Blooming Snapdragons is the story of a group of women scientists, working at the turn of the last century at a time when women could study at Cambridge, but not receive a degree, and only a few scientists would allow women into their laboratories or lectures.
William Bateson was an exception. He was a radical thinker working at the cutting edge of science, developing what was to become the field of genetics. Many significant women scientists worked with him in Cambridge and London.
This is their story, told through the eyes of Adi, a young molecular biologist working at a contemporary research institute, whose opportunities have been very different and who faces other challenges in her own life.
written by Liz Rothschild and directed by Sue Mayo
performed by Liz Rothschild and Syreeta Kumar
It was performed at the John Innes Centre, in celebration of it centenary. William Bateson was the first Director of the Institute. It was also performed at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
A video of the production is here.