The shellfish gene?

Packed full of terrible puns, big ideas and original songs, an international hit show telling the remarkable story of how Charles Darwin discovered the secrets of evolution visits the county this winter. Tangram Theatre Company’s production of ‘The Origin of Species: A Musical Comedy about Charles Darwin’ looks at our very own Shropshire scientist in a completely new way.

Charles is hard at work on his new book about barnacles, and to boost sales his publisher has invited viewers to watch him work. Being easily distracted, he begins sharing his family history, songs he has written and crusty facts about barnacles! He then receives a letter from a fellow naturalist claiming he’s come up with an groundbreaking idea about the origin of species – an idea Charles has been working on for 20 years…

This solo comic show was described by The Stage as “remarkably inventive, thoroughly entertaining… 19th century science can rarely have been so fascinating and never so much fun.”

Darwin and co arrive at Harley Village Hall on Saturday 15 February. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from or by calling 01952 510422.


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