Dark Matters, Thursday 24th March to Saturday 26th March, The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, 6pm
By Jenna Richards
Who would have thought physics and the workings of the famous Swiss scientific facility, the Large Hadron Collider, could be clearly explained with juggling, a unicycle and a man balancing a hat on his nose.
If science lessons at school had been this fun I might have left will a full understanding of the subject.
This clever production from Foot Candle brought the often confusing world of physics alive thanks to a new performance genre called Science Cabaret.
Dark Matters was performed brilliantly by John Teasdale and Portia Smith. Their fusion of stand up, street entertainment and Royal Society Lectures was engaging, entertaining and informative.
I’m pretty sure I could even explain what the Large Hadron Collider, is looking for – something that was a complete mystery to me before watching this show.
But rather than showing off my newfound knowledge I urge you to go and watch for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Performed on a very basic set, with vegetable props, well thought out explanations and some computer graphics the show illuminated the potential discoveries of the Hadron Collider.
It told me everything I am ever likely to need to know about the origin of mass, dark matter, supersymmetry, the possibility of extra dimensions and the recreation of the quark gluon soup.
Whilst also raising some though provoking questions about the potential for the human race to manipulate things such as mass, if the experiments happening inside the collider work.
The show was funded by The Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Oh and it includes a special appearance from TV scientist Brian Cox!
Tickets cost £7 or £5 for concessions and are available on the door.