Tuesday 4th Feb, 5:00 pm
In a multi-media presentation, that includes several excepts from a number of recent performances, the role of music and theatre is explored in how it can illicit key emotional responses in its target audience.
Music, in particular, has a key role to play in anchoring memories and engaging an audience in ways that no other art form can. Utilising music and theatre is consequently an extremely powerful tool in science communication.
Through Heaps Good Productions, Michael Mills has developed a significant body of work in communicating scientific concepts and inspiring audiences to engage in science. This presentation will explore the role and kinds of performance, and how they can be used, as a part of science communication and citizen science programmes. It will include work Michael has been involved with in a range of scientific and cultural institutions, as well as recent work he’s been engaged with as part of his new role as an Adjunct Research Associate at the Barbara Hardy Institute.
With performances by several of Michael’s most successful characters, including singing palaeontologist Professor Flint, this presentation will provide both a theoretical base for its central thesis, and a memorable theatrical experience for conference delegates. And as with all good theatre, will leave the audience wanting for more!