13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Creationism and intelligent design are beginning to creep into the UK classroom, particularly in free schools and academies. In this hilarious but thought-provoking play, acclaimed local writers Trevor Wood and Ed Waugh look at what happens when an ambitious young biology teacher takes a job at the successful Christchurch Academy. He has to use creationist materials in his lessons, but that can't do any harm. Can it?
This is new play on a theme relevant to science and science education in the UK that will be of interest to local audiences and science festival visitors alike.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
The northeast of England is at the epicentre of the debate about teaching creationism and intelligent design in state-funded schools. First was the control of the science curriculum at Emmanuel College, an academy in Gateshead, by fundamentalists who did not believe in evolution, and just this summer (2012), education secretary Michael Gove gave the go-ahead for Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland, who say on their website that creationism should be taught as science and that God's creation of the world is 'fact not theory', to be state funded. Thus this play by popular local writers is bound to create local conversation.