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Morgan and West: Unbelievable Science

“Entertaining and entrancing”

Time travelling magicians Morgan and West have branched out this year. Their new show sees them celebrating scientific method in a manner that befits two former science teachers.

Nattily dressed in their customary Victorian style, they kick off this new family show by presenting a series of chemical reactions – liquids that turn a vivid shade of pink when they come into contact with one another, substances that explode in a flash of light – before performing a series of optical illusions.

They dabble with electricity, wowing the crowd with a Tesla coil and some fluorescent bulbs. The highpoint of the show is a sequence in which they explain what atoms are by way of what looks very much like a magic trick. It’s as if they can’t resist.

Pitched at a level that young children can understand and that parents can enjoy, the show would benefit from a bit more audience interaction – they’re good with child volunteers as demonstrated in previous shows – and also from a little more explanation in places. What exactly are the colour-changing liquids? What exactly is an exothermic reaction? Older children might want more detail.

But most of the young audience members are entranced. The show is driven by a sense of respect for the way scientists work, through observation and rigorous testing, and a wish to instil that in those watching. They’re the kind of science teachers I wish I’d had at school.

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Production Details
Production nameMorgan and West: Unbelievable Science
VenueAssembly George Square
StartsJuly 31, 2019
EndsAugust 26, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorRhys Morgan, Robert West
ComposerKevin Macleod
DirectorPeter Clifford
Set designerAmanda Mascarenhas, Philip Atherton
Video designerLiam Welton
CastRhys Morgan, Robert West
TechnicalHelen Arney
ProducerMorgan, West
VerdictEntertaining science show for young audiences with a bit of magic thrown in
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