theatre of science
Talks & ShowsTalksTheatre of ScienceRevealing Delia
“... they almost make academia sexy... a unique master class on the mind. The most stimulating comedy gig this year? Probably.”
Evening Standard

“... an uplifting, thought-provoking and frequently hilarious
alternative to the usual theatre fair.”
What’s On

"This is quite an astounding show...don't fear the men in white coats, this is an entertaining hour for even the most scientifically illiterate."

“the spirit of Houdini lives on”
The Times

In 2002, Prof Wiseman and Dr Simon Singh created and performed ‘The Theatre of Science’ at The Soho Theatre in London. This show aimed to turn back the clock to a time when audiences attended the theatre to see scientific demonstrations as entertainment, and involved a heady mixture of probability theory, psychology and comedy.

In 2005, the duo staged a second, more elaborate, Theatre of Science show at the Soho Theatre. The climax to this show involved generating six foot long bolts of lightning between two specially constructed transformer coils, with one of the performers entering a coffin-shaped cage and absorbing the full force of the strikes. Live music was provided by sonic artists Sarah Angliss and Stephen Wolff, who demonstrated the singing saw and other acoustic curiosities. In addition, contortionist Delia Du Sol performed seemingly impossible back bends to demonstrate the wonders of human anatomy.

Prof Wiseman and Simon Singh travelled to New York in November 2006 to perform Theatre of Science off-Broadway, as part of the art+science festival.
Click here to download an article from Skeptical Inquirer, charting the history and background of this project.

External resources

Website of sonic artist Sarah Angliss

Contortionist Delia Du Sol’s website

Review of Theatre of Science in The Times

Sunday Times feature on Theatre of Science and science education

The electricity finale used in Theatre of Science is produced by a company called HVFX. Learn more about them here.

Simon Singh's web pages on Theatre of Science