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TWO PLAYS: "Darwin's Bulldog bites Soapy Sam" & "Mrs Darwin Entertains".

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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".


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

The Central London Humanist Group are also promoting this meeting

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  • Christian

    2 excellent plays. Clever and entertaining script and very well acted. Thanks for going to so much effort - it really was appreciated. Well done to all involved.

    2 · February 27, 2014

  • Derek L.

    I am biased because I was part of the event. But it seemed to go very well indeed, and we received very good feedback on the night.

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • John Charles M.

    Is there a ticketing/contribution arrangement?

    February 25, 2014

    • Richard U.

      Hi John. There are no tickets - just turn up. And while there is no formal charge, we will be appealing for donations as usual.

      February 25, 2014

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