The Lonsdale Project is a new theatre show about the life and work of Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) – chemist, crystallographer, anti-war campaigner, writer, mother, and former inmate of Holloway Prison.
Despite being a pioneering Irish scientist and activist, Kathleen Lonsdale’s name and legacy are curiously unknown by the general public. Super Paua aims to change that! By harnessing an interdisciplinary team of artists, educators and scientists, they have created an engaging piece of theatre about X-ray diffraction, Benzene, pacifism, crystals, and sticking to your guns.
Premiering to schools audiences in the town of Kathleen Lonsdale’s birth, The Lonsdale Project is a ground-breaking play that challenges our relationship with science, with belief, and with the ‘Great Thinkers’ who have shaped our world.
In addition to the performance, Super Paua are presenting an interactive exhibition (4th-14th March) which expands on the the world of Kathleen Lonsdale and introduces modern scientists who are carrying on her work. Tours available on request.
Schools performances suitable for
Secondary Schools – Junior Cycle and TY
Primary Schools – 5th and 6th class
Written and Directed by Sian Ní Mhuirí
Designed by Áine O’Hara
Exhibition and Engagement Content by Mark Ball
Cast: Hazel Clifford, Graeme Coughlan and Aoife Spratt.
Produced by Mitzi D’Alton, Super Paua, and Riverbank Arts Centre
With support from Science Foundation Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, The Royal Institution, SciFest, and TU Dublin.