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February 2020 – January 2023

#ParasiteStreetScience

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:
https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/wcip/engage/publicengagement/artstheatre/parasitestreetscience

Photos of the show at Surge Festival can be found here (photo credit Ingrid Mur):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/surgescotland/albums/72157719690263183

 

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.

 

COMMUNITY STREET THEATRE TOUR

January 2020 – September 2022

See our Community Street Theatre Tour in action.

CST Photo Gallery

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.

 

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.

You can read about this project here: Forres Local & Press & Journal

 

 

 

 

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.

 

©DeekMitchell

We were delighted to welcome students from Fife College and Edinburgh College to take part in street theatre workshops and perform at Surge Festival/ Merchant City Festival in July 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

In August 2022 we visited Arran and brought CST to the local community in partnership with Arran Theatre and Arts Trust, performing in the grounds of the spectacular NTS Brodick Castle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the final part of our street theatre project we delivered workshops in Kirkcaldy, Fife as part of Fife Pride and the participants performed as part of the celebrations in the town centre. 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the Trustees of The Foyle Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and The Garfield Weston Foundation that made this possible and thank you to all our partners that hosted us, participants and trainee directors that took part and communities that made us feel so welcome.  Watch this space for more Community Street Theatre next year…

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk https://garfieldweston.org

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