Fringe preview: Panto Science: The Periodic Fable

This article is from 2015

Fringe preview: Panto Science: The Periodic Fable

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Dr Zara Gladman's show is inspiring young scientists through songs, experiments and fun

She's got a YouTube hit under her belt and runs the Glasgow branch of academic comedy night Bright Club. But in her new Fringe kids show, Panto Science: The Periodic Fable, Dr Zara Gladman combines her comic writing talent with her day job as a scientist. A collaboration with Glasgow Science Festival, Gladman and comedian Bruce Morton are using the theatrics of panto as a way to get children into science.

'As a kid, I loved panto,' she says, 'it’s fun, engaging and one of the most accessible forms of theatre there is. It’s the perfect formula for inspiring children about science, without a textbook in sight.'

Grown-up scientists will love the jokes too: the story centres around two scientists whose 'evil supervisor' (played by Morton) wants to present their results as his own at a conference. But the main message of the show is to promote the accessibility of science and there'll also be DIY science kits to download on their website.

'One of the key aims of Panto Science is to challenge stereotypes and reinforce the message that science is for everyone,' explains Gladman. 'We’ll be carrying that message through experiments, comedy and songs (‘You Don’t Need a Beard to Be a Scientist’ is particularly catchy). It’s going to be a lot of fun.'

Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, 7–30 Aug (not 17), 12.15pm, £11 (£9). Preview 6 Aug, £10 (£8)

Panto Science: The Periodic Fable

Alternative panto for curious youngsters and switched-on oldsters.