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New ‘science opera’ tells the story of bee decline

New ‘science opera’ tells the story of bee decline - 11 March 2013. Cornstock Thinkstock

A new 'science opera' based on the work of a bee expert at Royal Holloway University of London will debut later this month.

The Silence of the Bees: A Science Opera is a one act performance from professional opera and musical theatre performers mixing verbatim material with poetry and a fantasy TV debate about the dangerous decline of bee populations in Britain.

Making its debut at the Windsor Auditorium at Royal Holloway University of London, the performance tells the story of a researcher attempting to get to the bottom of mystery and struggling to raise awareness of a crisis.

The work is based on the research of the university's Dr Mark Brown, a bee expert and principal investigator on the Insect Pollinators Initiative, joint funded by BBSRC Defra, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Scottish Government and the Wellcome Trust.

It is managed under the auspices of the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) partnership.

Written by Royal Holloway University of London PhD student Kelvin Thomson, the production is intended to convey the work of scientists to the public in a new and entertaining way.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with members of the creative team.

Tickets are £10/£5 (concessions) and can be booked online at http://onlinestore.rhul.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=396&modid=1&compid=1

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