When Natalie Songer began researching her family tree, she knew that one branch would lead to Arizona and the story of her Great-Uncle Tom, the NASA scientist.

Armed with information about Tom’s Pioneer 10 space program career she continued her voyage of discovery. That’s when Natalie found out that Tom’s younger brother Cor had suffered an untimely death within the walls of a German concentration camp. And that both Tom and Cor had been brave members of the Dutch Resistance.

Most people would stop there. But, as a writer and performer, Natalie’s natural next step was to apply for funding to turn her family’s fascinating heritage into a theatre performance.

Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and support from several East Anglian arts organisations, Natalie was able to continue her research by travelling to America, The Netherlands and Germany, assemble a team of fellow theatre-makers, and write and rehearse her 80-minute play called ‘Satellites’.

Told with humour and sensitivity, Natalie will be performing ‘Satellites’ across East Anglia between September – October 2022. The one-woman show will visit twelve venues – Colchester Arts Centre, Diss Corn Hall, Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft, Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich, Town Hall Aylsham, Bungay Fisher Theatre, The Cut in Halesworth, The Garage in Norwich, Two Sisters Arts Centre in Felixstowe, Felsted Theatre, John Peel Centre in Stowmarket and St George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth.

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