HORRIBLE SCIENCE – science with all the squishy, disgusting & explosive bits left in – now live on stage!

Birmingham Stage Company, producers of ten hugely popular Horrible Histories shows and the current tour of James and the Giant Peach, will also have Horrible Science ‘on the road’ this autumn. This show is based on the hugely popular Horrible Science books by Nick Arnold illustrated by Tony de Saulles which have sold over 15 million copies in 27 different languages world-wide and won such important scientific awards as the Rhone-Poulenc Prize in 1997, the Aventis Prize in 2004, ZSL Thomson Reuters Record Award for Communicating Science in 2010 and this year the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award.

horrible science live

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The show will tour the UK from Sept – Dec 2013 (see tour details below) including a week at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre in October. Using actors and amazing 3D Bogglevision special effects, BSC’s Horrible Science show, adapted for the stage by Mark Williams, attempts to find the awful answers to many important questions. Why do we produce 50,000 litres of spit in a lifetime – enough to fill 100 baths – for example? Or could you fight deadly diseases and beastly bacteria just using an egg? How can you survive the Bathroom of Doom and the Toothbrush of Terror – when in just a few hours one bacterium can produce 100 million copies of itself to infect your towel, flannel, toothbrush and even your hands!

The audience will join Billy Miller, a reluctant 10-year-old, as he battles his way through the Horrible Science World, facing dreadful dangers and putrid puns! They’ll encounter fatal forces such as gravity and discover the shocking truth about electricity, battle bacteria and microbe monsters trying to inflict their killer diseases on humans and show Dr Frankenstein how the different parts of the body fit together.

horrible science live on stage

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Horrible Science is directed by Phil Clark with designs by Jacqueline Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, music by Matthew Scott. The cast includes: Alison Fitzjohn, Iain Ridley, Gary Wilson & Amanda Wright

Horrible Science is suitable for all the family aged 6+ and covers much of the science curriculum that Key Stage 2 children have to learn but deals with these topics in such unusual and hilariously disgusting ways as to seem a million miles from the classroom! Both those who already enjoy the subject and also the confirmed science haters will all find Horrible Science is unlike any theatre production they have ever seen before – a hugely fun way to learn important new things!


horrible science

Image Ian Hilton www.ianhilton.net/theatre

This astounding show will thrill you and your children – you’ll be laughing & groaning, gasping at the special effects that seem to send giant bacteria and disgusting blobby things straight at your head, while all the time you’ll be painlessly learning many more scientific facts than you knew before!


So book your tickets today for a truly HORRIBLE experience!

For more information see www.birminghamstage.com


Horrible Science 2013 Tour


19 – 21 Sept                 Capitol Theatre Horsham                                  box office 01403 750220

24 – 28 Sept                 Everyman Theatre Cheltenham                        box office 01242 572573

1 – 5 Oct                       Grand Opera House Belfast                                 box office 028 9024 1919

8 – 12 Oct                     UCL Bloomsbury Theatre London                    box office 020 7388 8822

14 – 16 Oct                   Cliffs Pavilion Southend                                    box office 01702 351135

22 – 26 Oct                   New Theatre Hull                                              box office 01482 226655

29 Oct – 2 Nov              Fairfield Hall Croydon                                       box office 020 8688 9291

5 – 9 Nov                      Civic Theatre Darlington                                   box office 01325 486555

12 – 16 Nov                  Lighthouse Poole                                              box office 0844 406 8666

19 – 23 Nov                  New Theatre Cardiff                                          box office 029 208 78889

26 – 30 Nov                  Wyvern Theatre Swindon                                  box office 01793 524481

3 – 7 Dec                       Birmingham Town Hall                                      box office 0121 345 0603


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