Cell Block Science - Stuart


Stuart recently took part in Cell Block Science a program designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in prison learning centres. Cell Block Science is led by the University of St Andrews, with partners including the University of Edinburgh, Strathclyde University, Aberdeen University, Fife College, the Scottish Prison Service, the Children’s University and the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance. The initiative aims to bring learners in contact with active researchers to enhance and complement current teaching in numeracy, literacy and arts subjects that already takes place in prison learning centres. Here, participants were engaged with key aspects underpinning our current understanding of science, and also performed experiments themselves. 

Stuart helped to explain how multicellular organisms are broken down into individual cells, each with a specialised function, and the history behind how these discoveries were made. Afterwards, Stuart helped participants to dissect plant tissue, which was then stained and looked at under a light microscope. The participants then looked at cells from their own cheeks and examined the differences between plant cells and animal cells.

Finally, Stuart presented an overview of his work on MRSA. The participants were particularly keen on learning more about pathogenic bacteria, the problems they pose in society, issues with the overuse of antibiotics, and finally how pathogenic bacteria manage to survive after infecting a human. 

Overall, Stuart was impressed with the desire of the participants to engage in such a new subject, and then use their new knowledge to quickly form articulate questions.


The Original of Stillness

The origin of stillness

Origin of Stillness (facebook)

A theatrical experience sitting on the dike with your feet in the mud.

2015 BUOG wants to make an experience about origin.
A performance where the audience experiences what the silence of the Wadden Sea is, and how our lives are based on her fertility.
A show where the audience comes to the dike, sit at a small table with a glass clean water and a salt-potato, where the audience will see, smell, taste, hear and feel. Where the audience will hear a new composition on headphones , where the audience sees the mud comes to life and produces mankind, where dancers appear, live their life and disappear into the clay again, where complete silence remains.
Where the audience will leave with an experience, and where nothing will be left behind except memories.

The audience is seated at a small table. At the table is a glass of clean water and a local product: salt-potato served. The scenery is already there: muddy fields and a horizon is everything there is. In addition to this, one element will be added to accentuate the space.

The performances are designed that they require no energy. The headphones run on sun-electricity.

BUOG wants to make this piece with the idea that man is aware of the importance off the Wadden Sea, and not only for birds. We want to share the feeling that the Waddensea is the place where life began, where we came from.

BUOG wants to share this experience around the Wadden Sea, between Den Helder and Esbjerg. On islands and coasts of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. 150 man public by performance on the dike, dancers in the clay at low tide. Two performances a day.

BUOG wants to work with composer, choreographer, artist and dancers from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

BUOG is a theatre company in Friesland in the North of the Netherlands. BUOG Means designers and perpetrators of unusual events.
BUOG makes about four special productions on location per year.