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Does Science Lie? A Science Comedy-Mystery Show, “Science Night Live: LiAr”

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26/08/2017
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Does Science Lie? A Science Comedy-Mystery Show, “Science Night Live: LiAr”

 

 

The August show of “Science Night Live” (SNL), a series of science shows for adults hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT, Minister You Young Min) and organized by the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC, President Tai Hyun Park), was held at Hanyang Repertory Theater in Daehak-ro, Seoul, on August 26 (Sat.).

 

Having begun in 2014, this annual performance series was in its fourth run this year. In a new twist, SNL was designed as a traditional play for 2017, and the first show was successfully held in July. ※ Science Night Live: Between Night and Science,

held at the end of 2016, was a club-style omnibus stage performance that combined basic scientific theories with various social and cultural phenomena. This year’s series was a science comedy-mystery show planned and performed by stage actors and science communicators, consisting of active researchers discovered through KOFAC. The subtitle of the show, “LiAr,” is a combination of the chemical symbols for lithium (Li) and argon (Ar) from the periodic table that alludes to the synopsis of the play, in which the characters lie and are lied to.

 

Performed in Daehak-ro, an area known for small-scale stage performances, the science comedy-mystery “Science Night Live: LiAr” took the form of a play infused with scientific information as a means of communicating such information to the audience. The show organically integrated scientific culture and knowledge to help audience members cast aside any prejudices they may have had against scientists. In the show, the performers conducted experiments to help audience members gain a better understanding of scientific theories and used the structure of a closed theater space to introduce the scientific principles we encounter in aspects of our everyday lives in a relatable way.

 

In addition, the play was followed by a musical performance of songs with lyrics written by scientific researchers. All in all, the performance was a fun and exciting way to promote greater understanding of science among the public. Minister You Young Min of the MSIT remarked, “There have been a few plays about science, but this is the first one where active researchers have participated in the entire process.” He added, “Starting with Science Night Live, which will be performed on a regular basis until the end of November, we will continuously provide new opportunities for the general public to enjoy scientific culture.”

 

A total of nine performances of “Science Night Live: LiAr” were held in 2017, and tickets for the third and fourth performances, held on August 26, were available for KRW 5,000 on Ticket Monster (http://www.ticketmonster.co.kr/deal/616761758/17010000?coupon_srl=0#content_start).

 

[Photo 1] On July 22 (Saturday), actors performed a showing of “Science Night Live: LiAr,” a science show for adults.

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