Lights, Camera, Science!

Dates: 14th May to 3rd July 2022
Location: Science Theatre
Duration: 20 minutes
Tickets: Included with admission

Sit back, grab your popcorn and get comfy. We’re heading back to the blockbuster year of 2002! Who hid behind their fingers during Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones? Who flew into a magical world with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? And who went on a daring adventure with…Scooby Doo – well perhaps that one was more guilty pleasure than blockbuster!

In 2022 we’re celebrating 20 years of wow moments at the Science Centre. Take a trip down memory lane with us and enjoy some of our best show themes and demos from the past 20 years – all with a retro 2002 twist. Next stop - light.

One of our favourite uses of light in the 21st century has got to be in cinema. Did you know that the release of Star Wars in 2002 sparked a technological transformation in cinema? Instead of traditional film, movies were now being made digitally.

Digital film paved the way for things like CGI – Computer Generated Imagery – to grow massively too. CGI allowed the impossible to become possible. Harry Potter’s magic came to life. Anakin Skywalker really looked like he was in space. And Scooby Doo’s ghosts had never seemed more real. But what if the movie directors from 2002 had chosen to use practical light effects instead of visual effects? Let’s find out together what this might have looked like.

Lights, camera, science! Let’s explore how light, not CGI, could have been used in some of 2002’s top films. Our Inspirers will use some explosive experiments to recreate famous moments from the movies. There will also be some ‘illuminating’ audience participation along the way.

Discover how the famous Star Wars light sabers can uncover the secrets of the light spectrum. Be wowed by real magic as Harry Potter’s spells explode into life. And be prepared for a spooky encounter with a special light demo that would leave Scooby Doo trembling.

Why not join us on social media? We’ll be sharing lots more fun movie facts from 2002. Did you know that in 2002 the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers became the first movie to win an award for best acting by a CGI character? And there’s also lots of other fun STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) news from around the world. See you there!

Accessibility information for Lights, Camera, Science!

The Science Theatre is accessible so everyone can enjoy all the fun. Sometimes there will be loud noises, but we'll tell you about them before the show starts. If you want to wear ear defenders, you can borrow them from us before the show starts. If you feel nervous in a show, you can stay near the back and leave quickly if you need to.

Sensitive to loud noises? There's a not-so-noisy show just for you at 3.30pm.

***On Saturday, 25th June, a British Sign Language interpreter will be signing during the 11:30am and 2:30pm shows. Talk to our Accessibility team so we can reserve a seat for you near the front.***

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3:30pm (not-so-noisy)

4:30pm (Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June)