The three short plays are called, collectively, Tales of Galileo. Commissioned by the Sydney Observatory, these three plays are conversations between Galileo Galilei and Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Caroline Herschel about astronomy and the politics of science that challenges religious orthodoxies. The visionary Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Galileo speaks disbelievingly with renowned English naturalist Darwin about his theory of natural selection. He inspires Isaac Newton to discover the laws of motion and is finally persuaded by Caroline Hershel, the first English woman to officially make her living as an astronomer, that women can also be remarkable, perceptive and highly accurate chroniclers of the magnificent heavens.
- 30 minutes
- 1 female, 3 male
- 3 short plays and could be done with fewer men
- all ages, children, teen, young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre