Theatre Review: Relatively Speaking

Relatively Speaking. Pic: Comp
Relatively Speaking. Pic: Comp
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AT the Pleasance Courtyard, John Hinton invites us to attend a lecture at Princeton University circa 1936 with the great physicist Albert Einstein in attendance.

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Pleasance Courtyard

His able assistants on piano for the event are his first wife, second wife and mother, respectively, who provide solid support with no shortage of comic presence.

Introducing us to Einstein’s theories in a way the Johnny Ball generation might be able to grasp, Hinton hurtles through the basics using members of the audience, bed sheets and light sabres to illustrate his finer points. And then, of course, there’s the medium of song, which he uses to tell of Einstein’s moral dilemma at informing the US of Germany’s work on the H-bomb, and explore his feelings about the death of 200, 000 people at Hiroshima.

Until 26 August