Preview: Horrible Science at @grandoperahouse

Horrible Science
Grand Opera House Belfast
Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th October 2013.

The series of ‘Horrible’ shows that have visited the Grand Opera House over the years and the ‘Horrible’ programmes on television, have fascinated both children and adults. I learned more than I never knew when I met the King of Bling – Charles ll, the Spartans, Cleopatra and the Egyptians, plus the rest, all giving historical facts in song, rap, colour, blood and gore and a lot of fun; point is you remember.

Now the latest to come to Belfast is ‘The Horrible Science Show’. Forget the boring science class and meet over-grown school boy Billy Miller who is on a mission to save the world, he’s up against the all-powerful computer TIM who is set take over and destroy the earth. Billy meets six foot tall bacteria, vicious volts and foul fluids, not to mention confrontations with gravity, electricity and magnetism. In dealing with these frightening things he, and we, learn. But the big question is, will he regain control of TIM before it’s to late?

Mad scientists and Baron Frankenstein all put in an appearance plus 3D Bogglevision who will answer the wildest questions like, why do we produce enough spit in a lifetime to fill 100 baths? And, is it dangerous to pick your nose?

These productions are based on the best-selling books by Nick Arnold and although basically for children, the Horrible Shows are fascinating for all generations. They don’t pull any punches, I once watched an Egyptian being mummified, gruesome but I now know how to do it!

This might sound scary for children but the Birmingham Stage Company and director Phil Clark will present a fascinating show suitable for the family and children aged 6+. Importantly, the content covers much of the Key Stage 2 science curriculum.

Visually spectacular, plenty of music and audience participation, the cast includes Alison Fitzjohn, Iain Ridley, Gary Wilson and Amanda Wright.

Details of schools discount, education packs, times and prices of morning, matinee and evening performances at

Preview by Anne Hailes


Post Author: Belfast Times

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