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Comedy show looks at engineering in a new light

25 September 2012

Supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, a new show, Humans v Nature: Engineering FTW, takes a humorous look at engineering at a London venue this week.

Fresh from a two-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show receives its London premiere on 27 September at the Phoenix pub on Cavendish Square. Written by and starring writers and performers Matt Parker and Timandra Harkness, it follows on from their successful maths-based comedy Your Days Are Numbered: The maths of death.

Humans V Nature is part of a growing trend to bring science and engineering to life using comedy. Along with the Academy's other public engagement activities, such as the Ingenious grant scheme, it is part of a wider drive to engage new audiences with engineering innovation in creative ways.

Timandra Harkness says: "The show is a series of themes - we start with the obstacle and look at how engineering has helped us to overcome it. For example, gravity. For thousands of years people tried to find ways to fly like birds. Then we tried filling a bag with a gas that seemed to float and voilà - the hot air balloon was born. Within two years of the first humans leaving the ground under control, someone had flown across the English Channel. Two hundred years later, we were on the moon."

The Academy's Head of Communications and Engagement, Dr Lesley Paterson, says: "The Royal Academy of Engineering is excited to be supporting Humans V Nature, which has already had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Using comedy to engage audiences with engineering is a new venture for the Academy, but one which will provide a fresh take on an exciting subject as well as offering a few laughs along the way."

Humans V Nature: Engineering FTW - Thursday 27 Sep 2012 at 19:30 - The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP 

£7/£5 concessions. Tickets available here  (in advance or on the door).


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