tells the extraordinary story of Sergei Korolyov, chief designer and unsung hero of the Soviet space programme. Under the leadership of this remarkable man, the USSR trounced the Americans in the space race throughout the fifties and for much of the sixties, achieving a series of firsts, including the first intercontinental ballistic missile, first satellite, first animal in space, first human in space and Earth orbit and first unmanned Moon landing. Rona Munroâs gripping new play illuminates the tortured life and work of this brilliant scientist and complex man. Torn from his family in the brutal Stalinist purges of the 1930s and sent to the gulag, he was subsequently rehabilitated in order to take sole charge of the Soviet Unionâs most prestigious scientific research programme. The play reveals how Korolyov struggled to meet the military demands of his ruthless political masters, Khrushchev and Brezhnev, whilst devoting as much time as possible to the space programme. And it shows how he was forced to risk the lives of the pilots, his beloved âlittle eaglesâ, who included Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut, whose achievement amazed and delighted the world. Little Eagles
presents a riveting portrait of a flawed genius and in doing so brings this fascinating and little-known story vividly to life. Join us in the magical surroundings of Broughty Ferry Castle for a rehearsed reading under the stars of Little Eagles by Rona Munro presented by Dundee Rep Ensemble. Age 12+Author Rona Munro. Company Dundee Rep Ensemble.