February 2020 – January 2023
Surge has developed a brand new street theatre show – Parasite Street Science – with Professor Annette MacLeod’s research group at the Wellcome Centre at the University of Glasgow which was presented at Surge Festival in Glasgow in July 2021. Prof. MacLeod’s area of research is African Sleeping Sickness and we have been working on ways of improving communication and public engagement skills of scientists through the art of street theatre.
As part of the project, Paige Webber – a microbiology undergraduate at the University of Glasgow – has developed a series of short films that support the collaboration:
Photos of the show at Surge Festival can be found here (photo credit Ingrid Mur):
We made a 360˚ video of the show, below!
After the project, Paige also produced a film that includes photos and footage from the show itself and interviews with the scientists and performers, below.
This pilot project was funded by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund via a grant from the MVLS Engagement with Research Fund and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology and the Microbiology Society, and delivered in partnership with Surge, Prof Annette MacLeod, Dr Walt Adamson (IBAHCM), Dr Nicola Veitch (SLS) and Dr Vickie Curtis (WCIP)).
Annette MacLeod’s group has been awarded funding by Wellcome-ScotPEN to take their successful Parasite Street Science project (https://tinyurl.com/ParasiteStreetScience) to Malawi in 2022. The team will be collaborating with the University of Glasgow School of Life Sciences, Surge, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, Malawi VOICES and a giant anthropomorphic tsetse fly. Together, we’ll be working in areas affected by sleeping sickness and using street theatre as a route to engaging the public with our research. We can’t wait to get started on what is sure to be an exciting and worthwhile project.
January 2020 – September 2022
Surge is delighted to announce that we have been awarded grants from The Foyle Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Hugh Fraser Foundation to deliver our Community Street Theatre Project in Scotland over 3 years. We’d like to thank the Trustees for their support of our project.
Surge was delighted to work with New College Lanarkshire students from the BA Acting course in February 2020 to develop brand new acts for our Community Street Theatre project. One of these acts – The Turtles – has started to tour with the project, heading to the streets of Glasgow and Greenock.
The students learning to devise their street theatre project.
See our Community Street Theatre Tour in action
In September 2020 Surge worked with Kayos Theatre Company as part of Galoshans Festival to devise 2 new street theatre pieces from scratch: The Concreatures and The TV Heads. The costumes have been made by Scotland-based costume designer Annie Hiner.
In October 2020 Surge took the Community Street Theatre project to Moray, in partnership with Findhorn Bay Arts. We delivered a series of socially distanced workshops during the week and then supported participants to share their acts with the local community in Forres and Findhorn.
In July 2021 the participants from Findhorn Bay Arts came to Surge Festival/ Merchant City Festival in Glasgow and performed The Turtles and Kayos Youth Theatre performed their Concreatures and TV Heads acts. It was fantastic to see them out in the streets with their act.
We had a busy month in July 2021, we travelled to Inverness and Alness and worked with a group of young people in partnership with Eden Court Theatre through their Cashback for Communities Programme. They had a great time performing Fish Fandango and The Turtles out in the streets. We are hoping to return to the Highlands this summer with more street theatre! You can read about this project here: Ross-shire Journal
In October 2021 Kayos Youth Theatre performed The Turtles and The Concreatures acts as part of Galoshans Festival 2021 in Greenock, finally getting out on the streets in their hometown a year late due to the Covid-19 crisis. Absolutely joyous to see them in action.
We are delighted to continue the tour this year and are bringing the tour to Fife in June 2022 as part of Fife Pride. For more information please see: Fife Pride
We are taking the tour to Arran in partnership with Arran Theatre and Arts Trust in August 2022, more information soon!