This is a theatre performance, at which scientific themes or historic events are presented.
Such performances can either communicate scientific issues in an understandable and entertaining way or can artistically stimulate reflection on a meta-level. These productions could be either fictitious- a story about a certain scientific principle, or factual- a story about an important researcher, event, or discovery in history.
- Adult citizens
- Children 7-12
You can do it with all those groups, but we did it with professionals from different fields like public engagement or the cultural and creative sector.
Science theatre is a great way to combine culture with research and to convey scientific knowledge in an engaging way. It is a good vehicle for presenting themes that are normally limited, either because they require the use of AV equipment, props, or require experiments to communicate them. In addition, combining science with a fascinating story can facilitate the long term retention of the scientific principles which are included in the play.
- Decide on a theme and a format
- Design a performance
- Hire actors
- Write a script
- Schedule rehearsals
- Book a venue
- Consider suitable props &/or technical devices
- Promote your event
The quality of Science Theatres depends largely on the script and the actors. Do not forget humour, laughter, deliberately making funny mistakes, or props such as masks, clothing and scenery.
Also, music, sounds (explosions!) and smells can be used to stimulate all of the senses of the audience.
The invitation to “volunteers” to come on stage can also improve the success of the performance.
Consider whether pre-registration and tickets are required.
Organising an event like this could be fairly costly, depending on the cost of hiring actors, the venue, technical equipment and or other materials, just to mention a few.