The Venn diagram of science, humour and beer is very familiar these days, with geeky pub entertainment to be had somewhere in London, almost every night of the week. Science Showoff is a stalwart of the genre, raising chuckles at the Wilmington Arms, Rosebery Avenue, for a couple of years. But tonight, venue and show part company after one final whiz-bang-wallop.
The format is straightforward. Ten people, each of whom works in science, technology or a related field, gets 10 minutes on stage to share his or her passion. Tonight’s speakers include people who self-describe as a “counter of things that are hard to count”, “a breaker of things”, “a Feynman lover” and “Helen Arney” (she gets everywhere), and all have been plucked from previous shows. Compere for the evening, as ever, is Steve Cross. Doors open at 7pm and it’s free to get in, though donations are encouraged.
It’s not the end of Science Showoff, though. Lined up, the show has a new regular venue, touring gigs and a couple of big shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre, all to be announced soon. Watch out, along similar lines, for another Bright Club at the Wilmington Arms on 18 June, and a Museums Showoff in Camden on 25 June.