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A brief guide to science-themed drama at the EISF

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is not short of theatre. Here are some EISF shows with a scientific twist, whether it's cloning, zoology or artificial intelligence.

A Number
Directed by Zinnie Harris, Caryl Churchill's play follows the consequences of a man discovering that he's a clone. Confronting his father, Bernard is forced to confront identity, scientific ethics and the lurking presence of his original.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Thu 6–Sat 15 Apr.

Cosmonaut
The race into space during the 1960s unfolds through interweaving tales. Lucia and her brother listen in on the Russian space programme, the rocket designer is written out of Soviet history and the heroic pioneering cosmonaut leaves his home forever.
Summerhall, Mon 3–Wed 5 Apr.

Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery
The famous cryptozoologist presents her latest discovery at Edinburgh Zoo: it doesn't have a name yet, and some people think she just searches for imaginary beasts. With the help of dancing penguins, Lung Ha and Grid Iron hope to explain all.
Edinburgh Zoo, Tue 4–Sun 9 Apr.

Faslane
Jenna Watt takes a personal look at the nuclear submarine base on the Clyde, confronting her family's history of working on a machine that contains a weapon of mass destruction. Moving and intelligent, Faslane questions our complicity in savage global politics.
Summerhall, Mon 10 & Tue 11 Apr.

Lost at Sea
Since its debut at 2016's Science Festival, Catherine Wheels' charming production (for ages eight and up) has toured the world to great acclaim. Through their immersive style, they explore the mysteries of the oceans with a little help from some rubber duckies.
Festival Theatre Studio, Tue 11–Sat 15 Apr.

Uncanny Valley
Ada's best friend is under threat of termination. An artificial intelligence, his only hope is to prove that he's just as human as his flesh and blood pal. Interactive fun from award-winning author Rob Drummond for ages 8–12.
Festival Theatre Studio, Tue 4–Sat 8 Apr.

Faslane

Jenna Watt discovers what happens when the personal and political collide in this multi award-winning show about the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery

Dr Vivien Stirlingshire is a cryptozoologist, travelling the world in search of undiscovered creatures. Here she presents her findings. Ages 5+.

Lost at Sea

Please note: Ticket sales for each performance of this event via the Science Festival Box Office (online, by phone or in person) will stop at 12:00 on the day before the performance. After this time they will only be available from the venue Box Office, please contact them directly with any enquiries. Award winning…

Cosmonaut

Sergei Korolev, the Chief Designer, takes humanity into space but is written out of history. Lucia and her brother eavesdrop on the Soviet launches from their tower block in Turin. The Cosmonaut is the first man in space. He will never return. Cosmonaut weaves together three 'true' stories from the early space race…

Uncanny Valley

Please note: Ticket sales for each performance of this event via the Science Festival Box Office (online, by phone or in person) will stop at 12:00 the day before. After this time they will only be available from the venue Box Office, please contact them directly with any enquiries. In this interactive show, *Uncanny…

A Number

Bernard has spent 35 years believing he’s an only child, one of a kind, until he learns the chilling truth. He’s one of ‘a number’ of clones resulting from a nefarious genetic experiment. When he confronts his father, Salter, questions of identity and morality result in an explosive exchange with dire consequences. A…

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