Photo of the ensemble in Experiment 1: Why?
Experiment 1: Why? | Photo: Citrus Photography

Experiment 1: Why?

Devised and immersive performance explores the connection between science and theatre

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price $16 - $25
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Bringing together science, theatre, and fun, join the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts as it dives into this devised and immersive performance.

Directed by Sarah Bannister as part of her final MFA thesis production and created with the ensemble, Experiment 1: Why? explores the connection between science and theatre. While working towards her undergraduate degree specializing in Theatre Studies and Plant Science, Bannister always wondered if it was possible to combine the two disciplines.

“I wanted to focus more on the fun side of science, the ideas of science,” says Bannister, in a statement. “Reading science plays, I didn’t find anything that worked in the way I wanted. Most science plays I’ve read are really serious, often dealing with universal ideas from physics or are built around the lives of renowned scientists.”

So her creation puts the emphasis on fun as audience members become a part of this scientific experiment by stepping onto the stage, taking a seat in rolling chairs, and participating with the ensemble. Over the course of one hour, they can explore new territory, help solve challenges, and discover new perspectives.

“Humour, fun, and silliness are incredibly important for this show as ‘science’ may make audience members anxious,” continues Bannister. “Relax into it and you’ll see it’s not hard to be excited about science.”

Experiment 1: Why? runs May 23 to 26, 2018 in the Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary (210 University Court NW) and May 30 to June 2, 2018 at the Studio Theatre, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW).

Recommended for ages 10 and up, there are only 25 tickets available for each performance.