How boffins made science fun at Lowestoft theatre

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

For some people, the thought of a science lesson fills them with dread.

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

However one explosive event at Lowestoft's Seagull Theatre set out to prove that science can be fun, entertaining and educational all at the same time.

Karen Read, manager at the Pakefield theatre, said: 'We just wanted to bring some stuff to the theatre that was interactive for the children and would encourage those who might not come to a production.

'We wanted to put on different types of events. This is about as different from being a theatre as you can get and shows it's not just about coming, sitting down and being quiet.'

The youngsters attending the two dazzling displays at the Morton Road venue on Tuesday (August 2) certainly made their voices heard as they clapped and cheered at demonstrations of hot air balloons, experiments and much, much more.

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Martin Prest – better known as 'Boffin Martin', from UK firm Science Boffins – said: 'Young people have such inquisitive minds but they don't always get exposed to the more fun side of science. Science is all around us and there are so many things we take for granted, especially if you've been born recently.

'The goal is if we can inspire one or two more kids to think more generally about science, that's mission achieved - and if everyone else has fun, that's great as well.'

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Next week there will be musical theatre singing and dancing workshops themed on popular Disney classics like the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.

Mrs Read hopes these events will also be interactive and bring different people into the theatre.

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Do you know of any good summer holiday activities and events for young people? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525820 or email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft. Josie Horton with a plasma ball.PHOT

The Science Boffins workshop at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft. Josie Horton with a plasma ball.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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