Thursday, May 08, 2008


Braniac Live

If you like the TV show then you are obviously going to be curious about what parts can be transported to the stage in a theatre. The obvious answer is not a huge amount but you have to give them credit for trying. Space and time are limited so anything large or which requires a while to complete is out. Also risk to the public must be almost zero so no explodimng caravans. OK, so they started the show by blowing up a caravan but it wasn't a real caravan being destroyed with anything dangerous.

Fundamentally, unlike the heavy-science and adult-oriented TV show (need I mention Professor Myung Li?), the Live performance is aimed at kids. Parents are there to either keep the children in line or be victims to the messier experiments. Take the debunking of the "tapping a dropped fizzy bottle settles the bubbles" myth (boy, there are some stupid people in the world) where a grown-up in a protective suit had to share a shower cubicle with a coke can shaken up by most of the audience. Which contrasts with the tomato ketchup experiment where children poured red liquid over the heads of Brainiacs.

This isn't to say I didn't find it fun but expectations were high because of the TV show's ability to destroy the big stuff - and I do appreciate destruction on a large scale.


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