One Tenth Human was created by artistic director Sarah Punshon, inspired by the year she spent working at the Natural History Museum, collaborating with scientists and museum professionals to create interactive events for family visitors.
Our first project was an epic promenade adventure through the basements of Shoreditch Town Hall, inspired by the neuroscience of learning maths, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Thirty children at a time joined our brilliant cast on an exhilarating journey designed by award-winning creative team Joanna Scotcher and Joshua Pharo, discovering that the only way to save the world from killer robots was to re-programme the main-frame with their own brain cells. We’re Stuck! was produced by China Plate Theatre and toured nationally twice, reaching more than 3,000 audience members.
“Really great children’s theatre” Maddie Costa, Exeunt
The following year we were commissioned by Lancaster Arts and feminist arts festival Hear Me Roar to create The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure for 6-10 year olds. We reached over 1,000 audience members, and engaged more than 700 children in schools workshops.
“Clever, empowering, and very funny!”
Emily Armstrong, Z-arts Marketing and Audience Development Manager
We love collaboration and exploration, and have created several unusual one-offs via special commission. For the Wellcome Collection we created a one night only whole building extravaganza. Macho? brought together artists, historians, scientists, domestic violence experts, drag kings, comedians, teenagers, and male voice choirs to explore the art, science, beauty, and terrifying vulnerability of masculinity.
We curated a VIP experience for more than 400 guests to celebrate the 2016 , and co-created Fringe First winning solo-and-a-half show Arthur with our Associate Artist Daniel Bye, starring Dan and his own five-month-old son.
“A show that makes connections, as though what you are watching
are the artist’s synapses firing live” – Lyn Gardner
In 2020 we were commissioned by Big Imaginations to create our first rural touring show. Two weeks later, Covid hit. Under lockdown, with support from Arts Council England and Big Imaginations partners, we stretched ourselves in new directions, taking our trademark inventiveness and intimate interactivity online. We’re Stuck transferred to Zoom with support from brilliant games designer Nick Murray, and Curious Investigators was born as a Zoom experience from the start.
We’ve now reached more than 1,400 children and their grown-ups via Zoom, bringing our brilliant performers directly into classrooms and living rooms across the nation.
“We had such a great time. Toni was utterly fab and captivating”
Kate Craddock, Artistic Director, GIFT, mother of “Investigator Kit”
For Winter 2021 we produced our first ever main-stage Christmas show, reaching more than 8,500 audience members with Cinderella: the AWESOME truth, in co-production with Polka Theatre, Wimbledon. And in spring 2022 we were finally able to create and tour the in-person version of Curious Investigators, reaching over 1,500 in theatres, village halls, libraries and schools.
Since our formation in 2016, we’ve engaged nearly 22,000 people via our performances, schools’ workshops, and online events. We’ve engaged over sixty scientists and mathematicians as advisors and activity leads. More than 100,000 people have heard about our work online, via social media, at a conference or in the press. Our work has entertained and delighted – and changed children’s understanding, confidence and ambition.
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