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Footprints in the Sky 

Synopsis

 

General Notes

The production is a series of short comic acts linked to form a cohesive narrative,  with each piece referring to a particular area of the curriculum.

The essential message is, that it is important to  ask good questions, before you look for answers. 

The use of comedy  engages the audience so that they don’t realise that this is an attempt at education!

Magic is used because before the advent of science people believed magic to be the major causative factor in the world. Science demystified the world by providing rational explanations for magic.

 

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 Act 1   Introduction 

The character, William B Curious (Will B Curious for short), introduces himself  and establishes the nature of the show - This is a lot of fun and there will be lots to join in with!

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The narrative is driven by a large ‘Book of Questions’ that directs the character to experiment and enquire. Written in rhyme it begins by raising questions related to basic science. There is also a ‘Curiosity Box’ from which objects appear. The theme of the performance is a simple rhyme derived from the first part of the curriculum - Ideas and Evidence. 

Finding answers is easy, you don’t need to try - Just ask a good question: How, What, When or Why?

 

The narrative is driven by a large ‘Book of Questions’ that directs the character to experiment and enquire. Written in rhyme it begins by raising questions related to basic science. There is also a ‘Curiosity Box’ from which objects appear. The theme of the performance is a simple rhyme derived from the first part of the curriculum - Ideas and Evidence. 

Finding answers is easy, you don’t need to try - Just ask a good question: How, What, When or Why?

 Act 2   Forces

A slapstick piece investigating the nature of different forces and their effects on objects. So how does a walking stick  stand up unaided then fly through the air and whack our hapless hero on the bottom just when he bends over to pick up something that fell down due to the force of gravity?

 Act 3   Sound

A honking cushion, a tempestuous trumpet, and a crazy kazoo, conspire against Will to demonstrate some of the properties of sound: It has a source and travels through a medium and it gets quieter as you move away from the source.

 Act 4  Air and Gravity

The Book of Questions now presents a riddle about air leading to a section in which experimentation brings an understanding of the buoyancy and density of the atmosphere. This develops into a colourful and balletic  piece ending with a spectacular magic trick that leads into properties of rainbows, then carries us into the next section on investigative skills

Act 5 Investigative Skills

An amusing optical illusion demonstrates that although you use your senses to observe, they can deceive you, thus demonstrating the need for objective measurements. 

 Act 6   The water Cycle

This section begins with an amusing but apposite look at the reason for the need of living things to have a constant intake (and output) of water. This is followed by a magic trick in which water poured into a hat disappears, leading to the question of where water comes from, where it goes, and where it might have been!

Act 7 Application of what has been learned

Our hero now uses some of the information he has recently acquired about how gravity can be balanced with the buoyancy of the atmosphere to enable him to perform an entertaining trick. (In which he manages to walk with a large feather balanced on his nose).  

Act 8 Finale

 

The finale in which the purpose of the show is revealed (to understand that science is about understanding the world) and the audience is encouraged to develop curiosity and ask questions.

Follow-up Work

Teachers are supplied with a pack with classroom activities and experiments, with suggestions for how the show might be linked to topics in the science curriculum, demonstrating that asking good questions is a prerequisite to learning.

It is planned that in the future there may also be workshops linked to the show, and it is usually possible to have a discussion with a small group after the show/ 

To view the follow up work click here

 Follow up Work

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N.B. This work is continuously evolving and there may be variations, additions, or exclusions from the above which is intended only as a guide.

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