Science Theatre for Adults
Throughout the 2018 Festival we had loads of shows and discussions for adults.
Kafka fans were be amazed by The Metamorphosis: After Kafka and Nabokov, a new interpretation of Kafka’s work using a live beetle. In a former life novelist Vladimir Nabakov was an entomologist. He criticised many translations of Kafka’s work for inaccuracies in their details regarding the beetle that Gregor Samsa, the main character, becomes. The theatrical interpretation incorporated Nabakov’s thoughts and puts Gregor – the man and the insect – side by side.
Lost Voice Guy features Lee Ridley who cannot talk but is definitely not silent. For one night-only Ridley performed his laugh-out loud comedy set at the National Museum of Scotland using speech synthesist technology. Lee also recently won Britain's Got Talent and is performing at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
For foodie fans we had BBC’s Marty Jopson from The One Show telling us about The Science of Food. By understanding the chemistry, physics and biology of our food, we can all become better cooks and better consumers.
Film buffs were treated to award-winning timelapse pioneer Walid Salhab who brought two stunning films to the Science Festival with Timescapes: Nenette and our Perceptions of Time and Timescapes: Timelapse Masterclass with Filmmaker Walid Salhab.
Science Theatre for Families
For families we had even more science on the stage.
Valentina’s Galaxy was a sell-out show for 2-5 year olds. This intergalactic inspiration was presented by award-winning theatre company Frozen Charlotte and depicted a fascinating, funny and moving experience inspired by the wondrous adventures of real women in space.
Summerhall was also the home of Survive in Space, an audience-led show about the disasters that happen in space, and The Ornithopter, a moving production following an inventor who dreams of touching the sun.
At the Scottish Storytelling Centre, you found Space Ape: By Andy Cannon, a science fiction storytelling performance that took young audiences on a journey through art, science and philosophy, and on a mission with a very special ape.
Kids prepared for bangs, colours, flames, foam and even a song in The Chemistry Show at the National Museum of Scotland. It came back for another year and was jam-packed with experiments!