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Welcome to Theatre of Science

Science communication by Lara Stafford


Upcoming Events

Photons and Phantoms

Join Theatre of Science in June 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.


A Midsummer Night’s Mischief

The fairies are starting a fight – but which side are you on? Hoglets Theatre presents an interactive, fun and larger-than-life production, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



Photons and Phantoms: A York Tour

Email lara@theatreofscience.co.uk with your preferred date and time to book tickets.

Event Information

Where does light go after hitting the Minster windows? What stops the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall roof from falling down? 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

  • Audience: Open to the public

  • Admission: Free admission, booking required
Upcoming Dates
Friday 7th June 2019 Friday 14th June 2019
10.00am to 11.30am 10.00am to 11.30am
1.00pm to 2.30pm
1.00pm to 2.30pm

Saturday 8th June 2019

Saturday 15th June 2019
10.00am to 11.30am 10.00am to 11.30am
1.00pm to 2.30pm 1.00pm to 2.30pm

Sunday 9th June 2019

Sunday 16th June 2019
10.00am to 11.30am 10.00am to 11.30am
1.00pm to 2.30pm
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.