Fire from Heaven: Michael Faraday and the Dawn of the Electrical Age

SCIO is pleased to present  Murray Watts’ newest creation, Fire from Heaven: Michael Faraday and the Dawn of the Electrical Age. SCIO previously produced five USA tours and multiple Oxford performances of Watts’ acclaimed play, Mr Darwin’s Tree. Fire from Heaven is generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.



Fire from Heaven USA tour locations and dates:


Gordon College

7 PM, February 21 Ken Olson Science Center, Macdonald Auditorium


Calvin University

7 PM, February 23, Gezon Auditorium


Azusa Pacific University

7 PM, February 25, Upper Turner Campus Center


Abilene Christian University

7:30 PM, February 27, Culp Theatre in Williams Performing Arts Center


Wheaton College

7 PM, March 28, Barrows Auditorium

Note: This showing will be of Mr. Darwin’s Tree, not Fire from Heaven


Dordt University

7 PM, March 30, Dordt Black Box Theatre


Seattle Pacific University

7 PM, April 1, E.E. Bach Theatre


Whitworth University

7 PM, April 3, Cowles Auditorium Building #3


Trinity Western University

7 PM, April 5, SAMC Theatre

Note: Location subject to change. 


Murray Watts ScioFire from Heaven: Michael Faraday and the Dawn of the Electrical Age playwright and director, Murray Watts, is one of the best-known Christian playwrights and screenwriters in the UK. He wrote and directed the acclaimed play Mr Darwin’s Tree, which was commissioned to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and premiered at Westminster Abbey. SCIO produced five USA tours and multiple Oxford performances of Mr Darwin’s Tree. Watts is the author of more than a dozen books, including The miracle maker, and the screenwriter for the film of the same name, featuring Ralph Fiennes and Julie Christie. An animated film on the life of Jesus, The miracle maker was the top-rated television film for ABC Network in 2000 and has been viewed by millions around the world. Watts is also the author of the bestselling The Bible for children, which has been translated into more than 20 languages, and the screenwriter for KJB: the book that changed the world, directed by Norman Stone (Shadowlands) and featuring John Rhys-Davies (The lord of the rings). Watts also wrote and directed the one-man play The dream, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The dream of a ridiculous man, which went on to spawn the film of the same name staring Jeremy Irons and the television mini-series Tales from the madhouse. He has often worked with the actor Andrew Harrison to create solo performances.


Andrew Harrison ScioAndrew Harrison is the actor in Fire from Heaven: Michael Faraday and the Dawn of the Electrical Age, and has worked in film, television, theatre, and radio for over 30 years. He previously played Charles Darwin in Murray Watts’ Mr Darwin’s Tree. His theatre credits include Glyn and It with Dame Penelope Keith on national tour, the premiere tour of Peter Nichol’s Blue murder, and the London West End production with the late Sir Michael Hordern of Trelawny of the Wells. He made his repertory debut in Exeter playing the leads in Caryl Churchill’s Serious money and Alan Ayckbourn’s A chorus of disapproval. Andrew is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s drama department. His film credits include An ideal husband, The sea change, A little loving, and Dorian Gray; for television he has appeared in Florence Nightingale, The life of Pepys, Miss Marple, 2000 acres of sky, The Bill, Birds of a feather, You rang m’lord?, Beyond Narnia, and Summer in Transylvania.

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