Join us for a strictly adults-only evening of science as the sun sets. Expect cocktails, music and hands-on science in The Forum’s Explorium – at last, a chance for you to explore the fun of science, without the kids!
Featuring scientific comedy from Simon Watt, songs in the key of science from Jonny Berliner, edible grubs and insects from BUG (Better Universal Grub), a spot of rap science with Jon Chase, an ‘organ-off’ battle of the organs, the Journey of Food, SuperApe performance, the Ladies of Hacking Society Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Science Association and more…
Written especially for Darwin Day 2019, this poetic performance mixes visuals, music and the spoken word as you are invited to explore humanity’s evolutionary journey from the perspective of humanity – from all the way back the big bang all the way to the eventual extinction of our life on earth. In twenty minutes you’ll be taken on an emotional rollercoaster that covers the big bang, quantum mechanics, the beginnings of life on earth, evolution, biodiversity, climate change, the sixth mass extinction, the rise of technology, space travel, life on Mars, and the eventual demise of humanity in a fiery apocalypse.
The performance is brought to you by Dr Peter Bickerton, Science Communications Manager at the Earlham Institute, who has written and performed poetry for the BBC, as well as internationally as far away as Brazil. You can buy his first poetry collection, ‘Millennial: a decade of dreams, nightmares and perspective’ on Amazon.
Simon Watt: Frogs and Friends
The Ugly Animal Preservation Society’s professor of comedy, Simon Watt (Inside Nature’s Giants, The Infinite Monkey Cage) returns with his new adults-only stand-up lecture. Simon explores why frogs are better than most people he knows and how studying them has changed the world!
Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter. He runs Ready Steady Science, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals.
He runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society which is a comedy night with a conservation twist. It went on to find global fame/notoriety when it teamed up with the National Science and Engineering Competition to host an online campaign resulting in the election of the blobfish as the ugliest animal on the planet.
He is the co-creator and host of the new science panel show podcast, Level Up Human.
His book The Ugly Animals: We Can’t All be Pandas is out now. He has also written dozens of articles for national newspapers and websites including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the Daily Mirrorand the New York Daily News.
He is a regular contributor to TV, radio and web and is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA-winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants, the IFTA-winning Wild Cities and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.
Friday 18 October
Venue: The Forum