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Science in the Spotlight

Science Theatre for Adults

We’ve got heaps of shows and discussions planned for adults this year.

Kafka fans will 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. This new theatrical interpretation incorporates Nabakov’s thoughts and puts Gregor – the man and the insect – side by side.

The Lost Voice Guy features Lee Ridley who cannot talk but is definitely not silent. For one night-only Ridley will perform his laugh-out loud comedy set at the National Museum of Scotland using speech synthesist technology.

And for foodie fans we have BBC’s Marty Jopson from The One Show telling us all about The Science of Food. By understanding the chemistry, physics and biology of our food, we can all become better cooks and better consumers. 

If film is more up your alley, award-winning timelapse pioneer Walid Salhab brings two stunning films to the Science Festival with Timescapes: Nenette and our Perceptions of Time and Timescapes: Timelapse Masterclass with Filmmaker Walid Salhab. You'll learn some hot tips along the way as well. 

Science Theatre for Families

For families we’re bringing even more science to the stage with tons of shows for families.

Valentina’s Galaxy is one not to be missed at Summerhall for 2-5 year olds. This intergalactic inspiration is presented by award-winning theatre company Frozen Charlotte and depicts a fascinating, funny and moving experience inspired by the wondrous adventures of real women in space.

Summerhall is also where you’ll see 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.

If you pop along to the Scottish Storytelling Centre, you’ll find Space Ape: By Andy Cannon, a science fiction storytelling performance that will take young audiences on a journey through art, science and philosophy, and on a mission with a very special ape.

Be prepared for bangs, colours, flames, foam and even a song in The Chemistry Show at the National Museum of Scotland. It’s back for another year and is jam-packed with experiments! While you’re there, discover the fascinating life of an octopus with Orsom the Octopus, a fun, educational and interactive session using props, imaginative play, games and music.