Children’s show review: The Periodic Fable
Children’s show review: The Periodic Fable

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Periodic Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ “You don’t need a beard to be a scientist,” declare Karen Fraser and Erin McCardie, appearing as themselves and tapping timeously into the recent furore about women apparently being too attractive to function in the lab. Not that their …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Periodic Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock

★★★

“You don’t need a beard to be a scientist,” declare Karen Fraser and Erin McCardie, appearing as themselves and tapping timeously into the recent furore about women apparently being too attractive to function in the lab. Not that their youthful target audience will have been keeping an eye on current affairs and twitterstorms, but parents will still appreciate that this is a show with a sharply-observed positive message for all kids about equality in the workplace. Beyond that, it’s no Nina and the Neurons, but there’s enough science-related fun to be had to call it an educational experience.

Promising ‘panto science’, the cheery and likable Karen and Erin – the pair are both “rockin’ in my labcoat with my PhD”, as one of a few songs in their repertoire goes – have to keep their precious lab book safe from Bruce Morton’s sexist scientist nemesis, who doesn’t believe women should be in the lab. “No peeking!” scream the kids gleefully as he gets close to the book, and in amongst science-based capers and jokes there are nice set-pieces when the duo make ‘clouds’ out of powder-filled air cannons, hook one volunteer up to the ‘Van Der Giraffe’ generator and lead glowstick wielding children in a race around a well-realised ‘ocean’ of seats.

Assembly Rooms (Venue 20)

Published in The Scotsman

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