Stars – Nutshell Theatre Company

Written by Anja Hilling, Adapted by Sarah Colvin, Directed by Kate Nelson, Music by Pippa Murphy

Traverse Theatre,
Edinburgh Festival Fringe | 2006

“Make sure you bring the tiny white stars…”

They can’t wait till Tony reaches the apple tree. But when he does, things will never be the same again.

Stars is a touching reflection on the loss of innocence. The play follows four close-knit young people through an unforgettable night with complex consequences that bind them together forever.


Stars started life on the German stage, winning the Dresden Bank prize in 2002 for emerging playwright Anja Hilling.  Both director Kate Nelson and previous Nutshell collaborator Sarah Colvin (MEAT, 2003) were inspired by the spirit and richness of Anja’s writing.

“What drew us both to this play in particular was its freshness and youth; it’s very much about young people now. They are a generation removed, largely, from death. They don’t realise that the fall-out of terrible experiences is often just to be trapped in a ghastly holding pattern. Sometimes you have to wait for life to propel you forward. Trying to move on by yourself gets you nowhere. ”