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In this episode, Amanda Niehaus chats with David Morton, Creative Director of Dead Puppet Society, about taking young Darwin from the page — and the Galapagos — to the stage, in The Wider Earth.

David Morton is a writer, director and designer, and the Creative Director of Dead Puppet Society. Over the last decade he has led DPS in the creation of large-scale visual theatre works developed with international teams. The Wider Earth (DPS, Queensland Theatre, Trish Wadley Productions, Glass Half Full Productions) was conceived in residence at St Ann’s Warehouse, and recently closed a six-month run in a custom built theatre in London’s Natural History Museum. Laser Beak Man (DPS, La Boite Theatre, Brisbane Festival, PowerArts) was a collaboration with Tim Sharp developed at the New Victory Theater in NYC. Additional works include Ishmael (QPAC, Brisbane Festival), Storm Boy (Queensland Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company), The Riddle of Washpool Gully (Terrapin, DPS), Argus (DPS, Lincoln Centre, Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse), Trollop (Queensland Theatre), The Harbinger (DPS, La Boite Theatre, Critical Stages). David has been nominated for five Helpmann Awards and an Olivier Award. He holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology.

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The Science Write Now (SWN) Podcast is a monthly podcast for people who love science and the arts. If you’re interested in learning more about great books, plays, and films; writing, research or editing; the lives of scientists; and creative insights into contemporary science … then you’ve come to the right place!

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