Proposal To introduce and screen a film of a live performance of Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges(60 min) Y Touring‘s 2013 Theatre of Debate production which engages its audiences in debate exploring novel neurotechnologies/crime and neuro justice - followed by a Q&A This proposal will share an example of science communication for social inclusion and political engagement that uses new technologies/practices to empower scientists and the public by offering them opportunities to explore their beliefs, values and increase their scientific literacy by engaging with an artistic exploration of emerging neurotechnologies and the issues they could pose for science and society Background Y Touring theatre company (25 years old in 2014) is a professional theatre company that works with leading scientists and theatre artists to create and produce Theatre of Debate programmes, to engage young people aged 14 plus and adults in informed debate about social ethical and political questions posed by advances in scientific research. A theatre of debate programme consists of a live performance of a play to engage the audience, followed by a debate using electronic voting (to map what each audience knows, thinks and feels about the theme explored) and access to the Y Touring Resource cloud to deepen the audience‘s learning and understanding. Y Cinema In 2011,Y touring started filming live performances of our productions and screening them in cinemas. Each screening is supported by a live facilitated conversation with a scientist/s. In the future the films will be available for streaming. Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges by Ben Musgrave was developed in partnership with the British Neuroscience Association and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and supported by the Wellcome Trust. About Stunted Trees Beginning in the year 2017, the story revolves around a young man Emerson, who experiences volatile episodes after the death of his mother. He is expelled from school after a violent outburst and then seriously assaults a rival when provoked. Facing trial and becoming increasingly concerned about his inability to control his behaviour, Emerson reluctantly agrees to undergo a brain scan. This scan will determine if he has a brain abnormality and can therefore plead diminished responsibility in court. The outcome of the scan will govern his future,but how reliable is this new technology, and what are the consequences of using it in this way?

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Theatre of debate on the big screen

Nigel Townsend   Y Touring Theatre Company, United Kingdom

Proposal To introduce and screen a film of a live performance of Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges(60 min) Y Touring‘s 2013 Theatre of Debate production which engages its audiences in debate exploring novel neurotechnologies/crime and neuro justice - followed by a Q&A This proposal will share an example of science communication for social inclusion and political engagement that uses new technologies/practices to empower scientists and the public by offering them opportunities to explore their beliefs, values and increase their scientific literacy by engaging with an artistic exploration of emerging neurotechnologies and the issues they could pose for science and society Background Y Touring theatre company (25 years old in 2014) is a professional theatre company that works with leading scientists and theatre artists to create and produce Theatre of Debate programmes, to engage young people aged 14 plus and adults in informed debate about social ethical and political questions posed by advances in scientific research. A theatre of debate programme consists of a live performance of a play to engage the audience, followed by a debate using electronic voting (to map what each audience knows, thinks and feels about the theme explored) and access to the Y Touring Resource cloud to deepen the audience‘s learning and understanding. Y Cinema In 2011,Y touring started filming live performances of our productions and screening them in cinemas. Each screening is supported by a live facilitated conversation with a scientist/s. In the future the films will be available for streaming. Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges by Ben Musgrave was developed in partnership with the British Neuroscience Association and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and supported by the Wellcome Trust. About Stunted Trees Beginning in the year 2017, the story revolves around a young man Emerson, who experiences volatile episodes after the death of his mother. He is expelled from school after a violent outburst and then seriously assaults a rival when provoked. Facing trial and becoming increasingly concerned about his inability to control his behaviour, Emerson reluctantly agrees to undergo a brain scan. This scan will determine if he has a brain abnormality and can therefore plead diminished responsibility in court. The outcome of the scan will govern his future,but how reliable is this new technology, and what are the consequences of using it in this way?

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