A backpack. All the show of #esxciencia fits in a backpack. We flew from Málaga to Belfast, and from there we would go to Liverpool.
We had previously made some contacts with people from the performing arts in Belfast and a school in Liverpool.
Our first concern was the flight. We didn’t know if they would let us fly with un umbrella. You may think it would be easier to buy a new one at the destination, but it is not that easy. Our special umbrella has galaxies printed on it and plays an important role in our show. It’s hard to find. We have brought it expressly from Croatia. It’s nothing in there…
Our first performance in Belfast was in a circus school, where we felt at home. The attending audience was motley and linked to the performing arts.
I must admit that we were really worried about how an audience so different to a spanish public would receive us. How many times have we not heard about “english humour”? But it only took David coming on the scene to hear their laughter and the show began to flow.
This gave us a lot of energy for the next “gig”. In two days we would visit a center with students with special educative needs and ages between 14 and 17 years old.
When at the end of the performance a teacher comes to tell you that it’s the first time that those teens stay seated and attentive for more than 10 minutes, you feel an indescribable rush. And #esxciencia lasts 40 minutes!!!
When we arrived at Liverpool the thermometer had plummeted. A cold front was sweeping the area and the first cold symptoms came to say hello. One thing was clear, even if we would end up with our noses full of snot, we wouldn’t cancel our show.
Streatham Schools is a place with a very particular phylosophy of education. This center has very few pupils and very limited classes where both young and older children share some activities.
It was a pleasure stepping onto the stage and see the snow falling through the windows while we were disseminating science.
All the school assited to our performance and everyone made questions. In fact, we were answering questions more than an hour, listening to the explanations of Irene. She loves give explanations based on science. Finally, our noses were soaked just as we were. Our noses were full of snot, and we were full of laughter and science.
It was time to get back to Spain.
Caudete and Almansa were waiting for us.