BBC Radio 4’s Robin Ince ready for Chorley visit

Comedian and writer Robin Ince
Comedian and writer Robin Ince

For as long as he can remember, science has been his passion.

And now comedian and co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, Robin Ince, is translating his interest into a new stage show – which is due to hit the Chorley Little Theatre stage on April 19 at 8pm.

Revolving around the wonders of the world, Robin is using his Happiness Through Science tour to question if somebody can be both happy and rational at the same time.

Talking to the Chorley Guardian, he said: “It has all been inspired by the fact I loved science as a kid.

“As a teenager, science classes were quite boring, but in my 20s I rediscovered my passion for it.

“I am always reading about it – it’s wonderful.

“As soon as you start reading, you think ‘That doesn’t make sense’, and that’s what is beautiful about it.

“It covers anything in the known or unknown.”

The show was launched at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, where Robin went on to develop it into a two-hour production that appeals to a variety of different ages.

For the rest of the year, he plans to take the revived tour to a variety of venues, up and down the country.

He said: “It is my favourite show that I have ever done. I want to enthuse people, and tell the world about science.

“You don’t have to be interested in science, you just have to be interested, to enjoy it.

“I have never been to Chorley, so I am genuinely looking forward to visiting.

“I have heard a lot about the Little Theatre.”

Robin will be spending time with his audience following the show, to get feedback and to carry on a personal tradition.

“It’s great sharing ideas and sharing books,” Robin, who was inspired by comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, said. “You don’t have to have that divide between audience and performer.”

Robin, who lives in Berkhamstead with his wife and son, already has a jam-packed agenda for the rest of 2012.

He has now started writing material for his next tour, which will be based solely on Charles Darwin, and he is looking forward to taking part in many summer festivals.

Tickets for Robin’s one-man show are priced at £12 and £10 for concessions.

To book ring 01257 264362, and for more information visit www.robinince.com.