The Poets Guide to Science - a Sceptic Think Tank

Published by: Phil Dooley | 25-Feb-2019
A thought-provoking and hilarious play about today's scientific dilemmas, featuring cameos from real scientists. Playing at the Canberra Enlighten Festival, the play tackles the serious issues of global warming, vaccination and genetic modification, in a light hearted and fun way. #enlightencanberra #canberra
Venue: Japan Theatre, Questacon
Address: King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Date: 6 March 2019, 7 March 2019, 8 March 2019
Time: 6.30 pm
Ticket: $17 adult $13 concession
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Call: 466261529
Cy (Patrick Davies Trumper) is facing a major crisis in his life. He's thinking twice about genetic modification, immunisation and that old chestnut, how crazy the weather is these days. Who can he turn to? His family doctor (Phil Dooley)? His local poet? He visits both but remains sceptical, and draws them into a quest to resolve the questions they can't (or won't) answer.

On their journey, they run headlong into scientific controversies of many kinds and encounter real live scientists working in areas such as vaccines, climate science or genetic modification. These encounters cast light on age-old questions of facts and data, truths and untruths, and the difference between uncertainty and doubt. They also engage with poets past and present and have an audience Q & A as they try to make sense of it all.

Written and directed by Michele Conyngham, the play sold out in Science Week and is headed to Adelaide Fringe.

"A highly entertaining night of science musical theatre. Mixes silliness with serious food for thought in carefully calibrated measures."

Dr Subho Banerjee, former Science Policy Deputy Secretary, Australian Government

"A great play that addresses contemporary issues in society"

Professor Graham Durant, Director of Questacon, Canberra.

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