Friday, 7 October 2011

Wow Show Extraodinaire!

This week the theatre supported our Science Department by hosting three performances of their specially developed Science Wow Show, especially for local primary school pupils.

Back in 2008, the 'Wow Team' developed this unique show for our Year 7 students to answer questions on why and how things work, using experiments too 'dangerous' for the classroom. Four years and five shows on, we were very excited to welcome almost 300 pupils from Catherine Wayte, Peatmoor, Oakhurst and St Mary's schools combined to come and watch our three special primary performances.

Bradon Forest School also funded the buses to bring the pupils to Purton to watch the hour long performance.

The show was designed and written by two of our science teachers, Mr Lemin and Mrs Chappell, and was 'performed' in our theatre with the technical assistance of our professional theatre staff. As well as 'explosive' experiments that explored how to generate energy using various gases and also icing sugar, volunteers were able to have a go at harnessing that energy using balloon rockets and air kazookas. The audiences were 'wowed' with Mr Lemin's giant air kazooka, before seeing him have a cement block broken in half on him whilst lying on a bed of nails, and then hearing a jelly baby scream!

The 'Wow Team' are now working on another show for the near future... the 'Who' Show. Watch this space!

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