The Enlightenment Café

While there’s plenty of talk, at the moment, about bridging the gap between arts and science, this is a show that actually does it; and provides a good, exhausting, thought-provoking night out, into the bargain.
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
Since 2012, we have been delivering science/art collaborations with, or commissioned by, some of the UK’s most prestigious academic and cultural institutions. For these productions, we work under the name ‘The Enlightenment Café’.

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ZΩH (Studio 338, 2019) introduced audiences to real stories of people living on the front line of the climate emergency, and provided an opportunity to work alongside real scientists to generate ideas for change in their communities.  All this, in a synapse snapping night of theatre at London’s first eco-conscious nightclub. Collaborators included: Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, Cardiff University; The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent; BugLife; University College London; Greenspace Information for Greater London; Francis Crick Institute; Greenpeace; Alternity; Protiviti; and National Park City Foundation.

ZΩH utilised the UN’s Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Independent Futures Forum’s World Game to provide audiences with a glimpse into the lives of climate witnesses in 2019 and 2050.

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Deadinburgh (Summerhall, 2013) explored what it meant to be human by placing the audience at the centre of an epidemic. Collaborators included: Edinburgh University; Heriot-Watt University; Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology; and The Roslin Institute.

The show was a sell-out and won multiple awards including Best Experiential Event at the Scottish Event Awards and Best STEM Project at the NCCPE’s Engage Awards. Joyce McMillan (Scotsman) gave the production four stars saying: “The show achieves something special in so effectively patrolling the boundary between straightforward horror-movie excitement, and the powerful ethical and strategic questions raised.”

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New Atlantis

New Atlantis (The Crystal, 2015) transported the audience to a world suffering the worst effects of climate change. Collaborators included: UCL; Rutherford Appleton Laboratories; and The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

Mary Halton (Exeunt) wrote: “I have two personal criteria for pieces of performance; I want them to challenge me, and/or I want them to change me…New Atlantis challenged my politics and it changed, well, two days later I applied for my MSc.

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