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The Man Who Discovered That Women Lay Eggs

Experience the epic and comic story of the myths and science of our own creation. Using a combination of puppets, mask and live action Full Beam Visual Theatre tell a tale of birth, sex and death that is guaranteed to intrigue.

Presented by Full Beam Visual Theatre
Written by Adam Fuller & Directed by Lizzie Philps
Developed in association with Bristol Old Vic & supported by SCIART and Somerfield

A cast of midwives, grave robbers, anatomists, priests, drapers, philosophers, scientists and the occasional angry mob, tells the story of human reproduction, through a tale of birth, sex, death and intrigue.

Using life-size puppets, masks and live action, the play premieres in London at the Dana Centre - the Science Museum’s adults-only annex devoted to contemporary science - on Thursday 29 September 2005.

Telling the epic and comic story of the science and myths of our own creation, The Man Who Discovered That Women Lay Eggs relates the story of the discovery of the human egg by Karl von Baer in 1827.

Presented by Full Beam Visual Theatre, the play reveals the hidden story of how science unravelled the myth of humanity’s own origins. Combining science, personal histories and fantastical situations The Man Who Discovered That Women Lay Eggs is a bawdy, enthralling and eye-opening experience.

Following the performance, director Lizzie Philps will be joined by panellists to discuss the science and art behind the play. The Man Who Discovered That Women Lay Eggs is one of a series of events at the Dana Centre exploring childbirth and pregnancy.

The Man Who Discovered That Women Lay Eggs· Date: Thursday 29 September, 18.30-21.00 (Doors open at 17.00 for food and drink)· Venue: The Science Museum’s Dana Centre, 165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HE· Nearest tube: Gloucester Road. · Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked on: 020 7942 4040 or tickets@danacentre.org.uk· www.danacentre.org.uk· The Dana Centre is for over 18s only

Lizzie Philps, Director, The Man who Discovered that Women Lay Eggs said: “The play looks at the ways in which the shifting balance of power between science and culture has worked to shape our understanding of men and women’s biological and social roles throughout history and how this in turn shapes our current understanding of fertility and reproduction.”

Panellists on the night include Catherine Blackledge author of The Story of V: Opening Pandora's Box and Matthew Cobb author of The Generation of Life: The Seventeenth century scientists who unlocked the secrets of sex and growth

Full Beam Visual Theatre is a Bristol based touring company that specialises in creating performance that combines puppetry and live action. Its last show Alice – Behind the Scenes at the Wonderland Cabaret toured the country in 2003-2004. Full Beam strives to create theatre that is both a visual feast and food for thought. For further information about the company please look at their website www.fullbeamvisualtheatre.org.uk

Further information, interviews and images are available from Lauren Gildersleve:
Science Museum Press Office, 020 7942 4328; 07989 979864; lauren.gildersleve@nmsi.ac.uk


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Date and Time:

29 September 2005 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Dana Centre
165 Queen's Gate
+44 20 79 42 40 40
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Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked on: 020 7942 4040 or tickets@danacentre.org.uk

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