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What's the Matter?

by The Last Baguette theatre company

theatre, comedy

A quantum comedy about love in the subatomic world

about the production

As seen at the British Science Festival, a sci-fi adventure through the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics. Featuring physical comedy, scientific slapstick, and a search for Schrodinger’s cat. Be prepared for a very silly show about a very intelligent subject. The show is 70 minutes long and is performed by two actors and an overhead projector with original artwork. Written by Tiffany Woodsmith (winner of the Sunday Times playwriting award 2004, dramaturg for The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha - The Stage Award winner 2014), developed with funding from Arts Council England. Ages 8 to 108

about the artist

The Last Baguette theatre company makes entertaining, accessible and eccentric work for family audiences. The company was formed from a shared love of theatre, bakery and humour in Paris by graduates of the Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq schools.

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stage dimensions

width: 6 metres

height: 3 metres

depth: 5 metres

The show can be performed in a theatre, community hall, lecture theatre or similar, if the space meets the following requirements:

Minimum Stage Area: 6m width x 5m depth of clear, flat floor space - can be raised or at ground level
Minimum height: 3m
Blackout: Near blackout required
Lighting and sound: the company can bring own lighting and sound equipment if required
Power sockets: 4 or 5 power sockets needed for lighting and sound
Dressing room: we need a small room for changing and storage
Get-in time: 5 hours
Get-out time: 1 hour
Parking: 1 van and 1 car

Suitable for ages 8 to 108, the show has recently been performed at the British Science Festival, and at arts and science venues around the Southwest, including Salisbury Arts Centre, Sidmouth Science Festival and The Pound Arts Centre.

‘What’s the Matter?’ is a highly entertaining piece of original comedy theatre. It’s captivating whether you know nothing about physics, or everything there is to know. The Last Baguette are an innovative and warm company who I am always delighted to work with.

Sophie Moysey, The Pound arts centre, Corsham.

The gags roll one after another - the laugher is non-stop

Reg’Arts magazine, Paris, on Dracula

What a great show last Saturday. Thank you ever so much. Your portrayal of electrical charge, quantum mechanics and probability was fantastic.

Bob Miles, Sidmouth Science Festival

The show can be accompanied by one of two workshops: a theatre workshop exploring physical characterisation and comedy, or a science-based walk-up workshop involving fun, simple physics experiments including Balloon Kebabs and Straw Oboes.

Basic fee for the show: £450 per show, plus transport and accommodation costs. These vary according to the distance we have to travel from our base in North Wiltshire, and whether we need to stay overnight, so please contact us for a quote.