Presented by Marty McBubble
Reviewed 4 March 2018
Marty McBubble is a bubble-ologist. He knows all about the chemical construction of bubbles and in The Scientific Bubble Show, he presents the basic science in a way that is perfect for young children. He makes all sorts of bubbles, but even when the frame is a square or triangle, the bubble emerges as a sphere because bubbles are like children: they always follow the rules (parents can insert an expression of amused scepticism here).
Tandanya theatre is a great venue for the show. Unlike some of the other bubble shows held in tents, the staggered and raised seating provided a great view for all. The fact that Marty was on the stage out the front of the audience also meant unsuspecting parents were not subject to a constant dousing of bubble juice (can you tell I reviewed different bubble shows last year?!). Staying dry equals an added bonus for parents!
Needless to say, there were all sorts of bubbles: small, medium and gigantic bubbles. There were wobbly bubbles on a plate, spatterings of bubble “snow”, a cube bubble inside a conglomeration of other bubbles, smoke-filled bubbles, helium bubbles that floated to the roof, a caterpillar bubble and a merry-go-round trick. Mr McBubble put children inside gigantic bubbles, made rainbow arcs over two children, and had a good dose of audience participation. A note on this: kids near the front were those chosen to come up on stage. If your child is the sort who likes to ‘have a turn’, put them near the front.
As a parent of young children, I’ve seen a bunch of bubble shows. This one was the most professional I’ve seen to date; the performer was assured and professional with a great stage presence and easy humour. Tandanya is comfortable and cool and basically, this is a wonderful bubble show for young children. Forty-five minutes was the perfect length for younger kids, and the inclusion of the science makes it great for primary school kids as well.
Reviewed by Sam Bond
Rating out of 5: 4.5
Venue: Tandanya Theatre, 253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Season: 4, 11 and 18 March
Duration: 45 minutes