September 16, 2021

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

Brainiac Live! hits the West End this week. We went to sample the stage show of this long-running TV series ...




Brainiac: Science Abuse, a long-running reality science Sky One series, is jumping off the screen and bursting onto the stage.

From Airzooka challenges to exploding a rubbish bin with liquid Nitrogen, the one-hour performances are crammed with hilarious science skits and one-off science experiments.

“We wanted to create a show that would combine the best of science and the best of entertainment,” the producer of Brainiac Live! Dan Colman said.

Colman’s desire to bring out the best of entertainment is evident in the quality of the show’s narrative and acting.

“There’s a spectrum out there of science and entertainment, and Brainiac is on the entertainment end of the spectrum,” Colman said. “The key for us is to ensure the science involved in the show is correct.”

Each skit in the theatre performance runs for about seven minutes and is centred on a specific theme. For example, one of my favourite skits involved Andy Joyce, the lead Brainiac who presents the show, being strapped into an office chair. He tests ideas based on physics, chemistry and engineering concepts to find the best way to spin his chair as many times as he can in 15 seconds.

“It’s just so much fun to be involved with,” Joyce said. “You can’t ask for anything better really.”

While the theatre performance is meant for children, adults will experience just as much amazement at the results of the science experiments and have just as much fun as the kids in the audience.

Brainiac Live! will be running Thursday 18 July to Saturday 17 August at the Palace Theatre. You can purchase tickets and find out more information about the show at

Also, check out the Airzooka on YouTube