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by Aliya Gilmore


A thousand miles above the mighty USSR.

Last recorded transmission from the burning Sputnik 2.

'She melts you know. The snowchild. She melts...'

Laika is trapped in a cardboard box, hurtling at 18,000mph into the unknown perils of space. But she isn't alone - the walls bend as she fills her square world with stories of wondrous planets made of fire, smoke and ash. Featuring live music, physical theatre and cutting-edge tech, Gilmore's story takes us on the final hours of Laika's infamous voyage, celebrating the soul who was the first to dance among the stars.


Performed at New Wimbledon Theatre and Baron's Court Theatre in June 2023.


“LAIKA is a poignant and thought-provoking production that effortlessly transcends the boundaries of language and species. Through a delicate blend of storytelling, physicality, and evocative music, this performance invites the audience to embody Laika’s perspective, immersing themselves in her world."

Durham Drama Festival 2020
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