Royal Holloway Science Festival
The Silence of the Bees: A Science Opera
In an exciting and ambitious collaboration between the worlds of art and science, Royal Holloway presents the world première of a new one-act opera by composer Kelvin Thomson, based on the work of scientist and bee expert Dr Mark Brown.
What happens when a scientist wants to tell the world about a crisis but the world isn’t interested? And when even science may not have all the answers? Others may hold the truth: how can the science facts be separated from the science fiction? Mixing verbatim material with poetry by Jo Shapcott and Liz Bahs, this brand new opera, addressing a little-understood crisis, is daring, thrilling and funny.
Mark Brown is a leading figure in current research into the dangerous decline in bee populations in Britain, and has been instrumental in re-introducing species to this country.
Performed by a professional cast and musicians, The Silence of the Bees promises to be innovative, accessible and thought-provoking, providing a new way of communicating science and challenging our ideas of what science, art and opera really are.
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Running time: one hour, followed by a Q&A with members of the creative team.
Tickets £10/£5 (concessions) and can be booked online
FREE to Royal Holloway students
Tickets also available in person from the Windsor Building Information Desk from Wed 14 - Sat 16 March (4-6pm) and on Sun 17 March (12-4pm). Free tickets for Royal Holloway students are available in person from 12-4pm on Sunday 17 March only (identification required)
This project is supported by Royal Holloway’s Alumni Fund|.