WhatTheatres & Shows
6 years +
31/07/2019 - 01/09/2019
2 Charing Cross Road
31 July–1 Sept
Tickets from £17
Strap on your safety goggles and don’t try this at home!
The popular TV programme hits the West End with its fun- and fact-filled mix of the weird and wonderful world of scientific experiments, from exploding dustbins to supercharged spinning chairs.
"Boring", my 9-year-old daughter pronounced, with an eye roll, when I told her we were reviewing a science show. But, as soon as the crazy antics of four faux scientists began, and the decibel level peaked from explosions, she was cheering along and waving her arms in the air with the rest of the enthusiastic crowd. This is not a show for the easily startled: it starts with loud bangs, crescendos with even louder bangs, and culminates with the loudest bang of all, an exploding oxygen balloon. Sandwiched between the pyrotechnics, is some fun science: did you know the fastest way to spin an office chair is CO2 propulsion, powered by rockets? Or that liquid nitrogen mixed with boiling water erupts into a fountain of smoke? "Don't try this at home" should be the show's motto, as each of the experiments, including the cast giving themselves voluntary electric shocks (or "did they fake that?" as my daughter whispered), looked more dangerous than the last.
Brainiac Live is the stage spin off of the Sky One experimental show, originally hosted by Richard Hammond. What it lacks in scale compared to its televisual big sister - there's no space to blow up a caravan in the Garrick Theatre - it makes up for in energy and zany interactions with the audience. The show, brought to the stage by Andy Joyce, a runner on the first series of Brainiac, might not have much of a narrative flow - it is in reality a series of mad-cap, big-kid science experiments - but it is a high-octane hour of science spectacle. I'm not sure that my daughter came out with a greatly enhanced knowledge of the periodic table, but she did concede to me at the end that there was not a boring second.
31 July–1 Sept
Tickets from £17
2 Charing Cross Road
0844 412 4662
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