Pantomime Science

Published: 29 June 2015

Science and pantomime: two disparate worlds? Oh no, they’re not!

Science and pantomime: two disparate worlds?  Oh no, they’re not! 

This summer, the worlds of panto and science will collide for 'Panto Science: The Periodic Fable', an exciting new theatre production which will bring together University of Glasgow researchers with actors, writers and comedians for a truly collaborative project.

The show, which is produced by Fair Pley in collaboration with Glasgow Science Festival, will take science to new audiences with a full run at The Assembly Rooms during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.          

As the story unfolds, audiences will discover the little-known science dimension of Panto Land, through live experiments, songs and audience participation.

Dr Zara Gladman, Public Engagement Co-ordinator at Glasgow Science Festival said: “Despite our best efforts, science is still perceived by many children – and girls in particular - as too boring or difficult to learn. ‘Panto Science’ will challenge stereotypes by presenting science in a fun, accessible and engaging way.

By involving real scientists in the production, we hope to draw ideas from real-life research and also identify role models for the next generation of young scientists, especially women.

We’d like to thank everybody who has contributed to our crowdfunder so far. By supporting Panto Science, you’re helping us share our passion for science – and panto – with thousands of people, at the biggest arts festival in the world.”

University of Glasgow scientists are playing an active role in the development of ‘Panto Science’, maintaining the scientific integrity of the show and helping shape its content.

Dr Deborah McNeill, marine biologist and Head of the University of Glasgow’s Public Engagement Group in STEMM (Science Technology Engineering Maths & Medicine) said: “This is the first time I’ve heard of pantomime being used as a way of engaging the public with science. It’s an opportunity for scientists to share what they do in a truly unique way.

I’m looking forward to working closely with the production team in the coming weeks to develop plot lines derived from my research. I’m very excited to see the end result at The Fringe festival.” 

From Schrodinger’s Puss in Boots to Jack and the GM Beanstalk and a Genie made of genes, it’s sure to be a show like no other.

Panto Science can be found online at

For more information contact Dr Zara Gladman, and 07783 43 21 20. Photos are available upon request.

First published: 29 June 2015

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