NEWS: Rocket Post -a new show for families set to tour Scotland this autumn

The National Theatre of Scotland heads north and then across Scotland, presenting Rocket Post, an inventive new show for children and families, created by Lewis Hetherington in collaboration with Ailie Cohen and MJ McCarthy.

Based on an incredible true story, the show delightfully follows the antics of German rocket engineer Gerhard Zucker and his ill-fated attempts to bring a rocket-based postal service to the Western Isles in 1934. Rocket Post opens at An Lanntair in Stornoway on 23 September, with preview performances at Platform, Easterhouse (19 & 20 Sept)  before embarking on a Scottish tour to 21 October 2017.

Ever heard the expression ‘reach for the stars’?  Back in 1934, that’s just what German rocket engineer Gerhard Zucker did with his radical new idea for delivering letters at high speed over long distances – ROCKETS! Next stop: the Western Isles, and the scene of a dramatic experiment to send two rockets full of letters on a 1600 metre flight path between the isles of Harris and Scarp.

On the 28th and the 31st July Gerhard launches his rockets. On both occasions the rockets go up in flames. His vision for the future of communication explodes into thousands of tiny pieces that fall through the sky like rain. Back to the drawing board for Gerhard.  But maybe, one day, his vision will be realised.

A fantastically fun new show for everyone aged six plus, Rocket Post is equal parts play, gig and hoedown.  Full of humour, heart and hope for the future, it’s a tale of miscommunication, vaulting ambition and the joyous discoveries that can happen when everything goes wrong.

Rocket Post also playfully tells an extraordinary real story, celebrating one man’s ambitious endeavour and how an island community responded. The Rocket Post, a film that tells the story of Gerhard Zucker and his rocket mail experiments, was made in Scotland and distributed in 2004. The film went onto win the Festival Grand Prize at the Stonybrook Film Festival in New York.


The production is supported by a family workshop programme at each venue, which will be free to ticket holders. Join the Rocketeer Scientists and help build a new rocket that will take your letters on a very special journey. To book a space, please contact .

Suitable for everyone aged 6+. Spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis


Platform, Glasgow (preview)

19 September 2017,  7.00pm  20 September 2017, 10.30am, 7.00pm

Tickets: £8/£4 Box Office: Platform, Glasgow, 0141 276 9696


An Lanntair, Stornoway

23 September 2017, 2.00pm, 5.30pm

 Tickets: £7/£5/£20 family of 4  Box Office: An Lanntair, Stornoway, 01851 708 480


McPhail Centre, Ullapool

26 September 2017, 6.30pm  

Tickets: £6/£4   Box Office: 08444 771 000


Mill Theatre, Thurso

28 September 2017, 7.00pm

Tickets: £10/£6     Box Office: 08444 771 000


Findhorn Bay Arts (Forres Town Hall), Forres

30 September 2017, 3.00pm, 6.30pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£25 family of 4    Box Office:  08444 771 000


Macrobert Memorial Hall, Tarland

3 October 2017, 7.00pm

Tickets: £8/£4/£25 family of 4        Box Office: Premier Stores, Tarland 01339 880060


Portsoy Church Hall, Aberdeenshire

4 October 2017, 7.30pm

Tickets: £7/£4       Box Office:  The Ice Cream Shop, Portsoy  01261 843006


Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen

5 October 2017, 6.00pm

Tickets: £10/£7     Box Office: Aberdeen Arts Centre  01224 635208


Mount Vernon Community Centre, Glasgow

7 October 2017, 3.00pm, 7.00pm

Tickets: £8/£4/£21 family of 4              Box Office:  08444 771 000


Byre Theatre, St Andrews

9 October 2017, 7.00pm

10 October 2017, 1.30pm, 7.00pm

Tickets:  £10/£8/£25 family of 4/£5 schools             Box Office: Byre Theatre, St Andrews  01334 475000


Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

13 October 2017, 4.30pm

Tickets: £7/£24 family of 4                 Box Office: Eastwood Theatre, Giffnock  0141 577 4956


Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

14 October 2017, 11.30am, 2.15pm

Tickets: £8.50/£30 wee group saver         Box Office: Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling   0141 577 4956


Sauchie Hall, Alloa

16 October 2017, 6.30pm

Tickets: £10/£5                 Box Office: 08444 771 000


Falkirk Town Hall

17 October 2017, 6.30pm

Tickets: £5              Box Office: Falkirk Community Trust  01324 590900


Paisley Arts Centre

20 October 2017, 2.30pm   21 October 2017, 2.30pm

Tickets: £6/£4  Box Office: Paisley Arts Centre  0300 300 1210


Workshops will be available at Platform, Glasgow (16 September 2017, 11-12.30pm); An Lanntair, Stornoway (23 September 2017, 12-1.30pm, 3.30-5pm); McPhail Centre, Ullapool (25 September 2017, 6-7.30pm); Mill Theatre, Thurso (27 September 2017,4.30 -5.30pm/6.30pm, 6-7.30pm/8pm); Forres Town Hall (30 September 2017, 11-12.30pm, 1-2.30pm); Macrobert Memorial Hall, Tarland (2 October 2017, 4.30-6pm, 6-7.30pm, 3 October 2017, 6-7.30pm, 6.30-8pm); Portsoy Church Hall, Aberdeenshire (4 October 2017, 4.30-6pm, 5.30-7pm); Abderdeen Arts Centre (5 October 2017, 4-5.30pm); Mount Vernon Community Centre, Glasgow (6 October 2017, 4-5.30pm, 6-7.30pm); Byre Theatre, St Andrews (9 October 2017, 4.30-6pm, 10 October 2017, 11-12.30pm); Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock (13 October 2017, 2.30-4pm), Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling (14 October 2017, 9.45-11.15am, 12.30-2pm); Sauchie Hall, Alloa (15 October 2017,3-4.30pm); Falkirk Town Hall (15 October 2017, 10.30-12pm); Paisley