25 - 27 May 2018, Eden Project, Cornwall
Roll up, roll up, the Mutant Circus is coming to town! Step right up for your chance to meet our troupe of colourful characters as they showcase their remarkable abilities for your entertainment and astonishment. Giants! Hairy marvels! Eyeless wonders! Deformed monstrosities! All are here in the form of… the humble fruit fly.
Fruit flies are the unsung heroes of scientific research – for over 100 years they’ve been the workhorse of geneticists, casting light on the role of genes in driving development and revealing fascinating insights into human biology. Come face-to-face with the fruit fly and its scientific legacy, and meet four human-sized mutated flies – the gloriously named Fruitless, Yuri Gagarin, Antennapedia and Groucho.
Our fruit fly mutants will be buzzing around beautiful Cornwall this May bank holiday weekend, introducing themselves and their wonderful mutations (from extra pairs of limbs to hairy faces), and seeking out human mutations (from red hair to rolled tongues). Join these fascinating freaks of nature as they celebrate the opening of a new exhibition at the Eden Project.
The Eden Project is an educational charity and visitor destination nestled in a huge crater on England’s rugged southwestern tip. Massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, and the stunning plants, exhibitions and stories about the living world serve as a backdrop to striking contemporary gardens and exciting events. On 25 May the Eden Project will open a new exhibition called Invisible Worlds – that will explore the interconnectedness of life and the environment at every scale, and reveal how life is shaped by invisible systems.