The Rap Guide to Evolution

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Riverside in association with Merrigong Theatre Company

The Rap Guide to Evolution

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 24 June - 25 June 2014

Darwin’s Got It Going On!

A smash hit at the Edinburgh Festival, off Broadway and around the world, Canadian Baba Brinkman’s The Rap Guide to Evolution, complete with a live DJ and an extraordinary audio-visual show, is at once provocative, hilarious, intelligent and scientifically accurate.

In a novel species of theatre show, Brinkman combines the wit, poetry and charisma of a great rapper with the accuracy and rigour of a scientific expert. Using hip-hop as a vehicle to communicate the facts of evolution he simultaneously illuminates the origins and complexities of hip-hop culture through the lens of Darwinism. Through his clever re-workings of popular rap singles, as well as his own originals, he illustrates Natural Selection, Sexual Selection, Evolutionary Psychology and much more.

WARNING: Contains some sexual (though scientific) references and some strong language.


Learn the basic skills needed to begin writing theatrical or dramatic hip-hop verse, including an overview of the verse form, its rhyme and rhythm structures (using Shakespearian iambic pentameter as a point for comparison), and the range of mood, voice, and character that can be drawn from the tropes of hip-hop culture and channelled through its music.

Writer/Performer: Baba Brinkman
Music/Turntablism: Jamie Simmonds
Director: Dodd Loomis
Projection Design: Wendall K. Harrington
Lighting Design: Jason Boyd
Producer: Dovetail Productions and Sharon Levy
Australian tour produced by Merrigong Theatre Company


From the Education Coordinator…
The combination of science and hip-hop sounds odd, but it is actually a marriage made in heaven! Baba Brinkman takes the concepts of evolutionary science and ‘breaks it down’ in a way that will make your students (and even you) look at the history of humankind in a completely different light. Not JUST an excursion suitable for science students, but the social statements Brinkman makes (which he completely backs up with science), are the perfect tools for showing students the power of live performance to challenge perceptions and present a different aspect of the world we live in. Also, it’s a great example of the use of spoken word as text and the study of ‘rap’ as a text type or music genre. All the COOL teachers will be taking their students to see this show!

Dates & Times:
Tuesday 24 June – Performance 11:00am, Workshop 1:00pm
Wednesday 25 June – Performance 11:00am, Workshop 1:00pm

Performance and Workshop $25, Performance Only $20*
*Transaction fees may apply


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Secondary Education Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.

Please find a range of helpful teaching resources related to The Rap Guide to Evolution, below:

The Rap Guide to Evolution – Curriculum Links


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Ticket Prices

Show/Workshop $25
Show Only $20

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00