From Light to Flight: Celebrating the life of Lawrence Hargrave

Wollongong’s Eaton Gorge Theatre Company is presenting a series of live performance events to celebrate the life of local inventor Lawrence Hargrave. With an interactive day for primary schools that includes theatre, hands on experiments and opportunities to fly a box kite and a 1900s Garden Party for adults with a film screening, live music and theatrical performances and flight demonstrations, From Light to Flight will entertain and inspire people of all ages.

This year marks the centenary of Lawrence Hargrave, famously known for his flight inventions and fondly known as the Father of Flight. As a member of the newly established Illawarra Science Hub, the Eton Gorge Theatre Company is using the opportunity of National Science Week to tell the story of a local hero.

There will be two events offered on Friday 21 August: one to engage primary school children that includes an opportunity to fly a replica of Lawrence Hargraves’ box kite and later that evening, a garden party event for grown ups that will provide an opportunity to dress up and enjoy entertainment from the 1900s. Highlights include a screening of The Father of Flight, a film that tells the story of Lawrence Hargrave and a Planetarium show focusing on light and flight. There will also be a number of entertaining interactive theatrical performances.

“We feel that promoting science through the arts is a great way to get a message across that will be enjoyed by everyone,” said Juliet Scrine from the Eton Gorge Theatre Company, who is a participant of the local Illawarra Science Hub.

Working with the Wollongong Science Centre who is hosting the Garden Party and whose staff will be on hand to run experiments, the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company expects to attract a strong crowd to the Science Hub’s first major collaboration.

From Light to Flight will take place on Friday 21 August at the Wollongong Science Centre & Planetarium to mark National Science Week and all are welcome to join the fun. For more information please call Susan Kennedy on (02) 4267 3920.