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Revolutionary science comedy show to launch in Malvern

A revolutionary new science comedy show is being launched as part of this year's Malvern Festival of Innovation.

The Ministry of Sense: Hunting the Higgs, is the first show of its kind and will allow the audience to solve problems, collect and analyse data from the Large Hadron Collider using their own smartphones and tablets and even Skype an active physicist at CERN, live.

The show is the brainchild of a group of award winning scientists and science communicators. It is being launched on Saturday (October 10) at Malvern Theatres as part of the Festival of Innovation's Family Show.

Dr Sam Gregson, one of the show's creators, said: "The event puts the public in charge of making one of science's greatest and most exciting discoveries. The audience will be at the cutting edge of science and the progress of the field will rest in their hands as the Large Hadron Collider's latest recruits. Most shows don't want you to have your phones with you but we aren't like most shows, so please bring your smartphone or tablet to take part in the interactive games throughout."

The Family Show also features a talk by Dr Kate Lancaster on the promise of nuclear fusion as a future source of energy. Both shows are tickets and are available from the Malvern Theatres box office.

There will also be a free exhibition running between 10am and 4.30pm in the foyer of the theatre featuring Raspberry Pis, microscopy demonstrations, physics demonstrations, 3D printers, robot demonstrations and historical artefacts showcasing Malvern's scientific heritage.

Dr Adrian Burden, founder of the Malvern Festival of Innovation, said: "This is a fantastic double-bill for families of Herefordshire and Worcestershire interested in science and technology to enjoy.  It is made all the more exciting having the launch of the new interactive show Hunting the Higgs as it begins its UK tour."

To book tickets for the Family Show visit www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events/event/tiny-particles-big-impact/ or call the box office on 01684 892 277. For more information on the festival visit www.festival-innovation.com