‘From ghoulies and ghosties. And long-leggedy beasties. And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!’

‘I have had such a curious dream’ said Alice

Come and investigate the mysterious world of sleep. What is it for? How much do you need, how to get a good nights’ sleep, what is the stuff dreams are made of?

Students from St Gregory’s Catholic College have spent this year on ‘Things that go bump in the night’ to understand sleep and sleep disorders in young people.

This is a project funded by a Wellcome Trust Engaging Science Award which encourages looking at areas of biomedical science through the arts.

Students have written new music, choreography and dance movements, added drama, film and visual arts as well as the written word to explore the state in which we spend a third of our lives.

With guidance from Dr Adrian Kendrick of the Sleep Unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary, they surveyed nearly 1,000 children to find out bedtimes, average hours of sleep, disturbed patterns of sleep, dreaming and daytime drowsiness. They researched how to get a good nights’ sleep and get up feeling refreshed.

There are 87 known sleep disorders, from snoring to sleep walking to narcolepsy – when people fall asleep momentarily in the middle of what they are doing, sometimes disastrously, for instance, if driving.

What they have come up with is an engaging 50 minute live multi-arts show which is touring local schools.

It premieres for the public for one performance only on Sunday 7 July.

Things that go bump in the night
The Roper Theatre – the West Wing
Hayesfield School, Oldfield Park
Sunday 7 July at 5pm
Tickets are free on the door.

Background exhibition open from 3pm. Refreshments served from 4pm.
A chance to meet the cast and discuss issues raised after the show.

To be sure of a seat, email jacksona@st-gregorys.bathnes.sch.uk.