• Question: is science related to drama?

    Asked by kirahchar on 22 Jun 2018.
    • Photo: Eóghan Forde

      Eóghan Forde answered on 22 Jun 2018:


      Hello Kirachar,

      Quite often at my school, we were asked to come to the front of the class and talk without hesitating or deviating from a given topic. Our classmates would then put their hands up if they had any further questions following our talk. This would test our knowledge at the start of a lesson and has been useful in my journey as a scientist as we have to be able to confidently talk about our research in front of large groups of people. This is can be a lot like acting in your drama classes – as both require confidence and the ability to remember your lines!

      Example: a student is given a pot plant and asked to talk without hesitation and deviation for one minute on the subject of photosynthesis.

      I hope this helps!

    • Photo: Donna MacCallum

      Donna MacCallum answered on 22 Jun 2018:


      A bit… it helps to be able to get the confidence to stand up and talk at conferences! Drama also helps with speaking about your research results with lots of different people

    • Photo: Laura Hemming

      Laura Hemming answered on 24 Jun 2018:


      I definitely think so! If I were to win the money from this competition, I would like to create and conduct a short play which aims to communicate the findings of my interviews with prisoners. I think historically, there has been lots of friction between science and the arts, but I think we are now making progress in bridging this gap. I took both Psychology and Drama A-Levels and I also think that there are lots of other transferrable skills. For instance drama requires you to be observant and communicate well both written and orally – and Psychological sciences require these exact same skills.

    • Photo: Ashley Akbari

      Ashley Akbari answered on 24 Jun 2018:


      As some others have mentioned – in order to speak about your research and findings, and encourage others to learn or take part confidence from drama and other subjects really do help

    • Photo: Claire Donald

      Claire Donald answered on 25 Jun 2018:


      Absolutely! There is always a lot of drama in the lab! I once did a workshop on good presentation skills and it was a lot like a drama class. You need to be able to breathe properly, project your voice, be clear and make yourself understood. Also adding a bit of drama can get your point across with more umph!

    • Photo: Lauren Burns

      Lauren Burns answered on 26 Jun 2018:


      There have been some great answers and I agree, science and drama are definitely related. I think there is a lot more of a fine-line between science and art, art is often used in therapy to make people feel better, there is also a Research as Art competition at our university where we have to take a photo that represents our research. So it definitely is not as black-and-white as people think.

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