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The Darwin Project

The Darwin Project

The Darwin Project is an exciting collaboration between the Biochemical Society and Islington Community Theatre which will produce a brand new play, examining evolution, identity, time and coincidence.  The play will be performed by two professional actors in five Islington schools in October 2009.

Why not follow the project as it evolves on the Darwin Project blog?


Developing the play

To ensure that the play is relevant and appropriate to its intended audience a four day workshop took place from 10-14 August 2009. This workshop brought together young people from Islington Youth Theatre and local schools, the playwright, professional actors and two scientific communication volunteers.  Photos from the workshop can be seen to the right.


Over four days, the participants questioned and explored Darwin's ideas. Through discussion and improvisation, small theatre pieces were produced. These pieces will inspire and form the basis of the final piece to be created by the writer, Ali Taylor.

 

 
Hear what the participants thought about the workshop:
Who's involved in this project?

 

 

Quotes from the workshop:

 

"The project met my expectations - and more - I thought it would be education without fun, but it was extremely the opposite"
Hayley Thomas

"I find Darwin much more interesting now"
Jake Head

"I've never had to teach Darwin's theories before, and look so closely at the social/spiritual aspects ... I was really surprised at how enthusiastic and insightful everyone was"
Dale Bancroft

Ned Glasier - Director, Islington Community Theatre
Ned Glasier - Director, Islington Community Theatre
Ned is the Director of Islington Community Theatre. He recently directed Success with Islington Youth Theatre which was performed on the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre. Other recent work includes numerous community productions and projects for the Almeida Theatre, two plays for Company of Angels and You Me Us for Pyramid Theatre.

Professor John Newbury - Chair, Biochemical Society Education Committee
Professor John Newbury - Chair, Biochemical Society Education Committee

Professor John Newbury is currently Head of Institute of Science and the Environment at the University of Worcester in addition to being Chair of our Education Committee. The idea of a Biochemical Society play about Darwin originated from John and the Head of Education. John ensures any scientific content in the play is both correct and appropriate.
 


Ali Taylor - Writer
Ali Taylor - Writer

Ali's play for theatre include A Little Neck (Goat and Monkey, Hampton Court Palace), Overspill (Soho Theatre and winner of Metamorphosis08 at Churchill Theatre Bromley), Cotton Wool (Theatre503) and Porcelain (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Workers Writes Festival). Ali was a delegate at Interplay Europe 2002, an international festival for young playwrights in Hungary and a tutor at Interplay Europe 2004 in Athens.


Dale Bancroft - Science Communication Volunteers, Royal Holloway, London
Dale Bancroft - Science Communication Volunteers, Royal Holloway, London

Dale Bancroft is a student studying Biochemistry with Science Communication at Royal Holloway, University of London. When not lost in obscure science websites, Dale enjoys swimming, watching bad movies, and generally always keeping occupied.


Ben Storey - Science Communication Volunteer, Royal Holloway, London
Ben Storey - Science Communication Volunteer, Royal Holloway, London
Ben Storey is a student reading Physics with Science Communication at Royal Holloway, University of London. When not having to contemplate the origins of the universe, Ben can be found trying to scrape the pennies together to explore a small part of it.