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Horrible Science

Published Monday 8 March 2010 at 11:35 by Ronnie Haydon

Science can be revolting if you don’t understand it, according to this squelchily amusing multimedia family show, adapted from Scholastic’s bestselling Horrible series. If that sounds a tad educational, rest assured that all learning objectives are, in the main, entertainingly achieved. Combining musical theatre, interactive screen animation and 3D effects, the show’s technical format hits you right between the eyes.

It’s fair to say that the four actors are completely upstaged by the huge screen layout that is their backdrop. This represents Horrible Science World, a theme park that a trio of distinctly one-dimensional white-coated boffins - Professors Belinda Buzzoff, N Large and Wanda Wye - are promoting lustily, with a rather plodding song about science coming alive. Gareth Warren has a more interesting part to play as a curious schoolboy Billy Miller, who becomes enmeshed in the sinister side of the science lesson.

The disembodied voice of Neal Foster as the power-crazed Intelligent Machine picks up the pace, but it isn’t until the audience get hold of their Boggle Goggles (3D glasses) that the real fun starts. When giant poos, speeding meteorites and voracious microbes are coming straight at you out of the screen, science seems at once the horriblest, most brilliant subject in the world.

Production information

New Wimbledon Theatre, London, March 3-6, then touring until November 13

Nick Arnold, adapted by Mark Williams
Phil Clark
Birmingham Stage Company
Laura Dalgleish, Benedict Martin, Sarah Nightingale, Gareth Warren
Running time:
1hr 45mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014