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Ext Event GALHA 2 PLAYS"Darwin'­s­ Bulldog bites Soapy Sam""Mrs Darwin Entertains

This event is organised by our friends at GALHA
Here is what the event is:

We will perform two plays especially written by Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, to mark Darwin Day , which is an annual event "Celebrating Darwin, Science and Humanity". DARWIN'S BULLDOG BITES SOAPY SAM.

Imagine you've been invited to a debate, organised by the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Oxford University. The date is June 20th 1860. 700 people are crammed into the room, many of them Anglican clergy. There is tension in the air. There is a huge sense of anticipation. The debate is between the scientist TH Huxley ("Darwin's Bulldog") and the Anglican Bishop of Oxford ("Soapy Sam"). In a hugely and sometimes near-riotous debate, they slug it out arguing about the newly published theories of Charles Darwin in the light of "On the Origin of Species". The debate between science and religion laid bare and for Victorian society nothing will ever be the same again.


On the eve of the great debate, a reporter from The Times interviews Mrs Darwin and is anxious to know what her views really are about religion and the theories of her husband.


Soapy Sam: Terry Sanderson

Darwin's Bulldog: Derek Lennard

Times Reporter: Richard Unwin

Mrs Darwin: Tessa Hatts

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  • stells d.

    Riveting content and well performed. Well done!

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Mary G.

    Unfortunately I can't now attend the event either - I just have too much on at the moment. It's a shame because I really enjoyed last year's play. To all those going- 'Enjoy'!

    February 26, 2014

  • Baptiste B.

    Hi guys,

    I am not feeling well so won't be coming tonight. I know this is going to be a great event. Enjoy the show.

    February 26, 2014

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