BOLDtext Playwrights are delighted to announce that our new site-specific & science-specific show, Power of Invention, will explore Birmingham’s Lunar Society around the turn of the 18th century, and the ground-breaking scientific advances inspired during their full-moon meetings. Centred on the home of industrialist Matthew Boulton, our audience will meet above-stairs figures such as James Watt, Erasmus Darwin, Anne Boulton and Joseph Priestley, as well as the below-stairs folk who kept the household going, and protected them from the riots. Collaboration between the physicians, engineers, chemists, botanists, geologists, philosophers, poets and entrepreneurs of the Lunar Society, led to the development of many of our modern technologies.
Our shows will take place at Boulton’s home, Soho House in Birmingham, with input from Birmingham Museums and ThinkTank, and funding from Arts Council England and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust. We’ll issue confirmed dates as soon as we can.
Following the success of Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-Up at Birmingham’s central lock-up, we look forward to bringing the Lunar Society and its important scientific discoveries to life in its original space. Watch this space!
STOP PRESS: We are also preparing another of our regular evenings at The REP with staged readings of four new short plays under the heading of Common Wealth, penned by Liz John, Helen Kelly, Vanessa Oakes and Tim Stimpson. Originally scheduled for June, we will let you know when we have a new date.