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Modern Alchemist comes to USW


School children and community members from across the region are set to witness a spectacular display of fireballs, and amazing chemical reactions. The event, hosted by First Campus at the University of South Wales in Treforest, will be presented by Peter Wothers, produced by the Royal Institution and supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The show follows the popular 2012 Christmas Lectures held by the Royal Institution – which was presented by University of Cambridge chemist Dr Peter Wothers.

The series, shown on BBC Four over Christmas, proved so successful that the Royal Institution and Dr Wothers, teamed up with the Royal Society of Chemistry to put on a touring lecture show.

Like the Christmas Lectures, the live show echoes the explosive stunts and sense of spectacle created by medieval alchemists for their royal masters.

But unlike the showmen of the Middle Ages – who never gave away the secrets behind their spectacular stage tricks – Dr Wothers always uses the impressive feats as a way of explaining the scientific principles at work.

First Campus managed to secure a performance at the University of South Wales Treforest campus and will host the show on Tuesday 8thJuly. There will be a daytime performance for schools and then an evening performance open to the public at 6.30pm.

Schools Show 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Many secondary schools across South Wales have been invited to attend. If you think your child’s school would like to come please contact Helen Reardon with details and an invitation will be sent.

Community Show 6.30pm – 7.30pm

To book go to www.rigb.org/whats-on or call the Royal Institution on 020 7409 2992. Tickets are £1 per person plus booking fee (online payment), no tickets will be available on the door. The show is suitable for the family and aimed at secondary school pupils although any age will enjoy the science, spectacle and explosions. Seats are not allocated and rows will be filled up from the front backwards on a first come first served basis and the doors will open 45 minutes before the lecture starts. A photographer will be present at this event.

Useful information

Directions to campus.

Parking is available in the Student Car Park on Llantwit Road, £1 for up to five hours. Staff will be present to show you the route to the Sports Centre and back to the car park. No parking is available on campus.

Please contact the organisers Sophie Jones 07766 360238 and Helen Reardon 07766 360363 to book disabled parking.

Coaches are not permitted on campus. If you need a coach/minibus drop off or parking space please contact the organisers who will be happy to arrange it.

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