A ship full of Helens and other news…

I’ve just sent one of my infrequent newsletters (read it here) featuring such excellent events as “The Night That Launched A Thousand Ships” – my fundraiser full of science, stories, sea-faring and Helens on the Cutty Sark – and more live shows coming up soon.

You can also read the latest news about our Podcast of Unnecessary Detail, get a discount on Spoken Nerd DVD if you work in education, hear about my periodic table of puns and how I persuaded an actor to dress up as a motivational Zumba giraffe at the Natural History Museum and perform my “Evolution Disco” show last month.

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Helen Scales, Helen Czerski, Helen McDonald, Helen Farr, Helen Pilcher and Natalie Haynes on the Cutty Sark this Sunday night
Janina Smith as a giraffe

Our new show is out on DVD, download and… floppy disk…?

Yes, it’s finally here! You Can’t Polish A Nerd is now available to buy in multiple formats from the Spoken Nerd shop, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store, YouTube Movies, Xbox and Maths Gear.

Head here to get your copy!

We’re incredibly proud of how it’s turned out, after 18 months of throwing everything we’ve got at the production. And yes, we really have released the show across 227 limited edition floppy disks… you can still buy an individual 3.5 inch disk with a unique numbered 30 seconds of the show, a special presentation version of the DVD booklet, and an HD download of the show so you can actually watch it.  But you have to be quick – stocks are running low, and once all 227 are gone, they’re all gone!

I am become art!

Or more accurately, my voice has been incorporated into an artwork by my friend and artist Yu-Chen Wang in collaboration with CERN.

I am sort of the voice of the bubble chamber… if you want to understand what I mean, you can go see it now in the Broken Symmetries exhibition at FACT in Liverpool. It’s touring later in 2019 to a host of other cities including Brussels and Barcelona.

Domestic Science on air tonight, Soho Theatre and US book launch in March

Lots of news for February… Series 2 of our experimental (literally) Radio 4 show Domestic Science airs tonight at 11pm and for the next three Wednesdays, and we’re back at Soho Theatre for 7 nights in March. Also our fabulous book The Element In The Room is released in North America.

All that and more, like a Cambridge Science Festival of Did The Victorians Ruin The World? and lots of Evenings of Unnecessary Detail, in my email newsletter here. Sign up to get it in your inbox every month* on this link!

* Who am I kidding? It’ll be every other month at most.

More Soho Theatre shows, radio try-outs and discover badass physicist & inventor Hertha Ayrton

New year, new news!

With seven nights at Soho Theatre in March, a new series of our Radio show, more from An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail and a Great Lives documentary about my current favourite physicist, inventor (and Marie Curie’s penpal) Hertha Ayrton… 2018 is looking busy already, so here’s a little summary of what’s in store.

You Can’t Polish A Nerd – the 2017 tour.

YCPAN_text_landscape_RosemaryRanceOur new Festival of the Spoken Nerd tour is on sale, with tickets racing out the door from Exeter to Durham, Norwich to Southampton, Lancaster to Cambridge. Plus one final night at the Duchess Theatre on London’s sparkling West End.

Don’t miss your chance to see our all-new show, featuring radioactive bananas, gravitational waves, inter-dimensional high-fives and a whole heap of Pi.

Tickets are available from the Spoken Nerd website.

 

Did The Victorians Ruin The World? On Radio 4 all this week…

It’s finally here! The radio series I wrote with my sister, Dr Kat Arney, about whether the Victorians were really that ingenious, is out on BBC Radio 4 all this week. Collect all five episodes, from Squirrels and Cars to Beards, Darwinism and Water Flushing Toilets.

Links to hear each episode live – and listen again for 28 days after – are in my latest newsletter.

Along with details about our new Festival of the Spoken Nerd DVD recording at The Albany Theatre in Deptford – Just For Graphs – on 6th and 8th May.

Buy tickets for the recordings – and pre-order the DVD and download – now!

 

CREDIT: Kitty Walker

CREDIT: Kitty Walker

 

 

 

 

News news news! QI, Soho Theatre and new “Elements” song

cover2It’s been a busy few months… too busy to update this page, so here’s a link to my latest newsletter.

Highlights include our BBC Two debut as Festival of the Spoken Nerd, in the new series of QI – bringing three electrifying experiments to try out on the panel.

Also our ten-night run at the Soho Theatre starts in just under a month and runs from 11th to 21st January, with the best of Festival of the Spoken Nerd’s last two tours. Plus a very special concert for families that I’m hosting for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

And online I’ve re-recorded Tom Lehrer’s “Elements” with the 16 elements he didn’t know about when he wrote the song in 1959. They even rhyme!

Read it all here.

 

I Solve London’s Problems (for Time Out)

London ProblemsHere’s me in a recent issue of Time Out London, solving problems for my fellow capital city-dwellers using a dash of science.

You can hear more problems being solved by me, Matt and Steve in “Domestic Science”, our new Radio 4 comedy show! Broadcasts start next Wednesday 20th July and all the details are here.

Tune in live at 11.15pm or listen & download afterwards. It’s a treat for your ears, and you might (possibly) learn something too.