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Science communication by Lara Stafford

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Our Shows

Recent shows

It's been a fantastic year for Theatre of Science with puppet shows, tours and plays entertaining school children, families and adults alike. Get in touch to book one of our existing productions or to discuss ideas for a future project.


Cinderella the Physicist

Your sister’s a nightmare, you’re not allowed to go to the Royal ball, and your fairy godmother is busy elsewhere? Maybe a textbook can help…

Science and sorcery collide as Cinderella and her dog Buttons attempt to make their own happy ending; they'll need imagination, bravery, and to learn lots of physics very fast.
Live experiments meet music, comedy and puppetry in Theatre of Science’s pantomime with a difference. Cinderella WILL go to the ball, but she’ll need a lot of volunteers...

This interactive show is designed for children aged 3+ and their families, though younger siblings are very welcome!
Tickets are FREE at York and Northallerton due to funding from the Institute of Physics. Standbys subject to availability on the door.

Upcoming Dates
Date TimeLocationPrice
Saturday 7th December 201910.00am to 11.00amSelby LibraryTBCEnquire with venue
Saturday 7th December 20191.00pm to 2.00pmTang Hall Explore LibraryFreeBook online at Eventbrite
Saturday 7th December 20192.30pm to 3.30pmTang Hall Explore LibraryFreeBook online at Eventbrite
Sunday 8th December 20191.00pm to 2.00pmYork Explore Library and ArchiveFreeBook online at Eventbrite
Sunday 8th December 20192.30pm to 3.30pmYork Explore Library and ArchiveFreeBook online at Eventbrite
Saturday 14th December 201910.30am to 11.30amNorthallerton LibraryFreeEnquire with venue


Recent reviews

“I really enjoyed this – thought of a science tour wasn’t my cup of tea but I was dead wrong. Learnt loads and you made it fun, even for a miserable old bloke!”
“I learned loads! Excellent tour, great facts, brilliant guide! More please!”
“Good energy, lots of interesting facts and history about science, and lovely tour – Thank you!”
“Liked everything about it! Brilliant! The combination of science, history and entertainment was great. Also seeing new places in York. Thank you so much!”
“Kept the children engaged, loved the use of props! Will definitely attend more of your events! Thank you.”
“Absolutely brilliant – really loved it! Great mix of science and history of York, delivered in a humorous way.”
“The tour leader was really friendly. The tour was super informative – I learned loads! Thank you!”

Past Shows

Photons & Phantoms

Photons and Phantoms took place during the Festival of Ideas 2019. We went to a haunted church to see how light tricks us into seeing ghosts, used some Bettys macarons to study rainbows, and took a trip to where Guy Fawkes was baptised to watch gunpowder in action! Get in touch to book a private tour. And look out for the Science Tour of York 2020!


A Midsummer Night’s Mischief

Lara joins Hoglets Theatre for an interactive, fun and larger-than-life production, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Wild characters, raucous singalong songs, puppets, stunts, and some critically acclaimed disco dancing could be appearing at a school near you. Get in touch for further details!


Operation Space Search

Theatre of Science and children's theatre company Hoglets are on an adventure to find a new planet! Using drama, astronomy, science experiments and a lot of imagination, we journey beyond the solar system in this workshop to explore where humans might live next. An interactive guide to exoplanets, with a positive environmental message. Suitable for earthlings aged 5 - 14.


Journey to the Moon

This puppet show took place at Deershed Festival 2019, guiding children and adults through the events leading up to the moon landings. From Chinese legends to flying dogs, monkeys and the dark side of the moon, there's a colourful character and a new space ship at every turn!


About Me

Lara Stafford left Manchester University in 2003. “Manchester’s great for physics isn’t it Miss?” say her A-level science students. “Yes”, she replies. They do not need to know she studied Drama the first time round. Eventually a love of physics and a desire to have a job led her to a Science degree and she trained as a teacher. Now with first class honours in both theatre and science and a wasted youth spent working in The York Dungeon, she delivers projects intended to inspire young people towards careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Our Friends

Hoglets Theatre

Hoglets Theatre Company run drama and storytelling classes that bring storytime to life – taking drama performance skills and applying them to the telling of tales. They also produce original theatre shows for babies, toddlers and their parents or carers.

Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is the professional body promoting physics in the UK and Ireland. They aim to inspire people to develop their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of physics.

York Festival of Ideas

The Festival of Ideas was created to enhance York’s reputation as a city of ideas and innovation through offering the highest calibre of public events to local, regional and visitor audiences.