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Downstage and Conditional Productions Presents COLLAPSING CREATION and Darwin Lecture Series

DARWIN IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR 150TH ANNIVERSARY- Celebrating the publication ‘On the Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin.

In the beginning there was the word and the word was God until Darwin; then the world went ape!

150 years ago Darwin came up with the Theory of Evolution. This year Downstage in association with Conditional Productions presents Collapsing Creation by Arthur Meek, commissioned by the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution as part of worldwide celebrations marking the publication of Darwin's masterpiece: On the Origin of Species.

Darwin visited NZ on the Beagle in 1835

THE PRODUCTION: Collapsing Creation

Collapsing Creation follows the development of Darwin's theory of evolution, and the dramatic aftermath of its publication. ‘On the Origin of Species' confronts the rigid scientific orthodoxy of his time, challenges religion including the profound faith of his wife Emma and ultimately evolves into ideas beyond his imagination or control.

The phrase ‘Survival of the Fittest' was not coined by Charles Darwin.
THE AUTHOR: Arthur Meek.

Short listed for the 2009 Bruce Mason Playwriting award, Collapsing Creation represents a bold new direction into dramatic work for writer, Arthur Meek, who is better known for his comedic talents. In 2008, he won the Chapman Tripp Award for Best Male Newcomer for his performance in the Downstage production of On the Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me as Her Young Lover. He was also nominated for a Billy T award this year as part of The Lonesome Buckwhips.
Only 45% of Americans believe in Darwin's Evolution Theory - CBS News Poll

THE COMPANY: Downstage Theatre

This November, the theatre turns 45 and to celebrate patrons and supporters have been encouraged to share their ‘best and worst' Downstage stories. These will be displayed throughout the theatre and on our website during the month of November. To mark the occasion, there is a special gala performance of Collapsing Creation on the 20th, organized by the Downstage Theatre Society.

FREE LECTURE SERIES: Each Saturday during season

Learn what New Zealand's experts think on a range of subjects relating to Darwin and evolution. Guest speakers include experts from Te Papa, GNS and the Allan Wilson Centre. A document with the full lecture/ debate schedule follows.
Dates: 5-28 NOV

Times: 6:30pm Tue-Wed and 8pm Thu-Sat.

Prices: $25 to $45. Meet the Artists: Tue 10 NOV

Matinee: Sat 21 NOV - 2pm

Downstage Theatre Society 45th Birthday event: Fri 20 NOV

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (04) 801 6946 or in person at Downstage's box office. For up-to-date information visit Downstage is proudly sponsored by BNZ.

Darwin Lecture Series

Downstage and The Royal Society are proud to present a free lecture series alongside Collapsing Creation
Darwin's Inspirational Voyage

Dr. Hamish Campbell, Te Papa and GNS Science Geologist

Saturday 7th November, 6:00pm:
Sexual Selection in Evolution

Dr. Alan Dixson, Professorial Research Fellow, Victoria University

Saturday 14th November, 6:00pm:
Evolution in New Zealand

Dr. Steve Trewick, Senior Lecturer, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Saturday 21st November, 6:00pm:
Panel Discussion: The Evolution of a Theory

Dr. Charles Daugherty -Director, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology & Evolution

Paul Morris -Victoria University Religious Studies Professor
Bernard Beckett -Science writer and schoolteacher
Chaired by Hilary Beaton, Downstage Director
Saturday 28th November, 6:00pm


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