'Darwin & FitzRoy' - Progress Theatre Reading, 8th to 13th September 2014

When: 8 -13 September 2014

Where: Progress Theatre, Reading

What: 'Darwin & FitzRoy' by Juliet Aykroyd. 

'Darwin & FitzRoy' was commissioned by Lord Julian Hunt, then Chief Executive of the Met Office. It charts the often stormy relationship between Captain (later Vice-Admiral) Robert FitzRoy, Commander of the Beagle, and his gentleman companion on the Beagle's five-year voyage around the world, Charles Darwin. FitzRoy was a keen meteorologist before this branch of science was officially recognised, and went on to head the first governmental meteorological office, the forerunner of today's Met Office. He arguably did more than anybody to bring meteorology to the fore as a scientific discipline, coined the term weather forecast and indeed issued the very first weather forecast (which was accurate!). 

WAM structured a series of talks and events around the week-long run of the play. There were talks on FitzRoy himself, on life at sea in the 19th Century, the role of old ships' logs in modern climate research, a recital of music about seafaring, and a talk about science and faith. The playwright took part in a fascinating question and answer session about the play, and there was an exhibition of weather-inspired art in the theatre foyer by artist Julia Rogers and photographer Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields

Our partners were Progress Theatre, an extraordinary community theatre company based in Reading. Click here to go to their webpage of the event.

You can view the programme of the event here

WAM also produced a newsletter exclusively dedicated to this event, with contributions by Peter Moore, Malcolm Walker, Progress Theatre Chair Steph Weller, and others. Download it here.