The Enlightenment Cafe is LAStheatre’s body of work that collaborated directly with academic and cultural institutions to create dynamic, participatory events with public engagement at the heart. In 2014, we won the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s Engage Award for Best STEM Project with Deadinburgh.
Deadinburgh introduced the audience to the worlds of epidemiology and biomedical science through a night of immersive theatre. In a theatrical world, with actors playing the infected hordes and besieged soldiers, the audience met genuine scientists using real science to solve a fictitious disease. In the end the audience had to decide whether to destroy the city, cull the infected, or search for a cure; the fate of the city was in their hands. Through the outbreak of a zombie epidemic, Deadinburgh asked ‘what does it really mean to be human’ whilst offering parallels with real-life science and procedures for managing disease outbreaks.
You can find out more about our work here: http://www.enlightenmentcafe.co.uk/
Other awards we have received:
Ingenious Award – Royal Academy of Engineering
Best Experiential Event – Scottish Event Awards
The Chairmans Award – Scottish Event Awards
A video message plays. A voice pierces through the static: “Time is running out.”
Join ZΩΗ’s Agents of Change, hear stories of real people inspiring change on the front line of the climate emergency, and work alongside experts to help halt humanity’s extinction. All in a synapse snapping night of theatre at London’s first eco-conscious nightclub.
Speculation about human destiny has infused culture through myth and cosmology since ancient times. Prophetic tales told of what the future holds, of apocalypse and resurrection, often conveying moral messages for the here and now. ZΩH taps into that age-old drive to ponder the possibilities of what lies ahead and reminds us that the future is not preordained but subject to human actions and choices.
The show utilises the UN’s Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Independent Futures Forum’s World Game providing audiences with a glimpse into the lives of climate witnesses in 2019 and 2050.
Welcome to ZΩH.
“While there’s plenty of talk, at the moment, about bridging the gap between arts and science, this is a show that actually does it; and provides a good, exhausting, thought-provoking night out, into the bargain.” **** Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman (Deadinburgh)
This R&D is made possible by support from Arts Council England, LAStheatre, My Green Pod and Studio 338.
You can read a more in-depth version of this breakdown here – http://www.enlightenmentcafe.co.uk/2019/10/18/zoi/
The first half of the show focuses on real stories from people living at the front line of climate change.
The second half of the show centres around the audience working with scientists/experts to generate ideas for how they can inspire change in their communities. The structure of this part of the show is built around the International Future Forum’s World Game. Together with the audience, a real-world problem is chosen that we will work to generate ideas to overcome: perhaps end hunger in our communities; or biodiversity-loss in the UK.
The audience are split into 12 groups: Water, Worldview, Governance, Habitat, Wellbeing, Biosphere, Energy, Wealth, Food, Trade, Community or Climate.
The groups must problem solve from the point of view of their team – for example what role does Water play in ending hunger in our communities? Each team identifies a problem that is stopping them from achieving the collective goal and then comes up with a solution for overcoming that problem. The problems and solutions are shared with the entire audience. Then the groups begin to interact as they try to find common ground for collaboration – creating more holistic solutions to the problem at hand. This all takes place against the backdrop of a clock counting down from 30 minutes. And a pumping electronic soundtrack.
The actors will chair the reporting of information. The expert’s job is to stimulate and chair discussion within their group.
The current draft of the briefing documents for each group can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZNvy_iiI_xCWxZaP9fmhNd6gVbojNv4E?usp=sharing
More information about the world game can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15FkoZD0jajgxksCfFIXP2EdlLpmZyPiV?usp=sharing
You can the tickets page for a public performance, see our team and how we are presenting the show to the public here: https://www.ticketsignite.com/event/2010/z–
The time commitment is flexible to your schedule but we would love to have you for at least 1 performance on the 13th and/or 14th November and have some other opportunities for you to meet us and our cast to go through the structure of the performances.
This would be ideal:
Wednesday 13 November, 3pm – 5.30pm (Studio 338 North Greenwich) – dress run
Wednesday 13 November, 6pm onwards (Studio 338) – performance
Thursday 14 November, 2.30pm – 4.30pm (Studio 338) – performance
Thursday 14 November, 7pm – 9pm (Studio 338) – performance
Deadline: November 13, 2019
Date: November 13, 2019