Echoes Minerva Scientifica

Illustration by Amy Whiten

What is Echoes?

Echoes is a multi-disciplinary production which celebrates the histories of the UK’s forgotten female scientists, through the medium of song, music, performance and spoken word.

The show features collaborations between professional musicians, including Scottish composer and singer Frances M Lynch, alongside performers, community musicians and school children from the surrounding areas.

Every performance is different; the performers collaborate with people from the community of each tour location, drawing inspiration from the nature and history of the unique local environment to use in the show.

Audiences can expect to see theatrical and musical performances telling the stories of the unsung female heroes of British science. The show is both hugely entertaining and educational, and aims to inspire younger audience members to get involved in science and the arts.

Echoes has been created by the award-winning music-theatre company electric voice theatre and has been touring across Scotland, encompassing areas such as the Isle of Coll, Strathpeffer, Stirling and Greenock and is currently expanding into the south of England.

Who is Echoes for?

The show is for audiences of all ages, and families are very welcome. The production has been created to be as inclusive as possible so don’t worry if you’re not sure of the difference between an electron and a proton – this won’t stop you enjoying the show!

We aim to make each show  fully British Sign Language interpreted, with integrated audio description and touch tours available for visually impaired audience members. Please check venue details.

How is every show different?

Echoes wants to inspire local communities to get involved in science and the arts. In advance of the show, the performers will work with members of the community to find meaningful connections with music and science, unique to each area. These connections will then form part of the performance, with contributions from the local collaborators, making each show distinctive to the audience.

The first performance took place in The Engine Shed in Stirling in September 2018, the first music-theatre production ever performed in this venue. The performers and musicians worked with local scientists and school pupils to discover the story of The Engine Shed (Historic Environment Scotland) to weave this story into the production.

Where can I see Echoes?

We have been touring all over Scotland and hope to return soon – meanwhile further south you will find us at the Stroud Green Festival, London, on June 13th 2019 – more dates coming soon.