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12 FEB


Strange Orbits (rehearsed reading)



Carly Hendricks


Aishwarya Gaikwad

production team

‘There’s none on this or any other planet I trust so much as you.’
‘I feel the same… No single soul does know me like you do.’

Lily (an engineer) and her husband Jasper (a tech billionaire who founded the company they both work for) have spent more than a decade building their life together. But on the night of their tenth wedding anniversary, a secret long hidden shakes the foundation of their relationship. Now they must attempt to find common ground through urgent discussion about the climate crisis, misogyny in the workplace, and the impact of colonisation.

Strange Orbits is a debut play by Carly Hendricks, a former SpaceX engineer. Inspired by personal experience, classical theatre, and cinematic sci-fi, it explores the limits of romantic love when misaligned values are revealed. Passion, ambition, idealism, and ego all play a role as Lily and Jasper navigate tectonic shifts in their assumed reality. As their professional and personal lives intertwine, we get a glimpse into the privileged lives of technologists doing what they believe is best for the greater good.

What would you do if all you thought you knew was suddenly ripped out from under you?

Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 19:45.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance. 
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.


Jonathon Aarons

Jonathan graduated from the University of San Diego MFA Acting Program in 2021 as part of Group 33 before moving to London to attain his MA in Classical Acting at LAMDA, graduating in 2022. He has a special fondness for verse and a strong emphasis on movement with a background in physical theatre, stage combat, mime, yoga, and MMA. Credits Include - Thinking Shakespeare Love, Little Women (u/s), Nothing Gold Can Stay, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night (The Old Globe); The Winter's Tale, The White Devil, Richard III (LAMDA); Commedia Live! (Pandemonium Theatre); Metamorphoses, The Government Inspector (The Green Room Theatre)


Gwendolyn Gray

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Gwendolyn studied drama at New Image College of Fine Arts, graduating in 2018. Her move into acting came shortly after completing a Degree in Criminology when she realised a life of drama suited her better than a life of crime. Gwendolyn moved to London with her dog Gunner in 2021 to pursue stage acting full-time. Some of her favourite roles on stage include Portia (Julius Caesar), Leo (Bassett), and Denise Savage (Savage in Limbo). She is thrilled to be part of a production with such meaningful themes.


Carly Hendricks

After leaving her job at SpaceX to pursue a career in the arts, Carly moved to London to study at LAMDA and received an MA in Classical Acting in 2022. She is passionate about the climate crisis and using her voice to challenge ideas about what is possible. She has a special love for classical texts and how they can (and should) be updated for modern audiences. Credits include: Henry VI (Henry VI); Oleanna (Carol); The Duchess of Malfi (Bosola); Making God Laugh (Maddie); The Rover, Britannicus (Junia); The Basset Table (Valeria); and Troilus and Cressida (Cressida). 'Strange Orbits' is Carly's playwriting debut.


Carly Hendricks

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