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Mark Thompson’s award winning Spectacular Science Show comes to Komedia

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You think science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen it before. Designed for children and adults alike, Mark’s Spectacular Science Show explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies! We chat to Mark ahead of his show at Komedia on 15th April, pus you can win two tickets.

We are looking forward to seeing you come to Komedia Bath, for with your Spectacular Science tour. What can audiences expect to see from the show?

 

Audiences can expect an afternoon of fun and entertaining science, not often words that are uttered together but I love to make science fun especially for children. During the show there will be explosions, chemical reactions, flying toilet paper and a howling jelly baby!  As I setup and perform the experiments I will share little bits of science so the audience can learn a little without even knowing it. 
 

Was star-gazing always your first love and was there a particular moment in your life that made you think you wanted to make a career of it?

 

Yes absolutely. I was ten when I saw Saturn through a telescope and that got me hooked. Even today I still get goosebumps when I see planets through telescopes. There is nothing quite like seeing them with your own eyes, for real.
 

Does science, and especially the universe still amaze you now?


100% yes.  I think I have become even more amazed by it as I have got older. Understanding a little of the science about the world and Universe makes it even more amazing and I still can easily lose hours just standing outside looking up at the universe stretched out before me. 

"Even today I still get goosebumps when I see planets through telescopes. There is nothing quite like seeing them with your own eyes, for real."

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What would you give to be one of the crew going back to the moon for the first time in 50 years?

 

Haha I’m not too sure I would give anything. I’m a bit of a woos when it comes to fairground rides so not sure I would be happy to be strapped into a rocket! That said, I think I would go if I was given a freebie. (Elon Musk, hope you are reading this) 
 

Is the Spectacular Science show aimed to encourage and excite younger audiences into the world of science?

 

Yes that is exactly its purpose. I have given ‘grown up’ lectures for years and tried to find a way to get kids engaged with science. It’s difficult for primary school teachers to do so I want to give kids a moment, like I had when I saw Saturn, when they too can have a spark ignited with a passion about science that stays with them for the rest of their lives.
 

How much work goes on before the evenings show to make sure all the experience are going to work, or be ready to work?

 

Quite a lot! It takes me about 3 hours to prepare for a show (about an hour before I arrive and then two hours on stage getting the show setup).  To think about 3 hours is spent setting up and then about an hour and half de-rigging after show is four and a half hours for an hour and a half show! 
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Image credit Steve Ullathorne

As we enter into the Spring, is there anything in the night skies that we can look out for?

There is always something to look for in the sky and the Spring is a great time to lookout for the Milky Way. We live inside a spiral galaxy and the Milky Way is the combined light coming from all the stars in our Galaxy.  It looks beautiful arching across the sky.
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I understand you took the show to the Edinburgh Festival this year. How was the show received and what did you think of the festival?

 

The show was conceived for the Edinburgh Fringe. I tried a format that I called ’Space Cadets’ some years ago, it was terrible. The following year I decided to try an hour of science experiments and its been a regular at the Fringe ever since selling out at most performances.

 

You must love the reaction of the kids in the audience when you do the experiments. Are there any new ones you would like to try, or are planning to do that you haven’t done yet?

 

I’m always thinking about new experiments that I can put in the show and have changed them slowly over the years.  The show I perform now is different to the show I performed that first year at the Edinburgh Fringe.  There are one or two that I am working upon that include, of course fire and lasers.. Who can’t be excited about that. For now though, they are totally under wraps.

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two tickets to see Mark Thompson's  Spectacular Science Show at Komedia Bath on 15th April.  For a chance to win, simply click the link below and follow the steps...

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