A headshot photo of a woman that has long brown hair slicked back. The background resembles the night sky with a black sky soft yellow stars.
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A Flying Photon

Comedy • Performance
New South Wales • World Premiere
Go on a glittering and whimsical journey to meet everyone's favourite object in the universe, even if you haven't heard of it: the tiny, tiny photon. Through humour, sequins and stars, uncover a bizarre piece of quantum mechanics which brings us both a sunset and the internet.

Science show meets fringe show in this amalgamated mess of exploration and discovery, best enjoyed with wine. There will be experiments, poetry, and a deep dive into some of the best features in the cosmos, including our wonderfully radiating selves.

This is science that sparkles on all levels - from the heliosphere to our own lithosphere - that will have you celebrating colours of light you've never even seen.

Just be ready for all the puns. This is enlightening light entertainment after all!

Presented by: Rachel Rayner, Science Explainer

Rachel Rayner is a science communicator, poet and performer who has contributed to projects throughout Australia, Vietnam, the USA and South Africa.

At Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre, Rachel travelled the country presenting science shows before heading off to be the second-in-charge of the Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Bendigo. Her favourite show to write was “Grossology” despite her initial disgust. Rachel was part of the OET's Corps of Exploration, bringing oceanography to the world via live streams and broadcasts from the E/V Nautilus. She has also supported the launch of South Africa's MeerKAT (Phase 1 of the SKA project), presented science poetry at the National Arts Festival (South Africa) and published a paper on science poetry in Australia.

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