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Gaiety School of Acting presents IMPROV LAB

Sunday 14th November, 2021 - 13:00

“A scientist and a comedian walk into a lab…” isn’t the start of a joke but the premise behind the “Improv Lab” where a scientist, Dr Shane Bergin, and a comedian, Sharon Mannion, solve problems, answer questions and work as a team to solve scientific conundrums in front of a live audience.

The questions and conundrums they must solve have been designed by young adults from diverse backgrounds and focus on the role of science to solve the big questions and challenges we face as individuals and as a society The “Improv Lab” will be a fun, chaotic and joyful exploration of science and its potential to solve questions both big and small!

Shane is a physicist and a lecturer in science education at the School of Education, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Shane and his research group are interested in informal teaching and learning in physics (and science more broadly). This research is/has been supported by grants from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Marie Curie Actions, and the Irish Research Council. Shane’s interest in informal learning sees him contribute to regular radio slots on Today with Sean O’Rourke (RTE) & Futureproof (Newstalk).

Sharon works as an actor/comedian and writer. TV credits include ‘Moone Boy’ (Sky 1), ‘Prosperity’, ‘The Clinic’, ‘Republic of Telly’, ‘Zig and Zag’s Super Bloopers’ and ‘Hubble’ (RTE) as well as ‘Ros Na Run’ (TG4). As a stand-up she is a regular at clubs all over the country and beyond; Ha’penny Inn (also as MC) International, Bankers, Laughter Lounge (Dublin, Galway, Waterford), The Stand (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jongleurs (London) the list goes on. She came third in the UK & Ireland Funny Women Competition, and won the inaugural Ted Fest Best Stand Up Competition in 2007.

Online Booking is not possible for this event – please contact our Box Office Team directly on 045 448327 or email to check availability.  Please note, due to Covid safety and social distancing requirements, audience capacity for this event is strictly limited. 


Sunday 14th November, 2021
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Riverbank Arts Centre Auditorium
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12-16 years


Riverbank Arts Centre
Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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045 448327
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