Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness
Soho Playhouse Inc
Assembly George Square Studios
Baba Brinkman gives a new meaning to the term pop science. He attempts to explain some of the most difficult issues confronting scientists today to laymen via the medium of rap music.
This really does what it says on the tin. The Canadian analyses and explains his subject using science, philosophy and the wisdom of his wife, who just happens to be a neuroscientist.
In his résumé of consciousness, Brinkman not only provides food for thought but uses thought as the food to nourish his presentation.
His intelligence is fearsome as demonstrated by a freestyle rap with which he closes the hour, using concepts thrown in by audience members, but he also exudes a wicked sense of fun, which consistently shines through.
The series of raps peaks for this reviewer with one using his baby son Dylan to explore the unconscious and one considering the way that artificial intelligence is beginning to mirror and may eventually overtake our small brains.
This is a challenging show that makes good use of multimedia and educates as much as it entertains.
Reviewer: Philip Fisher