Theatr na nÓg - You Should Ask Wallace

Theatr na nÓg

Company Name:

Theatr na nÓg

Description of the Company:

Theatr na nÓg sees itself as a vital creative element in Wales, which has universal appeal beyond its borders. Last year the company performed to over 25,000 people. The Company has been providing a first class bilingual theatre experience to audiences of all ages for over 30 years.

Aims in Edinburgh:

To promote the work of Theatr na nÓg to a variety of audiences and to gain bookings for venues such as Botanical Gardens, science museums and festivals.

Key Contact:

Geinor Styles

Contact Details:

In Edinburgh:
Janet Huxtable 07886 705063

In Wales:
Theatr na nÓg 01639 641771

Production Name:

You Should Ask Wallace

Edinburgh Venue:

Venue 13


August 18 - 22

Performance Times:


Production Description:

The play tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 -1913), a Victorian naturalist, who was born in Wales, and who discovered the theory of evolution, and then shared the idea with Charles Darwin... and as they say the rest is history.

This often overlooked Welsh Victorian scientist, who’s curiosity as to why there are so many different varieties of species, was ignited during his formative years in Usk and Neath, and would later find the answer to the ‘mystery of all mysteries’. His great findings would compel Darwin to publish his seminal work on the origin of species. The play takes us through his life as a young boy growing up in Wales to embarking on epic adventures to the Amazon and Malay Archipelago where he discovers the theory of evolution.

Suitable for ages 8+


40 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A

Number in Cast:


Touring availability:

January 2014 onwards

Size of Company on tour:


How the production is transported:

Completely flexible dependent on venue, can be performed outdoors with minimum set or in theatre venue with lx and projection.

Technical Requirements:

Power supply, minimum lx. Minimum 5mx5m

Wrap-around activities/outreach:

Digital Education Resource for KS2 And 3

Key review quotes:

George Beccaloni, Curator of Orthopteroidea at The Natural History Museum described the production as a -
"vividly told and an enthralling story of one of the most interesting and important figures in the history of science."

"Without doubt, this is a show that everyone should see...If it comes to a venue near you, don’t hesitate to buy a ticket; I for one, have had my faith in Welsh theatre restored because of it!" - Barn

"Every once in a while a film, a painting.a song will stop you in your tracks with its sheer brilliance…Theatr na n’Óg serves up the theatrical example." - Western Telegraph

Links to Company website / production footage:

Promotional Trailer :



Twitter link:

Other productions available for touring:

We Need Bees

Bertie Bee is at the bottom of the heap of a busy beehive, spending his day pollinating boring old apples when actually he'd prefer to be free to pollinate wild flowers.

In a moment of rebellion he leaves the hive, only to put the whole colony and his best friend in danger. Now Bertie has to be brave. Will Bertie succeed and save his friends?

Theatr na nÓg's decades of experience in creating the best of children's theatre brings this wonderfully imagined story to life with lovable, spirited characters and a beautiful original score.

The Amazing Adventures of Wallace and Bates

Two Victorian Scientists arrive at your school to prepare for their expedition of discovery to the unexplored Amazon.

In their telling of tales of adventure the children will have an opportunity to venture out on their own expedition to discover something new and wondrous for themselves.

This live and interactive storytelling event will give the children an opportunity to share their experiences with peers and give them a greater understanding of the natural world around them.

Once again Theatr na nÓg will bring you another wonderful story to enchant young audiences and inspire young minds.

In addition to the performance the actors will take the audience on their very own expedition into their own outdoor area to discover something new for themselves.

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