February 2020 – July 2021
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):
This project is being 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)).
January 2020 – October 2021
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 the next 2 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.
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 costumes have been made by Scotland-based costume designer Annie Hiner and we are looking forward to seeing the new pieces being performed in the Spring.
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.
We are excited to continue the tour in 2021…more info to follow.