Tuesday 26 September 2017

Brian Cox at 3Arena, Dublin review: 'Riveting appearance just what we need in week when everyday ritual of going to see a show was shook to its core'

Brian Cox
Brian Cox
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

The consequences of this week's horrifying carnage in Manchester is plain to see as huge queues snake around the forecourt of the 3Arena.

The stewards and security work quickly and efficiently, and these extra precautions only slightly delay an eagerly awaited sold out performance by science, physics and cosmology’s new pin up boy, Professor Brian Cox.

The omnipresent BBC presenter has become something of a good-looking 21st century successor to Patrick Moore and David Attenborough. He takes to the stage alongside a series of glossy slides illustrating the wonder of the galaxy and the Milky Way and pays heartfelt tribute to the Manchester terror attack victims by reading an extract from Carl Sagan’s 1994 book 'Pale Blue Dot'.

"Look again at that dot,” Cox reads. “That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who has ever was, lived out their lives.”

Cox is joined by his BBC Radio 4 co-presenter of 'The Infinite Monkey Cage', Robin Ince, who announces that Dublin has one of the most loyal and enthusiastic audiences for their phenomenally popular podcasts.

“There’s far more people out to see you tonight then ever came along to see D:Ream,” Ince cackles in reference to the ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ pop band that Cox played keyboards for in his former career.

Brian Cox has brought popular appeal to science, and this riveting appearance is just what we need in a week when humanity and the everyday ritual of going out to see a show was shook to its very core.

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