“Full on out and proud Nerd” – Festival of The Spoken Nerd

Published On February 24, 2014 | By Emily Snowden | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

The Old Market
February 22nd 2014 

A talented trio of scientists turned comedians put on a witty performance at Brighton’s The Old Market on Saturday night. Festival of the Spoken Nerd certainly did not disappoint in living up to its namesake: Reader, I warn you, this wasn’t just nerdy, this was full on out and proud nerd. The show was so nerdy it bordered on nerd fetishism, top-rack-of-the-newsagent nerd.

The Old Market was packed to the rafters as this is a very popular show. The audience was varied but on this particular night it seemed to be dominated by a large proportion of young trendy science teachers (maybe because it was the end of half term) who guffawed throughout the show.

Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker taught us that digital photographs are actually just spreadsheets. When you take a photo, your camera measures the amount of red, green and blue light hitting each pixel, ranks them on a scale from 0 to 255 and then records those values as a spreadsheet.  Steve Mould , master of experiments, set fire to a pickle to show us how brightly the salty snack could emit its own light (who knew?!) and songstress Helen Arney attempted to shatter a glass by singing at it, in the perfect pitch. Helen performed funny songs and witty ditties throughout the performance which meant the show kept up a good pace and a perfect mix of dry science and intelligent wit.

With over a million views on YouTube for their experiments, being able to see the performance live was a privilege, highly recommended.


About The Writer

Emily currently works in international development and has an interest in innovative and new projects that support development of the poorest communities all over the world. Emily has been a blogger and writer for Amnesty International, Time Out and The Leeds Guide. Originally from Yorkshire she has lived in London and all over the world and is currently happily living by the sea in Brighton.