Science Museum gets theatrical

Published June 12, 2013

The worlds of science and theatre will collide this weekend at a new interactive festival taking place at London’s Science Museum.

Suitable for children aged eight and older, the festival, entitled The Life Game, allows individuals to create and personalise their own paper ‘Pal’ before embarking on a journey through life to discover how medical research can help them lead long and healthy lives.

Produced in collaboration with non zero one, a theatre company renowned for its interactive performances, and supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the theatrical experience will introduce participants to researchers from the MRC, including Martin, the mechanic who knows all about cogs, Dani Champion, who can’t wait to find out how your Pal grew up, Zara Starr, a clever twin who will help you find out about your Pal’s childhood, and Coach Kendra, who wants to keep your Pal active in its old age.

Created to mark the MRC’s centenary, The Life Game is a free event that aims to inspire people using creative approaches to space and technology.

Following the two-day festival, another scientific spectacle, The Energy Show, will receive its world premiere at the Science Museum’s new theatre space from 22 July to 31 August.

Suitable for children aged seven and older, the 75-minute show follows the lives of futuristic science students Annabella and Phil as they race against time to prove their knowledge of energy. 

With bubbles set alight to create fireballs, liquid nitrogen exploding underwater and hydrogen rockets fired into the audience, the duo seek help from a virtual lab assistant and a workshop full of gadgets and chemicals to demonstrate experiments live on stage.

If you’d like to find out more information about The Life Game, The Energy Show or any of the new theatrical offerings taking place at the Science Museum, visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk