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The Little Wee Martian


  • Playwright

    Brenda Winter 

  • Notes

    This play was written to form the core of a week long theatre residency in special schools. Aimed at young people with disabilities studying at Key Stage 2 level of the UK curriculum (usually 8-11 years), the play explored the need for independence and fear of the unknown.

  • Synopsis

    On a mission to Mars, Commander Space Cadet finds a Wee Martian and decides to bring him back to earth. On re-entry the spaceship crash-lands, and the Wee Martian lands in the Wrights' garden in the North of Ireland. There, though he makes friends with the birds and things of the garden, he is terribly homesick and Sergeant Wright, who has become his friend, agrees to try and return him to Mars. Protecting him from NASA, who want to experiment on the Wee Martian, she teams up with Space Cadet and together with the audience, they come up with a plan to send the Wee Martian home.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible and Mission Control was pre-recorded. See original production for details.


  • Date of First Production

    10 May 1999

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at Oakwood School, Belfast as part of a theatre residency tour.

Original Cast  
Wee the Martian Maureen Macauley
Thing Heather Long
Sergeant Libby Smyth
Lily Libby Smyth
Rose Laura Hughes
Space Cadet Laura Hughes
George Paul Boyd (2)
Dr. Boff Paul Boyd (2)
Mission Control Richard Croxford
Production Team  
Director Richard Croxford
Designer Gary McCann
General Manager Ali FitzGibbon
Composer Paul Boyd (2)
Administration Assistant Irene Swift
Stage Manager Maureen Macauley
Operator Richard Croxford
Set Construction The Workshop
Costume Construction Heather Long
Company Artistic Director Janice Jarvis


  • Contact

    Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of Northern Ireland

  • Address

    The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North
    Belfast BT1 5GB
    Northern Ireland


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Replay Theatre Company

  • Address

    East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0) 28 9045 4562

  • Email

  • Website


The information for this entry was supplied by Replay Productions from information contained in the company files.