Alison Woollard takes the CHRISTMAS LECTURES® to the Far East
Alison in the studio. Credit: the Royal Institution
Alison Woollard travelled East this Summer to entertain youngsters with her 'Life Fantastic' lectures.
With support from A*STAR and the Singapore Science Centre, Alison and staff from the Royal Institution brought the story of 'the greatest show on earth' live to Singapore.
Armed with a script that condensed the original three lectures into a single 90-minute lecture, and with most of the props safely dispatched to Singapore, the group spent the first few days preparing for the show. An eclectic mix of animals, sourced by the Singapore Science Centre, replaced the menagerie of animals that starred in the UK lectures.
The impressively big set at MediaCorp. Credit: the Royal Institution
Alison gave the 'Star Lecture 2014' live to three different audiences in the studios of the Singapore's MediaCorp TV, a much bigger venue than the Royal Institution. Whilst the production team resembled the one she had worked with in the UK, she noted some distinctive cultural differences when interacting with the audience.
'We played 'Chinese Whispers' which is called 'Broken Telephone' there, but it was a failure,' she says with amusement. 'The students were really diligent and listened so carefully that they got the message completely right. It was as if their life depended on it!'
Putting together one of the many interactives. Credit: the Royal Institution
In subsequent shows, she made the message much more complicated – and managed to make her point as the students failed to repeat it correctly.
Alison combined the shows with two radio interviews on Singapore's English radio station 938Live, where she featured on the show 'Women of Worth', similar to Radio 4's 'Women's Hour'. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH_7VMawXAc)
Her lecture was broadcast on 14 September on Media Corp's Channel 5:
And if you missed the CHRISTMAS LECTURES®, you can watch them again here: