Opposites Attract

Have you ever had to work with someone who made you question your own sanity? Someone who made you want to move to a remote cave in the mountains?
Alex Dook
Alex Dook
Freelance writer
Opposites Attract

The characters in Opposites Attract know exactly how you feel. Opposites Attract, which is for audiences 18+, stars two scientists who are in total opposition: passionate Atomic Silver and logical Gold Fusion. Both are convinced they have got what it takes to do science “right”, and they’re here to convince FRINGE WORLD audiences.

“We are exploring that stereotype in science that everyone is about logic and there is no place for passion, but of course there is a place for both those things,” said Angharad Thomas, who plays Gold Fusion and also co-wrote the show with friend Jess Silva.


As the two rivals vie for supremacy with the audience, they conduct a range of explosive experiments to prove their approach to science is the best. Scitech regulars will recognise some classic demonstrations, including liquid nitrogen, exploding bubbles and the crowd favourite, elephant’s toothpaste.
But the show isn’t about one approach beating the other.

“We want the audience to share in our own joy of science. We want them to see that everyone can enjoy science and that science is exciting and fun and part of everyday life.”

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When odd couples come together…

Image credit: Jess Silva
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… the results can be explosive!

Image credit: Jess Silva


Key for the show makers is the importance of collaboration in the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

“The cliché of one crazy scientist working away in a lab curing cancer isn’t true. Scientists work in teams and with people from around the world.”

“There are all different kinds of people working in science, and whatever your personality, skills and ideals, you can bring them to science and work in a way that suits you.”

“It’s easy to think our own way is the right way to do something. But the world is getting smaller, and we need to work closely with many different kinds of people. That’s a beautiful thing.”

Science brings people together.

Image credit: Giphy
Science brings people together.


Opposites Attract was one of 10 recipients of Inspiring Australia Science-Arts Grants from Scitech and FRINGE WORLD.

“Scitech’s support of FRINGE WORLD events is made possible via our existing relationship with Inspiring Australia, an Australian Government initiative,” says Deb Hancock, CEO, Scitech. “As part of our vision to engage all Western Australians in STEM, we are delighted to be partnering with FRINGE WORLD Festival, which will allow even more Western Australians to envisage a bright future through the development of STEM skills.”

Opposites Attract will run on 10 and 15 February at Big Top at Sunset Veranda, Brighton Reserve, 204 The Esplanade, Scarborough. Tickets are $20 or $17 each for a group of six or more.

Alex Dook
About the author
Alex Dook
Raised by a physics teacher and a university professor, Alex had no choice but to be a science nerd. He has worked in science communication in both Perth and Melbourne, mainly setting things on fire for delighted children. Alex is now a freelance science writer and content creator.
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Raised by a physics teacher and a university professor, Alex had no choice but to be a science nerd. He has worked in science communication in both Perth and Melbourne, mainly setting things on fire for delighted children. Alex is now a freelance science writer and content creator.
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