Join us for an unprecedented collaboration of music, poetry, and science that celebrates creativity, hope and life.
It’s Not Rocket Science at [email protected]’ Hall is presented by Nottingham New Theatre, England’s only fully student-run theatre venue.
We’re going through big changes in our understanding of sex and sexuality – and of what it means to be human.
Comedy for the Curious is the comedy chat show where curiosity and stand-up comedy are combined.
Why do we still have a headache after taking a 1p aspirin which disappears when we take a 50p one? And why are we attracted to a 2-for-1 meal discount, but fail to save for a pensi…
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles.
Morgan and West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun-for-all-the-family science extravaganza! Expect explosive thrills, chemical spill…
The Female Role Model Project is just that, a project.
Sea Sick is a beautifully simple and affecting piece of storytelling about climate breakdown and the oceans - and about one woman's mission to understand the damage that's …
Using dark humour and a good dose of brain power, three scientists reveal their stories: what is it like to do research in everyday life? Between anecdotes of late nights in the la…
Emer Maguire is a TEDx performing musical comedian, an international award-winning science communicator and a double Irish Radio Award winning BBC radio presenter.
This new musical follows the story of Alex Peel, whose life is changed by a diagnosis which will eventually lead to her going completetly blind.
Evolution premiered in 2009 and won a Scotsman Fringe First award: ‘Intelligent, informative, and hugely entertaining’ (Chortle.
A mixture of mythology, memory and music.
One day the earth might be so devastated that we might need to leave for a distant planet.
The final 24 candidates for the Mars Mission Programme have been observed for a month by the public in a reality TV show designed to choose the final four.
The 2018 IPCC Report on the impacts of global warming of above 1.
Rapper Baba Brinkman and neuroscientist Dr Heather Berlin follow up their sell-out Edinburgh hit Off the Top with an all-new collection of mind-blowing brain science, cerebral humo…
Returning for the third time after the previous full-house shows.
This hour-long performance brings together stacks of audience participation and some mind-bending mathematical concepts, all delivered in an accessible fashion for children and the…
You think science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen it before.
Matt Hobs is a proud Bristolian, Doctor of Science and silly sausage.
Lewis Schaffer is a New York Jewish comic.
Take control of anxiety, anger and stress using GazeTherapy, the medical breakthrough based on proven brain parts and connections.
The hilarious science show is back with a new food-themed show.
Can’t tell a psychiatrist from a psychic or narcissistic personality disorder from an American President? An NHS shrink maps the psychiatric landscape in this WIP.
Music, poetry, art, science, politics, relationships, strange behaviors found in a species of (mostly) hairless primate.
Pip Utton is one of the world’s most respected performers of solo theatre and a Fringe legend.
This year Kevin examines our evolution using the only discipline able to illustrate our incredible possible futures, here, in the present: magic.
Comedian, physiotherapist, mother of three and recovered incontinent, Elaine Miller says #laughdontleak.
Unbelievable Science is an interactive science show for the whole family, where experiments take place right before your eyes! Captivating chemistry! Phenomenal physics! Bonkers bi…
The margin between success and failure in elite sport can be miniscule.
Our genes make us who we are.
Time’s up; but on what, exactly? Are the Weinsteins of the world isolated bad apples, individuals who use their positions of power to take advantage of vulnerable women, or is it…
Would you lie to the government about who you are? How about to your doctor? Maybe to big companies? Whilst online shopping? How about on your Facebook profile? Do they need your r…
We’re desperately short of organs for transplant, so the possibility of transplanting from pigs to humans (xenotransplantation) has many people excited.
Toxic masculinity is blamed for everything from the #MeToo movement to rates of male suicide.
Dr Amy Davies (Heriot-Watt University) invites you to delve into the deep oceans and dark forests where enchanting fluorescent creatures such as jellyfish and fireflies live.
What’s the life that lies under the lab coat? Researchers from all across Europe will accompany you on a journey through their research, sharing their most embarrassing and hilario…
With growing pressure on the planet’s resources, food production is having to get more high-tech.
Do you want to reveal yourself to the world? Does your data show more than you think? To whom? We think our personal information is private.
Is copyright necessary? Does it hinder or does it help? What would happen if there was no copyright? Without it, who benefits and who loses out? Is copyright just for large corpora…
Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee/NHS Education for Scotland) and Craig Ramsay (The University of Aberdeen) told us at previous cabarets to stop brushing our teeth and to skip our…
Have you ever admitted to something you didn’t do? At home? At work? What would it take to own up to breaking the law? It’s surprisingly common for innocent people to confess to cr…
And we can learn from them.
Hello! I’m Charlie Miller, and I was in Budgie the Little Helicopter.
We’re all brainwashed, biased and influenced by personal experience, even scientists.
What do dirty floors and corrupted politicians have in common? They are both revolting.
The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might be housed all-year round in large sheds.
Everybody believes that education is good: the more, the better.
Batman is the world’s greatest scientist and we can prove it.
The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed.
The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well known.
Psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie (The University of Edinburgh) thinks mental illness is needlessly controversial – and the controversy is destroying our mental health services.
