, 2 male
- Inclusive casting encouraged. Each character has a disability, and therefore all roles should be filled by actors with relevant lived experience, where possible.The listed genders of the cast are flexible, and only exist as a guide.
- 16 to 18, 18+
- teen, young adult, adult
- Australian Plays Transform