Welcome to the world of Ensonglopedia

An Ensonglopedia is a musical and alphabetical adventure, with a series of super songs, some serious, some somewhat sillier some say, on a selection of (sometimes scientific) subjects.  All songs are siphoned from the synapses of semi-Swede John Hinton.

NEWSFLASH: After a long break from live performances, we’re very excited to announce that we’re back in theatres very soon with a brand new show.  Ensonglopedia of the Human will be at Brighton Fringe on 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th June 2021 @ 4:45pm. We’re also turning the show into a series of webisodes, the first of which will be released via YouTube on 1st June so  subscribe to our channel to be the first to find out when it lands!

We’re also starting to build a lovely tour for the autumn,  please see our list of upcoming performances to find out when we’re coming to a venue near you.

Our weekly alphabetical song challenge

John Hinton has set himself the challenge of writing and recording a song a week, for 26 weeks, on a topic of science suggested by viewers, one for each letter of the alphabet. Here’s how he’s getting on:


Our recent lockdown project:

‘Nature Under Lock(down) and Key(change)’

Over the summer we were commissioned by Live and Local to collaborate with the beautiful Foundry Wood in Leamington Spa and write a series of songs about people’s relationship with nature during the lockdown. We’re really pleased with the outcome and would love to share it with you: check out the online performance and here’s the studio-recorded album:

We have an enticing selection of six Ensonglopedias for your perusal. Please choose from the following menu:

Ensonglopedia of Science
Ensonglopedia of Animals
Ensonglopedia of British History
Ensonglopedia of the Human
Ensonglopedia of Plants

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© Alex Brenner

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Upcoming performances

Date & timePlaceShowTickets & more info
Fri 4th, Sat 5th, Sun 6th, Sat 12th & Sun 13th @ 4:45pmThe Oil Shed, The Warren, Victoria Gardens, Brighton FringeEnsonglopedia of the Human Tickets here
Mon 28th, Tues 29th & Wed 30th June @ 1:30pmVirtual Lancashire Science Festival – OnlineNow That’s What I Call A Lot Of Songs About ScienceCheck back soon.
Sat 4th Sept
Times TBC
St Helens Town CentreNow That’s What I Call A Lot Of Songs About Science x3Check back soon.
Sun 19th Sept ’21Foundry Wood, Leamington SpaEnsonglopedia of PlantsCheck back soon.
Sat 9 Oct ’21 – pencilled
Times TBC
The Montgomery, SheffieldEnsonglopedia of the Human Check back soon.
Sun 10 Oct ’21
11:30am & 2:30pm
Waterside, Sale, Greater ManchesterEnsonglopedia of Animals x2 Check back soon.
Sat 16 Oct ’21
11am & 2pm
Pegasus Theatre, OxfordEnsonglopedia of the Human x2Check back soon.
Thu 28 Oct ’21 – provisional
Times TBC
Kirkgate Arts, Kirkgate, CockermouthEnsonglopedia of the HumanCheck back soon.

“Wow!  What a selection. What a demonstration of the immense range of science… OUTSTANDING SHOW”
Fringe Review on Ensonglopedia of Science [Click for full review]

“Gloriously intricate lyrics and a few audacious rhymes complete a tightly-packed hour which demands your full attention but rewards it with plenty of offbeat humour… A geeky treat”
★★★★ Fringe Guru on Ensonglopedia of Science [Click for full review]

“Ensonglopedia of Animals is a riot and Hinton is a passionate and imaginative entertainer who deserves full marks for the energy, creativity and lyrical content of his work.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby [click for full review]

“Infectiously fun, genuinely clever, and impossible to dislike… Brilliant!”
Brighton and Hove News on Ensonglopedia of Animals [click for full review]

Ensonglopedia of Science: nominated for the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, Brighton Fringe 2017

Ensonglopedia of British History
Nominated for Brighton Fringe Broadway Bobby Award 2019
[click here for proof!]