Superwomen of Science – Minerva Scientifica (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Superwomen of Science – Minerva Scientifica

Journey through important female scientists to an all-woman soundtrack

Ada Lovelace, Caroline Herschel, Jocelyn Bell-Burnell are women whose contributions to science have been extraordinary, yet whose achievements are vastly overlooked by the scientific world on the whole. This is a common trope, especially in academia, but one that desperately needs shifting.

Superwomen of Science is part Fringe show, part history lesson, providing a glimpse into the lives of British female scientists, through the music of female composers. As part of the Minerva Scientifica project, the show aims to highlight the achievements of female scientists in order to encourage the opening of a dialogue regarding the role of women in science.

The simple one-woman, small-scale production is led by soprano Frances M Lynch, who passionately sings through pieces by Hildegard von Bingen, Handel and a number of modern British composers. Her dulcet tones and expressive characterisation of the scientists is moving but it also forces audiences to question their own assumptions about historical scientific discoveries.

A powerful collaboration between science, music and theatre, Superwomen of Science may be straightforward in its execution, but it's an important show that plays a public service in encouraging further engagement, while educating on the work of female scientists.

Valvona & Crolla, until Aug 28 (not 16, 17 & 23–25), times vary, £10 (£8).

Superwomen of Science – Minerva Scientifica

  • 4 stars

Electric Voice Theatre Ada Lovelace, computing, Caroline Herschel, comets, Mary Sommerville, mathematics, Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, pulsars, Anne McLaren, genetics, Eva Crane, bees. Theatrical virtuosa, Frances M Lynch, sings spectacular stories. Music by Handel, Hildegard, Frances-Hoad, Plowman, Thompson, Whitley, Wimhurst.