The Lady Scientist Stitch and Bit*h is back! This time it’s at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh for Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace is widely held to be the first computer programmer – you can read more about her here. Here’s how the Royal Observatory describe tomorrow’s performance on their website:
Lady scientists have made valid scientific discoveries, but they also come together to knit and sew. Here’s a collection of stories: human, hilarious, and horrible that show what it’s like being a woman scientist at different times in history.
It starts on 14th October at 6.30pm and it’s free but ticketed. To book a space please email email@example.com. This event is for adults only.
Who is who?
We all took a scientist, researched them and wrote a monologue in character. The scientists and writers are
- Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (Melissa Hugel)
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie (Caroline von Schmalensee)
- Florence Nightingale (Jess Johannesson Gaitán)
- Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (Rachel McCrum)
- Mary Somerville (Dr Mhairi Stewart)
And I’ve written a spoken word piece as Emma Darwin, wife of Charles Darwin. Ada is being played tomorrow by Rebecca Douglas and the mad scientist behind the operation, that is the lady with the time machine who’s been stopping off at various points throughout history to collect us all – was written by Ariadne Cass-Maran and is being played tomorrow by Kaite Welsh.
This Illicit Ink event began at last year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival. It sold out. I wrote about it here. Then we were asked to perform at Heriot Watt University for Woman in Engineering Day last month. I’m excited to be back on stage with my fellow lady scientists on a day that celebrates the achievements of women throughout history.
Men are totally welcome to come to this event too!
Image Credit: Douglas McBride