Theatre review: Albert Einstein: RelativITIVELY Speaking
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Albert Einstein: RelativITIVELY Speaking, at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), review by Sally Stott
This is a part lecture, part biography and part madcap romp through the theory of relativity – oh, and also my annual Fringe appearance on stage, thanks to a man from the front row who picked me out.
Cheers for that.
In his one-man show, the wild-haired, young-looking Einstein (played by writer John Hinton) gets us to run towards each other to demonstrate how time and speed are related. As is pretty much always the case with audience participation, we also have to pretend to fancy each other, while any partners in the audience must pretend this doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable.
But it’s good natured stuff; deliberately ramshackle and accessible as our maverick host throws together physics, innuendo and songs like a children’s performer let loose on, today, a bunch of over-60s who have a working knowledge of everything he says. But even if you know the facts, it is impossible not to be swept up in the energetic way they’re conveyed.
There is a dark undercurrent which emerges through a pertinent number exploring Einstein’s role in the creation of the atomic bomb. It’s a piece that could do with more quieter moments, but it’s entertaining in a way other, more headache-inducing, science shows struggle to be.
Originally appeared in The Scotsman