Collapsing Creation - play and lecture series
by Arthur Meek
Directed by David O'Donnell
In 1859, Darwin’s theory of evolution shook humanity, confronted science and challenged religion, including the profound faith of his beloved wife Emma.
Arthur Meek’s bold new play Collapsing Creation explores the courage of a visionary who must battle his conscience and soul to change the world - and find the strength to face the fallout.
Starring Peter Hambleton as Charles Darwin and Catherine Downes as his devout wife Emma, Collapsing Creation is a heartfelt and fascinating account of what happens when ideas, faith and reason collide.
Commissioned by the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution as part of worldwide celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Darwin's masterpiece: On the Origin of Species.
Peter Hambleton as Charles Darwin. Photo by Christopher Brougham
Darwin Lecture Series
Downstage and The Royal Society are proud to present a free lecture series alongside Collapsing Creation. The lectures will take place at Downstage each Saturday from 6pm.
Dr. Hamish Campbell, Te Papa and GNS Science Geologist
Saturday 7th November, 6:00pm:
Selection in Evolution
Dr. Alan Dixson, Professorial Research Fellow, Victoria University
Saturday 14th November, 6:00pm:
Evolution in New Zealand
Dr. Steve Trewick, Senior Lecturer, Massey University
Saturday 21st November, 6:00pm:
Discussion: The Evolution of a Theory
Dr. Charles Daugherty –Director, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology & Evolution
Paul Morris –Victoria University Religious Studies Professor
Bernard Beckett –Science writer and schoolteacher
Chaired by Hilary Beaton, Downstage Director
Saturday 28th November, 6:00pm
[Bookings at /www.downstage.co.nz]