WINDOW Profile: Ensonglopedia of Animals

Our 10 selected WINDOW companies for Brighton Fringe 2018 have now been announced! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be interviewing each of the companies. This week we introduce John Hinton and his show ‘Ensonglopedia of Animals’. 

What is your event about?

Ensonglopedia of Animals is about…well, animals. Twenty-six animal species to be precise, one for each letter of the alphabet. 

Why did you decide to make it?

Who doesn’t love animals? And who doesn’t love discovering animals they never knew existed? I’ve made so many amazing discoveries while making this show that I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share for the first time with the audience in Brighton. I make shows because I want to learn stuff. If I can share that knowledge with others, that’s a bonus. If those people happen to be in my home town of Brighton, double-bonus!

Who should see your show? 

Ensonglopedia of Animals will be enjoyed by pretty much anyone from age five upwards, particularly those who like music and those who like finding out new things about the world we live in.

What should audience members expect?

Well, if you expect ‘Z’ to stand for ‘zebra’, or ‘D’ to stand for ‘dog’, expect to be surprised. Expect creepy crawlies with two hundred and fifty legs. Expect real-life actual unicorns. Expect beetles who pretend to be bees. Expect sea creatures who look like chocolate chip cookies. Expect bears that are smaller than a grain of sand. Expect catchy songs and ridiculous dances and silly hats. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme.

What are the technical requirements of the event?

Ensonglopedia of Animals works best with an end-on auditorium, so the projections can be seen by everyone. We are able to bring almost all requirements with us, but if the space has its own lights, or PA, or projector, or haze machine, we’ll probably use them. We are very used to adapting our shows to both low-tech and high-tech environments.

What are your plans post-Brighton Fringe, with this or other work?

I’m touring my many science shows almost constantly, and I’m equally excited about bringing new shows to audiences who have seen earlier shows, and about finding entirely new audiences with each new show. I’m writing these words in Australia, where a theatre has kindly taken a punt on flying some of my earlier shows over. I hope to keep discovering different corners of the world, and I hope to keep making new work, writing new songs, and learning new facts about the world and Universe, for as long as I possibly can.

What does it mean to you to be selected for WINDOW?

It’s just a great honour to be chosen from so many shows at such a strong festival. This is something like my sixth time bringing a show to Brighton Fringe, so it’s particularly gratifying to know that people are noticing what I’m doing.

What do you hope to gain from inclusion in WINDOW?

I just want to reach as many people as possible, so if five more people come walking through the door because of WINDOW, or if one more venue shows an interest in booking the show at their venue, then it’ll put a smile on my face.


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