It is Rocket Science! V2 – Helen Keen

***

3 Stars

Is Helen Keen a geek? I don’t know but she announces that the show is a stand-up lecture on Rocket Science and she collects stamps!!  Specifically space stamps!! Well I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

What I will tell you that this bubbly lady is certainly entertaining and I’m sure the near capacity audience would agree with me.

She sought a volunteer to play Patrick Moore and a rather too eager punter played up the role, the audience was divided as per the cold war days and we were off, blasting away as with simple shadow puppetry a few illustrations on an easel, Ms keen doesn’t waste her budget on technology, we do more or less get a well researched lecture on her passion of space and rockets.

Now I’m no space freak, in any shape or size, and yet I found myself dragged into this show and reacting as others more subject material literate than I were.

I don’t think there is any doubt Ms Keen can entertain, her humour is gentle and non-confrontational and this show, V2, suggests there was a V1 which I missed, is soon to be launched into a Radio 4 series.

So for the chance to see it ‘live’ before blast off, the Balcony at The Gilded Balloon is the place to be.

***

Reviewed by Geoff

Gilded Balloon Balcony V 14

6 to 30 August

13-15 to 14-15

Fringe Brochure P 73

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