Dr Phil (Physicist and Science communicator) has joined forces with thespians, Michele and Patrick, to create Dramatis Scientificae. We help working scientists share their experiences and their research, through narrative, theatre and film.




Michele Conyngham BMus BA LTCL etc.

Michele is a writer, actor, musician and director. She has written eighteen plays for adults and children, which have been performed in theatres throughout Australia including Belvoir Street Theatre, The Seymour Centre, Troupe Theatre and Lamplight Theatre. As a performer, she had success in London as a twenty-something (performing at the Half Moon Theatre as Herr Vogelsang in Karl Valentin’s Komiker Kabaret and the lead in a Channel 4 film – Freedom Fighters) before returning to Australia and starting her own theatre company, Lamplight Theatre. She has also taught English, French, Music & History in high schools. The part of Dramatis Scientificae she finds most exciting is performing in productions that include scientists improvising.



Dr Phil Dooley

Phil is a physicist, entertainer, pianist and singer. By day, he’s a science writer for Cosmos Magazine, New Scientist, Australian Geographic and more, and was selected for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Anthologies of Best Australian Science Writing. He’s on the National Committee of the Australian Science Communicators. By night he performs in science shows and festivals around the world, from Glasgow, Brighton and London to Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide.






Patrick Davies BA, BTeach, CELTA, etc, etc.

Patrick is an actor, writer and theatre director. He has performed all over Australia and the UK in a wide variety of plays – from playing Mozart in Amadeus at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney to performing as William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon and on London’s West End. His television appearances include guest roles on Darwin’s Brave New World, Farscape, All Saints, and The Escape of the Artful Dodger. Patrick loves self-devised theatre, having written and directed shows for alternative venues as well as for high schools. He has also taught Drama and English in schools for many years. Dramatis Scientificae is a departure from his usual fare and he’s loving it.




Patrick has taken on a pen name, Inigo Bigot, to honour the artists in his family including his mother, Marianne Bigot, visual artist and dancer with the Netherlands Ballet and the Grands Ballet Canadien and, and 19th Century Dutch actor and playwright, Cornelis Pierre Thibault Bigot.


Bigot is pronounced bi-go and rhymes with Inigo.