Science savvy thespians take their research to the stage

Erinn Fagan-Jeffries
Jenna Crowe-Riddell

Above: Jenna Crowe-Riddell
Top: Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

Two science savvy thespians will bring their research to life on stage during National Science Week.

Grants have been awarded to PhD candidates Erinn Fagan-Jeffries and Jenna Crowe-Riddell, to articulate their research through performing arts at National Science Week’s ‘Perform Your Science’ showcase.

‘Perform your Science’ is an opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers to tell their science research stories through live performance of comedy, dance, music, theatre, puppetry or circus.

The project will culminate in a series of live performances suitable for a general community audience to be held during 2018 National Science Week which is August 11-19.

The 'Perform Your Science' showcase will include:

The very hungry parasitoid wasp

The metamorphosis of a butterfly gets a magical touch with this performance from Erinn Fagan-Jeffries. Expect the unexpected as you uncover the mysteries of parasitoid wasps. Erinn is working with magician Rob Ellinger and dancer Bridgett Cains on this project.

A snake tail: how sea snakes evolved light-sensitive skin

Jenna Crowe-Riddell's performance will examine the unusual ability of snake’s to sense light through their skin. Expect a bit of stand-up comedy, a touch of physical theatre and outrageous fashion.

Tagged in Research, School of Biological Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, Biological Science, Environmental Science

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