The Armed Man
Albert Hall Nottingham
A major production with Science on Stage performing live experiments (combustion, photosynthesis and aphid feeding) with associated performance pieces. This was followed by a full performance of ‘The Armed Man’ by Karl Jenkins.
Soap bubbles were made which when ignited shook the building to its foundations as an example of rapid combustion which led to some performance work about the early atmosphere.
We had a look at aphid feeding, which means dealing with sugar poo.
The picture shows man-made photosynthesis being attempted for the very first time, live and on-stage. This involved a lot carbon dioxide in solid form, warm water and light. The idea was to find we had made sugar...our failure was no surprise..but it was spectacular. This led to performances about photon capture which involved a lot of infants with a huge ‘aah’ factor.
This picture opposite, which shows the black and red electrodes dancing with the ‘hanged man’ gives a bit of a feeling for a full house at the Albert Hall under the lights with everyone singing their hearts out.