Not My Fault

Not My Fault is a Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England-funded project creating new pieces of theatre about genetic variation and health. Following a 3-day workshop at the Eden Project, three plays are in development, and Theatrescience is also supporting three young writers from the South West to create pocket-sized pieces which will be performed at the Eden Project in November 2010.

Plays have been commissioned from Selma Dimitrijevic, Simon Turley and Alison Falconer, and all are currently in development, with workshops and readings taking place over the coming months.

The next phase of the project will feature performances of the young writers’ pieces and Simon Turley’s play ‘State of Nature’ in the Eden Project biomes. Performances will take place daily from 17 - 25 November (except 22 November). The two-week programme will also feature a launch event including a panel discussion about the themes of the plays, readings of extracts of ‘Extremely Brief and Violent’ by Selma Dimitrijevic and ‘50/50’ by Alison Falconer, also commissioned as part of ‘Not My Fault’, and a launch of the playtext of ‘State of Nature’ and the young writers’ pieces, published by Parthian.

Performances will form the basis of public engagement discussion events and will be published and made available on-line.

For more information about the Eden Project performances, including how to book, please visit ‘State of Nature’

Project News

Not My Fault Archive goes live on Warwick University website
April 27, 2011

We are delighted to announce that the ‘Not My Fault’ Development and Performance archive is now live on the Warwick University website.
To see the archive please follow this link:


‘Not My Fault’ Evaluation by Dr Jessica Mordsley
March 08, 2011

Dr Jessica Mordsley’s independent Evaluation of the whole ‘Not My Fault’ project is now posted under Reports.

Countdown to Eden
October 13, 2010

The countdown to Eden is on, with our full cast and crew for ‘State of Nature’ on board and ready to start rehearsals on Monday.


Wowing the crowds at Eden, and bringing our new plays off the page
August 12, 2010

It’s been an exciting summer so far for ‘Not My Fault’, with development of all three plays continuing apace, and an excellent turnout for Ridgeway School’s performance in the Eden Project’s Mediterranean Biome.


‘Not My Fault’ bounds forward!
February 12, 2010

The latest update on ‘Not My Fault’, including brand new play commissions from playwrights and young writers from the South West.


Not My Fault at Eden
November 29, 2009

‘Not My Fault’ got properly underway with a workshop at the Eden Project on 21 and 22 November.  Five scientists and clinicians, eleven writers and the Theatrescience team presented and discussed issues including plant genetics, GM crops, the law and genetic medicine, genetic medicine and health care provision, and genetic medicine and general practice.


Theatrescience at the Eden Project
July 02, 2009

Funding has now been secured, from the Wellcome Trust, for Theatrescience to mount a major programme of work, ‘Not My Fault - Genetic Predisposition or Personal Responsibility?’ at the Eden Project, Cornwall, UK.


Project Reports

Not My Fault Evaluation by Dr Jessica Mordsley

Dr Jessica Mordsley’s independent Evaluation of the whole ‘Not My Fault’ project is now posted under Reports.


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