Grounded @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Saturday 6th September, 7.00pm-9.30pm
A gripping, compulsive and award-winning new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence. The pilot flies remote-controlled drones over the Middle East. She struggles through surreal 12-hour shifts far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. This extraordinary play targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman.
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) will host a post-show discussion to explore the key themes arising from the play. Drawing on current research on 'The Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles', the ICCS and leading academic experts will explore global security, trauma, moral dilemmas, gender and ethics.
The Security Impact of Drones @ Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Wednesday 10th September 3.30pm-5.00pm
From counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, to Amazon delivery services, the use (and ownership) of drone technology has major implications for domestic and international security. But what are the legal and ethical implications of this technology, and can drones ever be fully autonomous? Join leading experts for a topical and timely debate on the civilian and military use of drones.
These events are part of the British Science Festival 2014 taking place in Birmingham from 6-11 September. Details of all events are available online at www.britishsciencefestival.org. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 08456 807 207.