Before Dara O’Briain (pronounced “O’Breeeeen”) became a professional comedian he was interested in science. When he was 14 years old, he was intrigued when his math teacher unexpectedly began teaching the class some physics including the theory of relativity and introduced them to black holes**. So at university, he studied math and physics, which he says was more difficult than being on stage doing debating AND getting laughs. So in his own words “that was that’ and he became a standup comic. He developed a TV series called Dara O’Briain’s Science Club on the BBC that won the best TV general program award at the 2013 European Science TV New Media Award. We are reprising two of his entertaining and VERY FUNNY cartoons about important scientific topics at the festival this year in the Children’s area. They are entitled “The DoDo’s Guide to Extinction” and “The Story of Exploration”. Without getting too serious, but given the Climate Emergency and the 50 year anniversary of the moon landing this year, these scientific topics are very relevant today.
**”Remember Professor Stephen Hawking and his book entitled “A Brief History of Time”.”