We are developing an extensive art and science public engagement programme to accompany the performances of Loaded. It includes a programme of workshops, live-streamed Q&As with physicist, Dr.Vijay Tymms (Imperial College, London and scientific advisor on Loaded), artist talks at the Trauma Patient Public Involvement Group, National Institute for Health Research, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, digital resource packs for KS3, KS4, and KS5 science and arts students and curtain-raiser performances by young people.
Thus far, we have worked with KS3 science students at OAT Forge Academy as part of British Science Week (March 2017) and KS5 performing arts students at Sudbury Academy (July 2017).
The production developed as part of the BA Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre curriculum at Royal Central which pioneers new approaches to actor-training and theatre-making. Working for the first time on a dance-theatre show, graduates from the BA Hons in Acting CDT and BA Hons in Theatre Practice programmes collaborate with established, award-winning artists, Neil Bettles, Vicki Manderson and Colin Grenfell.
The project is supported by Artist residencies at Ormiston Academy Trust (Jan-Oct 2017), The Place Theatre, London (Sept 2017) and The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham (Oct 2017) and includes four performances at The Old Rep from 5-6 October 2017. Loaded will tour nationally in Autumn 2018, beginning at The Place Theatre.
Loaded is an arts-science, interdisciplinary collaboration between theatre companies out of Inc and Scribbled Thought Theatre, with The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham and Ormiston Academies Trust. The show is commissioned by The Place Theatre, London as part of Choreodrome 2017 and is additionally funded by Arts Council England, Unity Theatre Trust, Ernest Cook Fund and the British Science Association.