Michael Buerk and Electrical Safety: Monday 28th November

In today’s Drama Communication lecture the students had to give a presentation about electrical safety, the only stipulations being that they were not allowed to use PowerPoint (or any other computer software), and that they had to engage with the audience. This resulted in some rather wonderful, if slightly deranged presentations, ranging from the use of a teddy bear to demonstrate the importance of safety plugs, to a step by step guide about what to do in the case of an electrical shock, via a full ‘999’-style reenactment that even Michael Buerk would have been proud of.

Today I had decided, rather topically, to come dressed as (the interior of) a plug.

The winning group had chosen to explain how electricity could be used FOR safety, via a group demonstration of resuscitation with a defibrillator. In all honesty it was a rather loose interpretation of ‘electrical safety’, but I was secretly delighted that this particular theme had been chosen. Homework for next week is to prepare a presentation dealing with a possible negative aspect of today’s winning topic (in order to highlight the importance in both acting and science of considering more than one aspect of a personality/research assignment), and I think that even the most ingenious student would struggle to find reasons against why children shouldn’t put their fingers into electrical sockets!


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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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