The Enlightenment Café

experiments will be performed


Go to New Atlantis, The Crystal (London)

New Atlantis, The Crystal (London)

Go to Institute of Impossibility, Drapers Hall (Coventry)

Institute of Impossibility, Drapers Hall (Coventry)

Go to Deadinburgh, Summerhall (Edinburgh)

Deadinburgh, Summerhall (Edinburgh)

Go to The Enlightenment Café, Old Vic Tunnels (London)

The Enlightenment Café, Old Vic Tunnels (London)


"Thrillingly Immediate"
Financial Times

"Cleverly Concieved"
The Guardian

The Enlightenment Café create theatre that combines the beauty of science with the power of performance – bringing together theatre, education and spectacle in dynamic, participatory and entertaining events. The idea comes from the Enlightenment Cafés of the 17th Century (also known as Penny Universities). These social hubs were 'theatres of exchange' for new thinking in science and philosophy, in politics and arts. These coffeehouses were magnets for talent. Ideas spread, wits and virtuosi sparked off one another, and experiments were conducted. Through collaboration with enlightened individuals we wish to heal what TS Eliot described as the dissociation of sensibility – the false dichotomy between art and science.

Ingenious Award - Royal Academy of Engineering
Best Experiental Event - Scottish Event Awards
The Chairmans Award - Scottish Event Awards
Best Stem Project – N.C.C.P.E. Engage Awards