Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking
- Eddie Harrison
- 14 August 2013
This article is from 2013
Einstein a-go-go in John Hinton's Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 performance
The brilliance of The Big Bang Theory sitcom is that it works on two levels; the science and pop-culture references are amusing to geeks, while the rest of the audience can laugh at the failure of the boffins to get to grips with the complications of everyday life. A similar equation lies behind Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking, which depicts arguably the 20th century’s greatest mind as a somewhat befuddled lecturer struggling to illustrate his theories.
So not only astrophysicists can enjoy writer/performer John Hinton’s turn as he attempts to explain how E might, theoretically, equal MC squared. With musical assistance, Hinton’s Einstein addresses topics like relativity with charming gusto, pulling hapless members of the audience on-stage to illustrate his points. It’s the kind of routine that the BBC’s Johnny Ball made his preserve on much-loved tv shows like Think of A Number; Hinton and his director Daniel Coleman deserve credit for not selling the intellectual content of the show short.
Even there’s a lack of knock-out laugh-lines, Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking is a show that’s easy to recommend; as Jennifer Aniston proved, the science part doesn’t have to be boring.
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