By transporting audiences to the Age of Reason, one of the greatest eras of scientific and philosophical discovery, The Enlightenment Café demonstrates the transient nature of scientific truth and our understanding of the world.
The transit of Venus is upon us, the rarest of all predictable astronomical phenomena. This exceptional astronomical event has caused a defect in the fabric of spacetime, a rip that allows us to travel back to 1882, the last time Venus crossed the surface of the sun.
Step into a world of aesthetes, geeks, bon-viveurs and enquiring minds. Attend ward rounds at the Royal Bethlem Hospital, experiment with the inebriating alchemy of gin distillation, learn how the Bunsen Burner changed our view of the galaxy, dabble in revivification and purchase poison that could help "elevate" your social situation.
Sometimes it is in looking back that we understand just how far we have come.
Antony Antunes, Victoria Jane Appleton, Liza Callinicos, Angus Dunican, Cleo Felstead, Marie Fortune, Luisa Guerreiro, Lewis Hart, Emma MacLennan & Arron Millard.
Quentin Cooper, BBC Radio 4′s The Material World
Claire Benson, Fire and Explosions Scientist
Stuart Clark, Author and Astronomer
Kathryn Harkup, Chemist, Vampirologist and Poison Scientist
Tim McInerny, Psychiatrist
Alex Bellos, Author and Mathematician
Andy Holding, Molecular Biologist
Helen Keen, Comedian and Space Enthusiast
Paolo Viscardi, Natural History Curator and Mermaid Anatomist
Writer/Director: Barra Collins
Set & Costume Design: Sean Turner
Music: Perhaps Contraption & Les Moineaux de Paris
Images: Tristan Appleby
Video: Brain Grant
Producer: Andy Franzkowiak