Just finished the first draft of the script for Jonny’s Big Little Show. It’s been a joy, but also one I’ve learned a lot from already. So many of those tropes about writing any are all true. Here are a few of my thoughts so far.
I do lots of science communication things; busking science out of my pockets, facilitating hands-on workshops and delivering demo-based shows. As time has gone by, I’ve picked up and developed performance skills from many quarters. Some of those have been science theatre professionals, such as David Hall; Others may have come from production backgrounds, like Lindsay Keith and Jonathan Sanderson. There have been storytellers like Jules Pottle and Duncan Yellowlees; specialist teachers like Sarah Bearchell and Paul McCrory as well as magicians like Matt Pritchard. The list of people who have influenced how I present science is vast. How do I measure the impact made on my performances by people like science busker David Price, poet Sam Illingworth, rapper Jon Chase, or comedian Steve Cross? Basically, if we’ve worked together or I’ve watched you teach, train or perform, you’ve influenced me!
Look, we all know I need very little excuse to dress up so when I got asked to busk science at the switching on of the festive lights in Sutton High Street. The fab team at Successful Sutton merely asked if I would perform as an Oompa Loompa and I didn’t hesitate. Continue reading “A Proper Wonka”