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Science in the Spotlight

Science Theatre for Adults
In 2017, our programme of science theatre for adults brought a fascinating range of scientific events, issues and ideas to life.

Exploring the history, conspiracy and myth of the early space race at Summerhall, our Science in the Spotlight commissioned production Cosmonaut blended live performance, music and live data to tell three interlocking stories.

The Lyceum staged Caryl Churchill’s powerful play about genetics, ethics and identity, A Number, directed by award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris. The issues of the play were explored in more detail through a series of pre-show panel discussions, programmed in partnership with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company. Girl in the Machine, at the Traverse Theatre, was a timely exploration of new technology in a world that’s falling apart, written by Traverse Associate Artist Stef Smith and directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin. 

Back at Summerhall, Jenna Watt’s provocative documentary theatre piece, Faslane, offered a hugely powerful insight into the UK’s nuclear debate and our relationship with Trident, drawing upon interviews from people at the front line, including MOD officials, activists and local people. Edinburgh University Theatre Company, at Bedlam Theatre, presented Isaac’s Eye by American playwright Lucas Hnath, a unique blend of history and fantasy that re-imagines Newton’s contentious, plague-ravaged world, and examines how a rural farm boy could become one of the greatest thinkers in modern science.


Science Theatre for Families
Our 2017 science theatre programme for families was bigger than ever before, with performances taking place at venues all over the city.

Our 2016 Science in the Spotlight commissions – Lost at Sea by Catherine Wheels, and Borderline Theatre Company’s CATS award-winning Uncanny Valley – returned at The Festival Theatre Studio.

Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company presented the world premiere of Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, a family-friendly promenade performance seeking out a new and unusual animal at the Zoo.

Audiences could also explore environmental sustainability in the darkly humorous A Stone’s Throw by Giddy Aunt Theatre Company, go fossil-hunting with Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre in Dinosaur Detectives or, for younger children and their families, discover the science in your favourite stories with Scottish Youth Theatre’s Family Story Time.

Science in the Spotlight commissions were created with support from Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

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