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When Darwin was stumped for an answer why certain species were the way they were, the advice given to him was - “you should ask Wallace”. A 45 minute performance which focuses on the aspects of Alfred Russel Wallace's inspirational character that led him to the Theory of Evolution by natural selection.
The play tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 -1913), a Victorian naturalist, who was born in Wales, and who discovered the theory of evolution, and then shared the idea with Charles Darwin... and as they say the rest is history. This often overlooked Welsh Victorian scientist, who’s curiosity as to why there are so many different varieties of species, was ignited during his formative years in Usk and Neath, and would later find the answer to the ‘mystery of all mysteries’. His great findings would compel Darwin to publish his seminal work on the origin of species. The play takes us through his life as a young boy growing up in Wales to embarking on epic adventures to the Amazon and Malay Archipelago where he discovers the theory of evolution.
"Vividly told and an enthralling story of one of the most interesting and important figures in the history of science." George Beccaloni, the Natural History Museum
"Every once in a while a film, a painting, a song will stop you in your tracks with its sheer brilliance…Theatr na n’Óg serves up the theatrical example." Western Telegraph
Over the course of his life Alfred Russel Wallace spent nearly 25 years in Poole, including Parkstone and, from 1902 until his death in 1913 in Broadstone. This event is part of Borough of Poole’s programme for Wallace100, a celebration of his life and scientific legacy in the centenary year of his death.
When & Where
Poole History Centre
Occupying a 600 year-old woolhouse which is located next to Poole Museum, Poole's Local History Centre has resources for all aspects of local history research. An extensive library is supported by microfilmed and digitised material.