Holden Street Theatres
Until 17 Mar 2018

Review by Maggie Wood

John Hinton’s Albert Einstein revisits Adelaide this time with a difference – as one show in a trilogy that also covers Marie Curie and Charles Darwin. But for the moment let’s concentrate on Albert.

His portrayal of the eccentric scientist is delightful. With a huge sense of play he sets out to not only educate us but also help us to understand the intricacies of both the general and relative theories of relativity – and by George he actually succeeded!

The hour speeds away as we follow the true origin of his E=MC² equation and the terrible outcome it held for the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We see the effect it had on the scientist. But these sad moments are few and far between, in the hustle of crowd interaction, audience volunteers and comedic physical analogies to explain complicated scientific principles.

The show is an utter delight. This reviewer actually reviewed this same show when it was performed at the 2014 Fringe, and not only was it very pleasurable to revisit it, but also to see it had improved even further. The one downside being that Albert’s strong German accent sometimes obscured the words, but that is a small concern.

If there had been teachers like Hinton at school, we would be producing so many more scientists. His songs and rap routines lift and convey the material with such fun and clarity, such positivity, and the clear expectation that everyone should be able to understand these principles if they are taught in the right way.

Top notch show!

Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)