Woman(kind)ness, strength and resilience: a celebration of women worldwide (6-10 March 2017)

Dr Ines Varela-Silva
Loughborough University
Patient and Public Involvement


Theatre is a powerful way to engage public with science and, if the protagonists of the play are women, then theatre also contributes to tackling gender inequalities and distorted perceptions about women, science, and technology. This play does exactly that, with humour and wit.

What are the Aims?

The Tangram Theatre Company is a well established company, that has received funding by the Wellcome Trust and other science-dissemination outlets to spread the wonders of science to the public in general. This particular production was written and is performed by John Hinton and Jo Eagle. The trailer of the production can be seen here https://youtu.be/pRZaxWRlrEU (trailer).

Who was/is involved?

 Loughborough University (SSEHS and Athena Swan  Committee), in collaboration with Charnwood Arts, Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, and Living Without Abuse.

What has changed/will change?

Raising awareness for research using art tools to engage the general public is a positive change per se. Loughborough University needs a great deal more of initiatives that brings   communities to events on campus. This production is part of a week full of art initiatives celebrating science, women, and women in science. This coincides with the International women’s day.

What lessons have we learnt?

I have been doing multimedia exhibitions to highlight my research since 2012 very successfully. As the Director of The Maya Project  (a Loughborough University Social Enterprise project) I have been sharing my research in schools, Museums, Teachers’ Associations and Municipalities. This is an extension of what we do at The Maya Project.

Contact details

Ines Varela-Silva, PhD (m.i.o.varela-silva@lboro.ac.uk),

Links to further information and resources

Please see here the whole range of events we are planning. 



Charnwood Arts –Kev Ryan (kevr@charnwoodarts.com)

Athena Swan Committee - Dr Fehmidah Munir (F.Munir@lboro.ac.uk)