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Science Museum in a Pizza Box - Performance, museum tour guiding, and science communication

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This study focuses on the relationship between performance and museum tour guiding. Building on the analysis of this relationship, the author of this study has created a performance that is inspired by museum guided tours. The aim of the performance is to encourage a critical reflection on the role and the function of science in contemporary society, while giving insight into how science is socially constructed. The performance is based on participation. The participants define their own experiences, actively reflecting on the value that science has in their lives through a dialogue with the other participants and the performer. This dialogue starts with exhibits based on science that are presented to the participants. To develop this performance, this research has utilised action research, and qualitative methods to explore the participants’ experiences of the performance.  This study is interdisciplinary, and connects performance studies, museum studies and science communication, while using applied research to explore its topics.  The outcomes of this study are an innovative conceptualisation of the museum guided tour, and an original approach to science communication based on dialogic, live performance.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Discipline

Theatre Studies

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Doctor of Philosophy

Victoria University of Wellington Unit

School of Art History, Classics & Religious Studies

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Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Doctoral Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies


O'Donnell, David; McKinnon, James; Davidson, Lee; McCarthy, Conal