Amongst the blossoming of online theatre offerings The Evidence Chamber, has to my mind been one of the most successful:
There’s been a murder. The police have a suspect but the evidence doesn’t paint a clear picture. In an online jury deliberation room, you watch the testimonies, scrutinise the evidence, discuss with your fellow jurors – and reach your verdict.
The decision you make will change someone’s life: what will you decide?
If you’re a fan of crime fiction or true crime, this is the show for you. It's made in collaboration with forensic scientists at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) in Dundee.
LRCFS is an award winning £10 million, 10 year research Centre directed by Niamh Nic David and based at the University of Dundee. Their aim is to enhance the robustness of scientific evidence used in courts. They also want to ensure that the communication of forensic evidence is carried out in ways that are understandable and accurate.
LRCFS had plans to tour the live (face-to-face) version into libraries across the region (crime is the most borrowed genre in libraries and it really cuts across all sorts of demographic lines) but this was paused due to Covid. The current online run of the show has sold out (as did the previous one) but the likelihood is that they’ll bring it back at some point. Worth keeping an eye on their website, and signing up for early bird ticket alerts!
BNC1 Reporter, Andrew Anderson, at Dundee Sheriff Court.