One dificulty that the “Reading Theatre with Science” initiative needed to solve was the inexisting portuguese translation for most drama dealing with scientific issues, such as the majority of plays already in the DCPAS. Bearing that in mind, we began our Cooperative Translation Project (CTP) in June 2020, to try and have as many of those plays translated into portuguese as quick and effectively as possible.

CTP, inspired in the concept of science citizenship, promotes an equal and distributed share of translation by a number of volunteers. In translating a certain play, it will be split into smaller excerpts which will then be divided among the translators. The translated pieces will then be redistributed for proofreading. Lastly they will all be grouped in a final text, revised and edited.

We began our translation of the first text – the play “Constellations” by Nick Payne – in 2020. This was also the play read in our first Reading Theatre with Science session on 26 of May at Parque Verde in Coimbra.

The second session of the Reading Theatre with Science project took place in Jardim da Sereia on July 21st. We read Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information”, the second play translated by CTP.

The third text selected for translation by the CTP was John Mighton’s “Possible Worlds”.

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