What’s the Grey Matter with Gregory?

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Wed 25 Nov 2015

What’s the Grey Matter with Gregory?

School pupils in Inverness and Edinburgh are invited to step back to the 1980s and study the rules of attraction in Gregory's Girl.

Cinelive's new immersive event will take place in January 2016, and is inspired by Bill Forsyth's classic tale of first love. Venues in Inverness (Eden Court, 12 January) and Edinburgh (Summerhall, 18 January) will transform into Gregory's 1980s Abronhill High School in a day-long event that will feature biology lessons alongside live reenactments of key scenes from Gregory's Girl in a thrilling mix of arts and science education.

Abronhill High School appears to be undergoing a rather strange outbreak of 'flirtatiousness' that the authorities are none too pleased with. The Department for the Investigation of Amorous Disorders (D.I.A.D.) has been called in to help understand what has befallen those students at Abronhill High - and that is where local 21st century students will come in.

During the course of the day, students (as scientists from D.I.A.D.) will step into the 1980s and the strange world of Abronhill High, meeting the characters from the film, observing their behaviour and taking part in a series of workshops. Students will work alongside PhD scientists as they examine the influence that psychology and hormones hold over human behaviour.

Gregory, Dorothy, Susan and a whole host of other characters from Gregory's Girl will be brought to life by young actors from Edinburgh and Inverness. These youngsters will be specially trained for the event by Scottish theatre practitioner Mark Traynor.

This unforgettable event will round off with a screening of the film itself, introducing a whole new generation to the charm and humour of Forsyth's rom-com.

Each event has 100 free tickets available for school pupils aged 13-16 and their teachers. The event runs from 10.30am to 3.15pm and comprehensively covers Science and Health and Wellbeing in the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Anyone interested in attending should contact

What's The Grey Matter With Gregory? is created by Cinelive in partnership with BFI Education, Film Hub Scotland and The Wellcome Trust as part of the BFI's LOVE Season, celebrating our enduring love affair with big screen romance. The events are coordinated by Centre for the Moving Image in partnership with Summerhall Arts Centre and Eden Court.

To read the full press release, click here.

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