Many of Shakespeare’s plots are based on scientific facts. This exhibition reveals how researchers can explain some of the most popular scenes from his works and remind us that science can be found all around us, even in the most unexpected places.
Poisons and potions are the weapons of choice for many of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters. We took a closer look at the botanical and zoological basis of some of these elixirs to find out whether they'd actually work.
Most of the toxic plants shown here are to be found across Europe. It is therefore crucial for our own safety to know about them and to avoid them. Never attempt to make or apply any of these potions yourself!
Shakespeare’s works also offer insights into human nature and behaviour, which too are areas of scientific interest.
This exhibition is curated by British Council Bulgaria as part of Shakespeare Lives - a global programme of events and activities celebrating the world's most popular playwright's work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. The exhibition is launched in partnership with Sofia Tech Park. The texts have been taken from the www.shakespearelives.org website or were developed by Bulgarian scientists, alumni of the FameLab competition.
Translation: Alexander Manuiloff
Design and preprint: Nadejda Pancheva
Where to find the exhibition
The exhibition is displayed on the newly built pedestrian bridge on Tsarigradsko shose Blvd connecting Sofia Tech Park with Mladost
Bus stop: Sofia Tech Park or Regional hospital ('Okrazhna bolnitsa')
Lines: bus 84 and trolleybus 5 or 8