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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Intelligent design and popular culture: Actors wanted = Hams and eggheads

Actors wanted for play in Sydney, Austalia: here:

Some of you may know that last year I staged a play at the annual British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, which brought back Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin – who were both born on 12th February 1809 — to reflect on what has taken place since their time. Denyse O’Leary kindly mentioned the play here.

It takes the form of a talk show, with all the show biz that entails. At the end Lincoln and Darwin were asked whether they wished to stay in the present or return to the 19th century. One stays and the other goes – but which does which?

The play’s running time is 80 minutes and it covers a host of issues common to Lincoln and Darwin’s interests, including race, religion, science and politics. It’s got some funny bits, both intentional (especially from Jack) and unintentional (usually from Lincoln and Darwin trying to adjust to today).

Jason Rennie plans to stage this play for Australian radio and needs four actors for the following roles, each of which is quite distinct:

Lincoln and Darwin (as you’d expect them each to be)
Sheila (the bubbly talk show host)
Jack (the smart aleck sidekick)

(In principle, Sheila and Jack could reverse genders but the personality contrast needs to be present.)

If you’re interested, please contact Jason at

I think Steve Fuller's play is great fun, and when it gets produced in Australia, all I can say re hams and eggheads is, "I like mine turned upside Down."

Find out why there is an intelligent design controversy:


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