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About the show

John Hinton's Scientrilogy is back in 2018, full of music, comedy, theatre, and a whole lot of science!

Charles Darwin, working hard on his new book, receives a letter from a fellow naturalist claiming that he has come up with the idea of the origin of species, an idea that Charles has been working on for 20 years. Suddenly he must finish his work! Easily distracted, Charles begins sharing his family history, songs he has written, and some of his new discoveries. Today is no ordinary day for this extraordinary scientist.

Bring your monkeys along to this international smash-hit musical comedy that's returning to Adelaide by popular demand!

See 'Origin of Species...' as a solo performance, or with 'Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking' and 'The Element in the Room' as part of the Scientrilogy.


WINNER: Adelaide Fringe 2018 Bank SA Best Theatre Award (Week 4): John Hinton's Scientrilogy

Nominated: Best Performer; Best Show, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012

Praise for 'John Hinton's Scientrilogy: Origin of Species...' at Adelaide Fringe 2018

★★★★★ 'Whether you're a fan of these historical figures of science, or just seek great entertainment, Hinton has the shows for you. Bravo!' - The Barefoot Review

'★★★★★ ...a beautiful, humanising glimpse into the man behind the science.' - Great Scott

★★★★1/2 'Hinton has built it to a high pitch of perfection.' - The Advertiser

'No better education than that.' - Australian Stage

'A show packed with big ideas, terrible puns, brilliant physical comedy and six cracking original songs about everything from blasted boring barnacles to the perils of marrying your own cousin.' - Broadway World

★★★★ - 'It’s a voyage of fun for primates young or old.' - Pacific News

★★★★ 'There’s a lot of monkeying about in this never less than thoroughly entertaining jaunt through the story behind Darwin’s discoveries. It’s a voyage of fun for primates young or old.' - InDaily

★★★★ - Adelaide Theatre Guide

★★★★1/2 'John Hinton’s entire Scientrilogy is not to be missed.' - Daily Review

Praise for John Hinton's Scientrilogy: Origin of Species:

"★★★★★ Witty, clever, absurd, the jokes spring out at you when you least expect. Grown-ups will love it. Kids will adore it. A gem." - Broadway Baby

"★★★★ John Hinton is an absolute joy...This guy would get anyone interested in science." - Adelaide Theatre Guide

★★★★ - InDaily

★★★★★ - Musical Talk

★★★★★ - Entertainment Hive

★★★★ - The Scotsman

★★★★ - Pacific News

★★★★ - ThreeWeeks Edinburgh

★★★★ - The New Current

★★★★ - What's On Stage


Writer: John Hinton
Director: Daniel Goldman
Music: John Hinton
Charles Darwin: John Hinton

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Due to a very late change to the HST program the session dates and times for 'John Hinton's Scientrilogy' have been changed.

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Origin: UK

Rating: PG

Length: 60 minutes

Season: 2018

13 Feb - 15 Mar


Adult: $28.00
Concession: $25.00
Group: $22.00
Preview: $17.00
Child: $15.00

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Arch, Holden Street Theatres

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14 Feb - 15 Mar

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