Emma Darwin

Emma Darwin’s Helpful Suggestions for Surviving Life with a Scientist

What is it like to live with a scientist?

Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist, had a family. In this one woman presentation, Emma dishes up tales of rumpus rooms and worm research, family illness and dodging visitors, all governed by the scientific process. Her tips reveal the culture of 19th Century England as well as the nature of scientific inquiry, and strategies for civil interactions across differences.

The 30 minute script is constructed from primary documents, Darwin family correspondence, and images from Darwin archives. Each performance includes 10-20 minutes of activities immediately applying the content and answering questions. Suitable for ages 9 through 109 in museum, classroom, conference settings.

Directed by Cynthia White


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