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Science communication by Lara Stafford

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Upcoming Events

Photons and Phantoms

Join Theatre of Science this summer for a science tour that promises to change the way you see York! Witness an experiment or two, and discover the wonder hidden in the places we pass every day.


Deershed Festival

Lara is taking Theatre of Science on the road, bringing science storytelling sessions to Deer Shed Festival's 10th anniversary celebration. The family-friendly event featuring music, arts and science takes place between 26th–28th July.


Photons and Phantoms: A York Tour

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Event Information

Where does light go after hitting the Minster windows? What’s the truth behind the Vikings’ ‘magic stones’? Join actor and physics teacher Lara Stafford on a science tour that promises to change the way you see York! Witness an experiment or two, and discover the wonder hidden in the places we pass every day.

  • Location: Meet at Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate

  • Individual price: £3 (Under 5's free)

  • Group price: £10 (Four people)
Upcoming Dates

Saturday 15th June 2019

10.00am to 11.30am (Festival of Ideas 2019)
1.00pm to 2.30pm (Festival of Ideas 2019)

Sunday 16th June 2019

10.00am to 11.30am (Festival of Ideas 2019)
1.00pm to 2.30pm (Festival of Ideas 2019)

Saturday 6th July 2019

1.00pm to 2.30pm

Sunday 7th July 2019

10.00am to 11.30am
1.00pm to 2.30pm




About Me

Lara Stafford left Manchester University in 2003. “Ooh, Manchester’s great for physics isn’t it Miss?” say her A-level science students. “Yes”, she replies. They do not need to know she studied Drama the first time round. Eventually a love of physics and a desire to have a job led her to a Science degree and she trained as a teacher. Now with first class honours in both theatre and science and a wasted youth spent working in The York Dungeon, she delivers projects intended to inspire young people towards careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Our Friends

Hoglets Theatre

Hoglets Theatre Company run drama and storytelling classes that bring storytime to life – taking drama performance skills and applying them to the telling of tales. They also produce original theatre shows for babies, toddlers and their parents or carers.

York Festival of Ideas

The Festival of Ideas was created to enhance York’s reputation as a city of ideas and innovation through offering the highest calibre of public events to local, regional and visitor audiences.