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The Lunar Men
On 7th November Vivienne and I went as invited Lunar Society guests to see a one-off enactment of a meeting of members of the original Lunar Society, ‘The Lunar Men’, put on by the science group of the local U3A at the village hall in Dorridge. The performance took as its theme the post-dinner deliberations of members of the Society in 1780 meeting in Matthew Boulton’s house.
All the characters were in period costume and there were extensive props on stage (including a working Van de Graaff generator - perhaps this was a very early prototype!). Most of the performance consisted of considerable speeches by Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley, Josiah Wedgwood, James Watt and Matthew Boulton explaining their work and ideas. There was a well-produced and informative parallel Keynote presentation alongside the performance with text, images and animations to add to what was said. The group would be willing to reprise the playlet for the wider membership of our present Lunar Society as a social event if there was sufficient interest.
Michael Wilkes, Vice Chairman to the Society