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Institute for Cultural Practices

Theatre of Debate

'Hungry' by Sarah Daniels poster
'Hungry' by Sarah Daniels was performed at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama on 1 November 2014 as part of Manchester Science Festival

Researcher: Dr Simon Parry (Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Institute for Cultural Practices).

Collaborating Institutions: The University of Manchester, Centre for Educational Research, University of Derby, Isinglass Consultancy.

Project summary

Theatre of Debate is a 5 year (2011-2016) programme run by Y Touring Theatre Company which aims to stimulate debate amongst young people about ethical issues raised by scientific research using a combination of theatre and digital media. ICP is part of an interdisciplinary team researching the impact of the programme on young people, schools and teachers.

ICP's research on this project is connected to Dr Simon Parry's broader work on the role of theatre and performance in mediating public engagement with contemporary science which was initiated in the Creative Encounters programme and documented in a book published by the Wellcome Trust.