Family theatre talks

Spectacular shows for families and young adults, all year round.

  • Christmas Lecturer Saiful Islam explores the energy in food

    Credit: Paul Wilkinson

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Discover a variety of interactive and exciting events in our theatre, specifically for families and young adult audiences.

These talks are brought to life with live experiments and hands-on demonstrations, covering a wide range of topics from the science of fireworks, to the mathematics of winning games, to the power of electricity.

While these talks are designed with a younger audience in mind, all ages are welcome to attend and have their curiosity sparked.

Thursday 19 December

Dr Karl's Christmas Crackers

Join Dr Karl for a festive frolic through the science of christmas

When:

6.00pm to 7.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 12+

Saturday 18 January

Game of Bones

Join Matt Wilkinson for a live evolutionary adventure where you choose your path.

When:

6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 7+

Friday 24 January

Living is a risky business

Jen Rogers delves into the numbers to show you how statistics can help you to make better decisions about risky activities. Sometimes the way we think about risk is distorted, making you think some things are more - or less - risky than is actually the case.

When:

6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 13+

Friday 07 February

Boomerangs, bouncing balls and other spinning things

Hugh Hunt explores the common underlying threads that link all of these interesting phenomena, using a range of exiting and sometimes perplexing demos.

When:

6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 7+

Tuesday 18 February

Build a universe: brick by brick

Ben Still shows how a handful of different building bricks and a few construction rules cooked up the chemical elements essential to life on Earth.

When:

6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 13+

Friday 13 March

Monkman and Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain

Bobby Seagull will be here exploring the exciting scientific stories covered in the new series of their BBC TV programme ‘Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain’.

When:

6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 13+

Thursday 16 April

Bang on! The surprising real science of fireworks (matinee)

Join professional pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh as he lifts the lid on the serious science behind the effects that wow audiences all over the world.

When:

2.00pm to 3.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 7+

Bang on! The surprising real science of fireworks

Join professional pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh as he lifts the lid on the serious science behind the effects that wow audiences all over the world.

When:

6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 7+

Friday 17 April

Bang on! The surprising real science of fireworks (matinee)

Join professional pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh as he lifts the lid on the serious science behind the effects that wow audiences all over the world.

When:

2.00pm to 3.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Schools, Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 7+

Saturday 18 April

For Your Inspiration: A and Me

Explore the world of medicine with this hands-on event for teenagers.

When:

2.00pm to 5.00pm, The Theatre

Type:

Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 13+