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Punk Science: The Albert Einstein Experience debuts at the Edinburgh Fringe

Punk Science, the resident team of stand up comics at the Dana Centre, are making their debut appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Following success in London, Punk Science is taking its sell-out show, The Albert Einstein Experience, to the Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot from 3rd to 28th August. Physics has never been funnier… See www.edfringe.com for more details.

‘Laugh as you learn (even if you are digesting our global energy crisis.)’ Metro newspaper
‘Fast-paced, interactive, excellent narrative throughout.’ Audience member

Physics is at last making a comeback as punkscience, the resident team of stand up comics at the Science Museum and its Dana Centre in London, has today, 6 July, announced their debut appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

punkscience has been making waves, with sell out shows at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre in London - the UK’s only venue for adults to experience contemporary and controversial science - with performances on a range of science topics including the science of gluttony, the global energy crisis and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

And now, in an unprecedented bid to make physics funny, punkscience has decided to take one of the most complex (and possibly least amusing) scientific achievements of all time to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot from 3rd to 28th August.

punkscience – the Albert Einstein Experience will explain Einstein’s major theories on Brownian motion, the Photoelectric Effect and, most famously, the Special and General Theories of Relativity in just under an hour. Not only that, but they’ll also look at Einstein as an icon, what happened to his brain and why, like Oasis, he never quite lived up to the promise of his early work.

The punkscience team - who fuse comedy with serious science lecture - will explain Einstein’s theories, in 50 minutes of video, music, slide shows, interactive voting, sketches and bizarre experiments of dubious merit. punkscience combines the talents of comedian Jon Milton, street artist Ben Samuels, actor Dan Hope and drummer Bradford Gross.

Jon Milton, punkscientist said: “We believe this to be the first ever show totally dedicated to the work of Einstein. For years, the Science Museum has done world-renowned shows for kids that explain how stuff works. Now it's the grown ups turn. A show that explains everything that Einstein brought to a venue near you.

“He was so ahead of his time, that when he did win the Nobel Prize in 1921, it was for his work on The Photoelectric Effect, suggesting that even sixteen years later, none of the Nobel Prize judges had worked out quite what the Special Theory of Relativity was.

“The point is, that this is really, REALLY hardcore physics. The worst kind. Not the cool sort that lets you make a robot. Just the sort that explains why the universe had to have had a Big Bang and why Star Trek is rubbish. But if two comedians, a clown and a rock drummer can get to grips with it, then frankly, anyone can.”

punkscience: the Albert Einstein Experience is part of a centenary celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s three major papers that laid the foundation of modern physics. The Science Museum and Dana Centre will be running a programme of special exhibitions, displays and events throughout 2005.

LISTING INFORMATION: punkscience – the Albert Einstein Experience

Venue: Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot – The Night Club
Dates: 3rd August to 28th August (excluding 15th and 22nd August)
Tickets: £7.50 to £9.00
Times: 16.15 – 17.15
Box Office: Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot 0131 668 1633/online www.gildedballoon.co.uk or Ed Fringe 0131 226 0000 and www.edfringe.com

Science Museum Press Office: Gilded Balloon Press Office:
Lauren Gildersleve Fraser Smith/Ellie McDonald
T: 0207 942 4238 / 07989 979864 T: 0131 668 9483
E: lauren.gildersleve@nmsi.ac.uk E: press@gildedballoon.co.uk


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Date and Time:

28 August 2005 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Dana Centre
165 Queen's Gate
+44 20 79 42 40 40
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