Truly joyful exploration of seminal figure in chemistry

John Hinton as Marie Curie in The Element in the Room.
John Hinton as Marie Curie in The Element in the Room.
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The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy About The Death and Life of Marie Curie, The Civic Barnsley

Following smash hit musical comedies about Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, multi-award-winning Tangram Theatre Company return to take on ‘queen of radioactivity’ Marie Curie. Promising a treat for nerds and newcomers alike, The Element In The Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy About The Death And Life Of Marie Curie performing at The Civic this Thursday March 31.

An adventurous musical-comedy-road-movie, the show follows Curie’s real-life journey across the USA to find a single gram of radium to continue her research.

Featuring incredible scientific breakthroughs, very silly songs and an audience-participation radioactive decay chain, this is an exuberant celebration of the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, whose work continues to affect our lives today.

The Element in the Roomis written and performed by a cross-dressing John Hinton as Marie Curie in yet another shape-shifting tour-de-force performance, alongside Jo Eagle as Curie’s husband Pierre. The show is directed by Lecoq-trained Tangram Theatre Company artistic director Daniel Goldman, co-director of Caroline Horton’s Olivier Award nominated You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy. The show completes the company’s musical ‘Scientrilogy’, performances which have joyfully, irreverently explored seminal figures in biology, physics and chemistry.

The Element In The Room is on at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 or £10 concessions. Visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call 01226 327000.