The Bell Curves at Ascension Church

The Bell Curves
Ascension Church
18th April 2024 – 20th April 2024

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In 2020, two female scientists won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. It was for the development of the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. Often referred to as “molecular scissors“ it enables scientists to perform microsurgery on DNA, but it raises ethical questions.
An all-female cast from Keisha Thompson’s imagination confronts the topic of science experimentation against the backdrop of a gospel church rehearsal. The protagonist, Nana, a budding biologist, wants to use her research to secure her future with her partner, Henri, but at what cost?

This work has been supported by a grant from The Future of Human Reproduction: an innovative, interdisciplinary research programme, funded by Wellcome, exploring the cultural, ethical, legal and social challenges that will emerge as technological advances fundamentally change the possibilities for human reproduction. See

The work is also being supported by Contact and the ‘In Manchester’s DNA’ project, a grant awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In Manchester’s DNA explores Manchester’s heritage and identity through creative community projects. See

The original Box of Tricks commission was supported by Eclipse Theatre, Pilot and York Theatre Royal.

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