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Holden Street Theatres in Assoc. With Tangram Theatre Company Presents

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy About the Death and Life of Marie Curie

“I'm not really Marie Curie, I'm a man named John and I’ve just shaved really closely and put a dress on.”

Following smash hit musical comedies about Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, multi-award-winning Tangram Theatre Company returns for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe to take on the ‘queen of radioactivity' Marie Curie. Promising a treat for nerds and newcomers alike in The Element in the Room: A radioactive Musical Comedy About the Death and Life of Marie Curie.

This adventurous musical-comedy-road-movie follows Curie's real-life journey across the USA to find a single gram of radium to continue her research. Featuring incredible scientific breakthroughs, very silly songs and an audience-participation radioactive decay chain, this is an exuberant celebration of the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, whose work continues to affect our lives today.

Cast & Company

Actor playing Marie Curie - John Hinton

Actor playing Pierre Curie - Jo Eagle

Director - Daniel Goldman

Producers - Jolie Booth (UK & AUS) & Holden Street Theatres (AUS)

Peer reviewed by Sussex University


★★★★★ InDaily

★★★★★ Great Scott Media

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Theatre Guide

★★★★1/2 The Clothesline

★★★★ Rip It Up

★★★★ The Advertiser


★★★★★ “It's clever, heartfelt and it’s made me the most excited I've been about science in years.” - Broadway Baby

★★★★★ “An intelligent, funny and ultimately thought-provoking delight” - Musical Talk

★★★★ “Utterly accessible and engaging on multiple levels” - The Times UK

★★★★ “Solidly entertaining as well as gently educational”- Fringe Guru


John Hinton - Actor, Writer

John Hinton is an actor, director, teacher, science communicator, playwright, juggler, theatre practitioner and singer-songwriter, but above all, Hinton is a storyteller. For the past seven years, Hinton has been touring internationally with his solo musical comedies about scientists.

The Element in the Room: A radioactive Musical Comedy About the Death and Life of Marie Curie, completes the company's musical 'Scientrilogy', including Off West End Award-winner ALBERT EINSTEIN: RELATIVITIVELY SPEAKING (2013) and THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES … (2009). Joyfully and irreverently exploring seminal figures in biology, physics and now chemistry, they are peer-reviewed by University of Sussex professors and have toured to over 20,000 delighted audience members in the UK and internationally.

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Season: 2016


11th - 13th & 27th @ 8:00 pm

13th, 14th, 20th, 27th & 28th @ 2:30 pm

16th, 18th-21st & 23rd-26th @ 6:30 pm

16th @ 11:00 am


1st - 6th @ 8:00 pm

5th, 6th & 11th @ 2:30 pm

9th & 11th @ 1:00 pm

9th, 10th& 12th @ 6:30 pm


Adult: $26.00, BankSA Customer: $22.00, Concession: $22.00, Group 6+: $22.00

Honey Pot, TREv: $21.00, Yep!: $15.00

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Arch, Holden Street Theatres

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