We had a challenge, two “gigs” in one single morning.
The first one at 10 a.m. and the next one at 12 p.m. A crazy thing that turned out well for a reason, Jerez was the operation centre of the Project, and we had the materials, trips and transport on hand. It gave us the confidence needed to keep to the timelines.
On this occasion we were hosted in CEIP La Marquesa (Jerez de la Frontera) by its headmaster Daniel, who made our work easier all the way.
Although we had performed our show for the first time the day before, this second time was like a new debut for us due to the age of the audience. We had proceeded from an IES to a CEIP.
Andalusian public is a demanding one because they are surrounded by fun and jokes everywhere, but it also appears that they have a great disposition to have fun and discover new things.
As soon as we came on stage, the laughter started and it didn’t stop until the 40th minute.
This helped us to be really connected to our audience through all the show and it allowed us some improvisations that really pleased the public. However, we are never satisfied just with the playful part of #esxciencia, we also want to make sure we have managed to transmit the informative part.
Two events, two sessions, two shows, two moments of laughs and applause, but also two moments of questions, issues and statements about science. This is what we like the most, though we can’t deny we love being clowns, scientific clowns.
We had finalized the second day of our tour so it was time to prepare our suitcases because the next day we flew from Málaga to Belfast. Two new spaces were waiting for us, and for sure, a very different spectators.
Thanks a lot and a lot of Science.
After so many workshops, so many rehearsal times, tests and mistakes, after we had analised all the collected information, the release day of our show had finally come.
The sports centre of IES Paterna de la Rivera would be our first stage.
We arrived very early because of the nerves and responsability of our debut in public. Nothing should fail.
We organized the space and prepared all the ingredients #esciencia has. There are more tan 70 elements we have to manage during the 40 minutes of
performance. Nowadays we already have all under control so we can have it all ready in one hour, but being the first day it took us nearly two hours.
We were very excited to start in Paterna. Our connection in the previous workshop with the teachers team was really good, and that gave us confidence. We were wishing to receive their feedback and see the results.
Music went on and curtains were opened. #esxciencia had reached Paterna. We feel the next 40 minutes like they were 4 minutes. It couldn’t had been better and as we had expected, except for one thing. During all our rehearsals we couldn’t make the “balloon trick” work but this time it was perfect. In science as wel as in life, we have to try, try and try again.
150 students of IES Paterna applaused enthusiastically. Then it was time to analise what they had seen. Where was the science in our show? And yes. The audience were reviewing in detail all the science we had been playing with. They had been understood all this crazy train trip in which our show is based. We had got it. Subtly, barely with words, a lot of mimics, playing in clown style, teaching and laughing, we succeed in revealing our science.
We were absolutely satisfied and as the end of a perfect moment, the members of the professorate approached to us and congratulated us for the work well done.
What else could we ask for our debut?
We think we couldn’t ask for better. Next day we had two new performances addressed to elementary students. Would they understand what we had come to show?
Thanks a lot and lot of science.