Researchers from Newcastle University have collaborated with Cap-a-Pie, a theatre company based in the North East, to create three short theatrical pieces which will be performed at Northern Stage on 26 May 2016.
An array of topics will be explored which will focus on research that is currently being conducted by academics at Newcastle University. These include the migratory behaviour of birds and humans, how individuals curate and edit their lives for future generations, and the work that scientists are pursuing designed to protect the human body from bad bacteria once antibiotics have removed traces of good bacteria.
Paula Salgado, a lecturer and researcher at Newcastle University, is currently conducting research on Clostridium difficile, a bacteria that can affect the bowels. Salgado said, “I am interested in doing performing research because it sounds like an exciting way to explore different ways of looking at this bacteria.”
A discussion is set to take place following the performance that will give members of the audience an opportunity to discuss the show with members of Cap-a-Pie and Newcastle University academics.
Brad McCormick, an artistic director at Cap-a-Pie, said, “This is a brilliant opportunity to come and find out what goes on inside Newcastle University. The researchers we are working with on this programme are all exploring the latest thinking and ideas in their various fields and they are really excited about bringing their work to a wider audience.”
Newcastle University have been working with Cap-a-Pie since 2012 to combine research and theatre that is designed to branch out to new audiences and encourage wider participation. The theatre company is currently working with Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice and the Engagement Team. Cap-a-Pie also work with schools and communities where they engage with people from a diversity of backgrounds. They also work with a range of groups including older people, school pupils, immigrant communities, foster children, unemployed youths, homeless adults, young people with Autism spectrum disorder and children and families.
The performance will commence at 7pm and it is expected to last one hour. Tickets cost £5 and are available to purchase online or from Northern Stage box office. The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and funding from Newcastle University.