Photo caption: Mr Science aka Stirling Cathman, along with Kawau the shag, is bringing his show, ‘Science of the Seas’ to the Theatre Royal this Friday. Photo: Kate Russell.

Science show celebrates our seas


Theatre and science will come together this Friday in a kid-friendly show that celebrates our oceans.

‘Science of the Seas’ is on at the Theatre Royal, courtesy of a pair of enthusiastic Nelson science educators.

Mr Science (Sterling Cathman) and Richard deHamel (professor of marine science, University of Otago) have created a “fun, crazy and zany educational show” which coincides with Seaweek.

The one-hour long show will see them circumnavigating New Zealand, covering topics such as plastics and how they influence our oceans, seas warming up and levels rising, ocean acidification, climate variables, managing natural resources, sustainable fishing, gases, marine life, bio-security and seafood production.

“It’ll be fun, engaging and a totally immersive experience for the crowd, involving many children from the audience,” says Stirling, a primary school teacher who has already developed several touring educational children’s shows.

Richard teaches marine studies in primary and secondary education programmes in Nelson and Tasman region and the duo will also be putting on a morning show for selected school groups.

“The kids are great and really get into the spirit of theatre, having fun and learning at the same time,” Stirling says.

“Working with schools and the public is a perfect way to do this and doing it in a theatre allows us to be more creative.”

Science of the Seas is on this Friday 8 March at 7pm at the Theatre Royal. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for under 18s or $45 for a family pass and are available from TicketDirect or the Theatre Royal.