I saw this with my brother Josh and mum at the Northcote Kids Festival on the 28th September 2011. It was a kid’s theatre show put on by the duo Barnard and Wild of Teacup Tumble Theatre.
The play was about a very distinguished scientist-Professor Barnard, and a very clumsy scientist-Professor Wild. It is a play with acrobatics, lots of clowning around, whips and brain science. Professor Wild is the wildest scientist I have ever, ever, ever, ever encountered! However Professor Barnard is one of the stereotypical scientists – serious and smart. They try to work together on their experiments but their methods clash. The show was a real explosion of characters! There was also a sub-character- The Battery!!!
My favourite part was when mum and I got to go up on stage, to prove their scientific hypothesis that you ‘learn something better when it is harder to read’. I held up a sheet of paper with a lot of big scientific words on it and moved it around while mum had to read it like an acrobat standing on the professors’ thighs. Mum said she had fun being an acrobat but reading the words was not that hard, just confusing.
Interview with Josh (my brother):
Q. What did you think of the show?
A. It was funny, it was interesting and it was scary.
Q. Why was it scary?
A. Because of the whips- they were very loud!
Q .Which was your favourite scientist?
A. Professor Wild.
Q. Why was she your favourite?
A. Because she was funny- very funny.
Q. Would you have wanted to go on stage like I did?
A. Because I would feel scared.
Q. What part of the scientists’ outfits were your favourite?
A. That is a weird question.
A. I’d have to say the glasses.
We all really enjoyed the show and hope maybe they get to do this show at Scienceworks and ArtPlay sometime so many others can see it too.
Recommended age: 5yrs+
From left to right: The Professors Barnard and Wild
The "wild" Professor Wild.
Above pictures provided by Professor A.Wild.
For more info see Teacup Tumble Theatre.
My artwork inspired by the show – created in Kid Pix Deluxe 4:
Crazy scientists in their lab