The Energy Show review by My Family Ties

Presented by The Science Museum  – The Energy Show

Derngate Theatre, Northampton
We went to see The Energy Show at the Derngate Theatre, Northampton this week and the girls were so exited about going.
Let’s blow some thing up!
Lab-assistant Bernard
The set looked like a huge workshop full of gadgets and draws full of more gadgets and equipment, with a huge TV screen looking out to us the audience.
The Set
An announcement was made before we entered the theatre to let us know to switch off our phones in-case they got scrambled with all the experiments, and this led to some frantic searching for our phones,  as our girls made sure we followed orders and turned them off, just in case.  This set the anticipation up very well and started the evening off with the girls on the edge of their seats waiting to see what would unfold next.

Learning about liquid nitrogen
There was plenty of funny antics from the two main characters, Annabella  and Philomena, who were helped on their quest by the silent but funny Bernard, who was their lad assistant.  
Plenty of fun to be had at the Derngate with The Energy Show
We needn’t have been worried that the girls would be bored as there was plenty to see, not only was there plenty of storyline and funny bits for the kids (and adults) to enjoy but also there were lots of experiments with fire, noise and big bangs to see.
Fun and games with exploding balloons
If your kids are keen on science, learning more about making fireballs, methane bubbles, having rockets fired into the audience and learning lots of interesting facts about energy in all different forms, this is the show for them.
Wonderful energy experiments captivating the audience
Another dimension to the show was the fantastic i-nstein, the virtual lab-assistant, which we saw via the giant TV screen, there was plenty of interaction between the cast members and i-nstein and it added something different to capture the audience’s attention.
Fabulous fun with The Energy Show cast
The show ran for 75 minutes and I was really encouraged by the fact both my girls loved the whole performance, they were captivated by all the different visuals and sounds, and once the performance had ended were asking right away to re-book for another look.
As I have mentioned on my blog Siobhan my 14 year old daughter has Autism and I was slightly concerned that all the loud noises and flashing lights may be a bit of a sensory overload for her.  Siobhan was even saying at the top of the show that she really was looking forward to it but worried about the loud noises.  
But we need not of worried as, although loud, there was plenty of warning to ‘put your fingers in your ears now’ and this warning was great not only for Siobhan but her sister too.  
The complete joy on my daughter’s faces was all I needed to know it had been the right choice in choosing this show, and I would thoroughly recommend it if you have kids who have an inquisitive mind and want a fun way to learn a bit about different sources of energy. 
A great night out for the family


  1. June 26, 2014 / 9:19 am

    This sounds entertaining and educational – the best of both x

  2. August 6, 2014 / 5:53 am

    Thanks for the review – looked an interesting day out!