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2019/2020 Tour Dates

Sept 29
McCallum Theater
One Small Step
Palm Desert, CA
Nov 2
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
One Small Step
Torrance, CA
Nov 5-9
Purdue University
One Small Step
West Lafayette, IN

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“It’s hard to imagine a play fueled by a more profound and spellbinding sense of sheer wonder.”

Malcolm Jack, The Scotsman

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“It’s the dynamic relationship between that pioneering daring and our own modest leap of imagination that powers this delightful hour with the force of a NASA rocket at blast-off.”

Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph

“There is a palpable sense of excitement, hope, and wonder throughout-from the stirring speeches of JFK to the world-changing image of the Earth rising behind the moon’s surface.”

Nuala Calvi, The Stage


Written by David Hastings and Directed by Toby Hulse, One Small Step is an inventive, funny, action packed show that crams 50 years of history and 41 characters into 60 minutes! In the run up to the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, it’s a visually stunning account of one of history’s greatest adventures- the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to send the first man to the moon.

Two actors magically recreate the space race with the aid of simple household objects, as well as creating the famous Apollo, Gemini, and Sputnik capsules from buckets, lamps, and cardboard boxes, capturing the imagination of all ages.


Oxford Playhouse is a theater for everyone.

Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.

We also create live performance here in Oxford. The Playhouse produces and tours its own shows, hosts Artists in Residence and presents Playhouse Plays Out, an ongoing series of off-site events which happen at locations across the county.

The theatre’s Learning team works with over 15,000 people each year through post show discussions, workshops, work experience, holiday schemes, a youth theatre and a young people’s theatre company.

David Hastings graduated from Ruskin College in Oxford in 2008 with a degree in English Studies and Creative Writing. He has written three plays, One Small Step (2008), The Wright Brothers (2011) and in collaboration with Toby Hulse, Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles (2017). All three were directed for the stage by Toby Hulse.

Toby Hulse is a director and playwright who specialises in making theatre for family audiences.  Recent work includes:

As a director: Bed Time, Tea Time and Bath Time for Oxford Playhouse; Medusa, MinotaurWar Game and The Last Days of Mankind for Bristol Old Vic; Ready Steady Lift OffReady Steady Go and Ready Steady Colour for ALine Art; and Beowulf, Jason and the Argonauts and The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

As a playwright: Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles for The Theatre, Chipping Norton; The Jungle Book for Lakeside Arts, Nottingham; To Dream Again for Polka and Theatr Clwyd; and Northanger Abbey for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Toby also teaches Improvisation and Clowning at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  He was part of the original creative team of One Small Step, and is delighted to be returning to what may be his all time favourite piece of work, on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing.

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