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“Mayonnaise” or the physicochemical vaudeville on the difficult love affair between a red cabbage and a water droplet

Idea by Marie-Claude Vitorge   |   added on Jul 26, 2010 01:26PM Suggestion Suggestion
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It is a theatre play because the text is written with real dramaturgy and staging, it is a scientific one because science and chemistry in particular is at the heart of the show.

It is a scientific theatre play built on the principles of the Comedia Del arte, the street theatre or the vaudeville genre. It is a theatre play because the text is written with real dramaturgy and staging, it is a scientific one because science and chemistry in particular is at the heart of the show. Water, for chemical reasons, cannot love a red cabbage which is crazy about it. Thanks to a scholar (a researcher in fact) armed with one specific tool of chemistry, the pH; the red cabbage will undergo the whole colour range.  In the end, transformed in cabbage oil and thanks to egg yolk lecithin, it will be able to be united with water to give rise to mayonnaise. One of the niceties of the show is that all the chemical reactions are actually performed by the actors and are clearly explained in understandable terms  by the laymen.


Topic: play Audience: general public
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