THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION OR THE SURVIVAL OF (R)EVOLUTIONARY THEORIES IN THE FACE OF SCIENTIFIC AND ECCLESIASTICAL OBJECTIONS: BEING A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882)
by John Hinton
Charles Darwin is hard at work on his new book about barnacles. To boost sales, his publisher has invited you young and not so young naturalists to watch him at work. Easily distracted, Charles begins sharing his family history, songs he has written and some of his new discoveries about barnacles. However today is about to prove to be no ordinary day.
Charles receives a letter from a fellow naturalist claiming that he has come up with the idea of the origin of species, an idea Charles has been working on for 20 years. Suddenly, he must finish his book!
Directed by Daniel Goldman
Performed by John Hinton
Music and lyrics by John Hinton
Remarkably inventive, thoroughly entertaining…and a delightful entertainment that somehow carries more weight than you'd expect from a solo comic show. 19th century science can rarely have been so fascinating and never so much fun.
The Stage Must See
Witty, clever, absurd, the jokes spring out at you when you least expect. Grown-ups will love it. Kids will adore it. A gem.
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
John Hinton is an absolute joy... You can’t help thinking: this guy would get anyone interested in science.
★★★★ Adelaide Theatre Guide
A great, great show...very funny...a romp with a sophisticated foundation.
★★★★★ Musical Talk
Gloriously fun and accessible...A charming load of monkey business that will make you oo-oo-oo out loud!”
★★★★ Three Weeks
You can’t fault Hinton’s energy, enthusiasm and blindingly shiny smile, nor the standing ovation he gets from audience members at the end of the show.
★★★★ What’s on Stage
So damn brilliant... If only high school history had been so much fun.
★★★★★ Adelaide Entertainment Hive
John Hinton is simply wonderful to watch.
★★★★ The New Current
Brings Darwin to life for 21st Century audiences
WINNER - THREE WEEKS EDITORS EDFRINGE AWARD
WINNER - ADELAIDE FRINGE AWARD