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Can you create the next Science in the Spotlight show?

Calling theatre artists… Science in the Spotlight needs you! We are working in partnership with Imaginate and Starcatchers to commission a new early years science theatre piece to be delivered at our 2018 Festival.

Science in the Spotlight aims to bring together the wonder of the theatre and the explosive world of science communication. Originally launched at the 2016 Science Festival, the project is an extension of the Science Festival’s mission to encourage everyone to become inspired by the wonders of science and technology. It turns the focus to the stage by supporting the development of theatre which takes a fresh approach to science as part of the action.

In its first year the project commissioned two brand new family theatre shows - Borderline Theatre Company's Uncanny Valley and Lost at Sea by Catherine Wheels. Both were nominated for the 2015–16 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) award for Best Production for Children and Young People, with Uncanny Valley going on to win the award. Following on from the Festival, the project presented a scratch theatre night at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in September 2016 to provide a platform for people to experiment with science in theatre. In 2017 the theatre stand within the Festival programme grew again, including a range of shows for families and adults.

We are now looking to commission a brand new piece to be performed at the 2018 Science Festival between 31 March–15 April. We have up to £30,000 funding available for the production and are seeking proposals for a new theatre piece aimed at an early years audience, between the 0-5 years age range.

Interested? Head over to our Science in the Spotlight call webpage to find full details and submit your proposal by Monday 10 July.

(image - Uncanny Valley by Borderline Theatre at Science Festival 2016)