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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Upcoming performances

Date & timePlaceShowTickets & more info
Fri 20th & Sun 29th Aug ’21Green Man Festival, WalesEnsonglopedia – 40-minute compilation showFestival SOLD OUT
Sat 4th Sept
10:30am, 1:30pm & 4pm
St Helens Town CentreNow That’s What I Call A Lot Of Songs About Science x3FREE – details here
Sun 19th Sept ’21Foundry Wood, Leamington SpaEnsonglopedia of PlantsInfo here
Fri 8th Oct ’21Malvern Festival of Innovation, Great Malvern20 minute slot as part of Science & Technology Comedy NightTickets on sale soon, more info here
Sun 10 Oct ’21 @
11:30am & 2:30pm
Waterside, Sale, Greater ManchesterEnsonglopedia of Animals x2 Tickets here
Sat 16 Oct ’21 @
11am & 2pm
Pegasus Theatre, OxfordEnsonglopedia of the Human x2Tickets here
Thu 28 Oct ’21 – provisional
Times TBC
Kirkgate Arts, Kirkgate, CockermouthEnsonglopedia of the HumanCheck back soon.
Nov ’21 – pencilledThe Montgomery, SheffieldEnsonglopedia of the Human Check 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!]