Do you always approach life logically, making careful decisions based on sound evidence and facts? Health warning! You may be suffering from abnormally high levels of rationality.
The history of mental disorder is full of instances of labels of mental disorders being used to control what was deemed as unacceptable or dangerous.
Scotland was once considered a soft touch on female genital mutilation (FGM), failing to protect 23,979 affected residents.
Science is thought of as the definitive truth of our time.
Is anyone truly monolingual anymore? Knowing dialects, learning languages at school, and hearing migrant speakers make everybody bilingual to some extent.
Bloody funny period comedy about breaking taboos and ending period poverty with ad-busting, craftivism and a bleeding ridiculous conga line.
Do you love your country? Does the sight of your national flag fill you with pride? Whatever your nationality, patriotism is a hugely significant part of modern life, influencing e…
This show is an interactive science show, involving members of the public as audience, in the apparently controversial science of homeopathy.
Isn’t the expression ‘having a senior moment’ awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline.
Discussions about drug use and drug policy often involve stories – personal experience combined with knowledge gleamed from the media and other sources.
Mark Thompson is quite clear about what his (modestly) titled Spectacular Show isn't: "It's not a science lecture," he insists.
Your supermarket knows when you’re pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you.
The public actively engage in decision-making processes, from referendums and elections to choosing singing contest winners.
Bills, dating, raising children – life is challenging enough! Who wants to think about potential future health issues and care needs with more immediate matters to consider? Unfo…
How dangerous is silence in the archive? Archivist Rachel Hosker (The University of Edinburgh) returns to the cabaret to explore the awkward and uncomfortable issue of silence in a…
Returning for the ninth consecutive year, a two-time award-winning series of talks that get you thinking critically and skeptically about things you thought you were familiar with.
Did you always sit at the back in class? Were you bored? Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones who was engaged and inspired by a teacher? Many people have memories and strong vie…
Your pictures and regrettable digital utterings are public.
Childhood is an injustice.
June has ambitions of going into space.
Men are sexual predators and women are sex objects – or so advertisers tell us.
Due to overwhelming demand, Science Magic is back with not one, but two shows every day.
What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion.
Featuring Copernicus’ 1543 ground-breaking book On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, meteorites, star charts, scientific instruments and Katie Paterson’s contemporary artwor…
Having spent half of his adult life studying physics and half studying magic, Magic Circle member Quantum explores the exotic space where science and magic meet.
Strap on your safety goggles.
Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) reckons psychiatry, his profession, is underrated.
The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might be housed all year-round in large sheds.
We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola.
Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily.
Static Assembly attempt to give us an insight into the lives and rivalry of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla but really just leaves the audience confused.
What is the truth? Is it out there? And is it in the archives? After an “interesting” past year of political developments, archivist Rachel Hosker (University of Edinburgh) returns…
Some trauma in life might be inevitable, but not many people would view it as essential.
Anyone can write a romance novel.
Data is everywhere.
Liver disease is avoidable, silent and the third highest killer of those under 65 in the UK.
The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness.
An eclectic and beautiful production – Secret Life of Humans combines a baffling diversity of genres into a single theatrical masterpiece.
Celebrate the pinnacle of human achievement! Toast the crew of the Saena as Commander Leila Karam leads them to Luxtaterra on the world’s first interstellar voyage.
Did you know that Roald Dahl not only wrote George’s Marvellous Medicine, but came up with some marvellous medicine of his own?! Join Roald Dahl’s doctor, Professor Tom Solomon, …
The University of Edinburgh is trying to improve the position of women in higher education with recipes.
The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is an initiative set up to ‘take the academics out of their ivory towers and engage with the public’.
Come along for an hour of delight, intrigue and awe with Terry Huang (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) as he delves deep into the private sex lives of plants.
Tucked away in a decently sized room at the beautiful venue of Summerhall, Eaten stars Mamoru Iriguchi as both Mamoru, Lionel the Lion, and, believe it or not, Dr.
John Hinton is on a one man mission to make science cool.
Vaccines save lives.
How do we do drugs? How do we do drugs policy? Do the two areas complement each other? Anna Ross (University of Edinburgh) knows that drugs are an emotive topic, with many people h…
Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh after a smash-hit, sell-out run in 2016.
In this post-truth era, we desperately need more scientists to critically evaluate evidence for political and corporate claims; we can’t afford to keep losing many of our best wo…
Memory is an untrustworthy companion.
Elaine Miller (physiotherapist, comedian, mother and reformed incontinent) believes women’s health provision is rooted in misogyny.
Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman has explored several of the world’s biggest talking points – from evolution to climate change – and now he’s back for more.
What is the future of desire? I hoped Neil Frude, a leading lecturer on abnormal psychology, would be able to tell me.
The year is… not important; this is fiction.
Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee) has already told us to stop brushing our teeth.
If you’re also the kind of person who thinks that you can’t go wrong when starting with a G&T then this is the event for you.
Legal systems operate on a pain principle: punishments should involve a loss, and that loss should be painful.
Is science now at a point where we can eradicate Parkinson’s? 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the essay: The Shaking Palsy by James Parkinson.
Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr Heather Berlin (host of Science Goes to the Movies on PBS) to explore the brain basis of impro…
Criminologist Gemma Flynn (University of Edinburgh) invites you to delve unashamedly into the world of pop culture behemoths The Kardashians.
2016 Fringe award-winner Frances M Lynch returns, celebrating breakthroughs by Scottish women scientists in genetics, geology, computing, engineering, astronomy, marine biology, mo…
We are Edinburgh Skeptics.
Join space innovation researcher Matjaz Vidmar (University of Edinburgh) and acclaimed science fiction author Pippa Goldschmidt to debate the future of human activity beyond Earth.
Sit back and relax for a cinematic treat! Double Dome Nights is showing a combination of two films from Dynamic Earth’s spectacular bank of out of this world 360-degree immersive…
Jordan Fenlon and Andy Carmichael (Heriot-Watt University) take a light-hearted look at the British Sign Language (BSL) Signbank – the online repository based on the BSL Corpus.
Children should work more.
Elaine Miller, comedian, physiotherapist and recovered incontinent, shares the pelvic floor’s wonders so you’ll laugh, but not leak.
Welcome to Edinburgh’s longest established non-continuously operating brewery! Ever wondered what really goes on inside a brewery? You’re welcomed in to Barney’s Beer at Summ…
The Science Guy is back.
Following award-winning sell-out performances in Edinburgh and Adelaide, Kevin returns with a brand-new show.
Psychedelic trip meets TED talk.
After a hugely successful run last year, Science Magic is back at the Edinburgh Fringe.
The sympathetic and entertaining presenter Donal Vaughan reveals scientific magic tricks, but breaks magic’s golden rule as he explains how he does them, as well as the scientifi…
Due to popular demand, the ‘Britpop Rocky Horror’ returns for a second year! Following an epic premiere at Brighton Fringe 2016, and a nationwide tour including a full show at …
Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (‘The Crown’, ‘Sunny D’, BBC Radio) is exploring the lost women of science.
Predicting the next big
show on the Fringe circuit is a little like trying to squeeze a champagne cork
back into the bottle after it’s popped.
This is a pleasant, goofy and geeky hour which largely talks about a
three point plan to get one woman closer to a Cox.
A song about science for every letter of the alphabet.
A newly-devised piece exploring issues of mental health.
A fun and informative play from the female-led White Slate Theatre company, White Slate performed Re: Production (not literally) for the final time at the Brighton Fringe on Saturd…
Mozzz! A week in the life of an undercover mosquito.
George Egg, the stand-up comedian who cooks onstage using absurd and innovative techniques, returns.
Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr.
In 1977 NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 to explore the outer solar system.
Please! Come in and browse.
A lack of antibiotics to treat infection could soon bring us to a post-apocalyptic era where people die from minor injuries, or following routine operations.
Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that prisons make life too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this show is for yo…
It’s a troubling question and most of us probably don’t know the answer.
Twenty years after her birth, Dolly the Sheep is a scientific and Scottish icon.
Past wars have started for the most trivial of reasons.
Is anybody out there? It’s a question that’s inspired generations of writers and filmmakers, religious leaders, astrophysicists and, of course, conspiracy theorists.
Plastics harm our world, right? Costing us energy, using up resources and polluting? Wrong.
In the name of safeguarding and security, British counter-terrorism legislation is becoming increasingly restrictive of expression that is deemed to support non-violent extremism.
Do zoos still have a place in society? If so, what is it? asks esteemed biologist Mary Bownes.
When we’re online, most of us choose to give up our privacy for the sake of convenience.
We all leave a trace.
From 2016/17, the Scottish Government can set income tax rates and thresholds for Scottish taxpayers.
In a previous show, we witnessed Robert Newman intellectually tear down Dawkin’s view of evolution.
We all love a good laugh, but why do we do it? What is it exactly that makes our mouths curl up, eyes water and noses snort like a pig? Join Professor Ian Mclaughlin and special gu…
Satellite images now cover every inch of the world.
We now have great weapons against cervical cancer, but it still kills women every year.
Experience and learn mathematical magic tricks.
Moving from the UK to an English-speaking country or another part of the UK? Think you’ll be able to communicate in sign language? Think again! There is no such thing as a univer…
Your Clubcard may say more about you than your DNA, so should it be considered more private? When it comes to understanding patterns in health and illness, examining our data may b…
Research shows that learning languages helps us age healthily, even if we start learning them in later life.
Put Miranda Hart in a rocket with an extra dose of feminism and whimsy and you get Samantha Baines’ 1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox.
When they go out at all, they terrorise our streets and are a nuisance in our neighbourhoods.
Dying is a universal human activity, and it shows no sign of abating.
We’re so used to hearing about the importance of regular cancer screening – catch it in its early stages while it can still be treated.
The Sick of the Fringe is in its second year, building conversation, collaboration and community between the arts and medical science.
It’s no secret that a lackadaisical approach to dental care leads to fillings and gum disease.
You’re an up-and-coming scientist.
Find the perfect whisky for your personality.
Edinburgh Skeptics Society returns for the seventh year with more undiluted brilliance.
Humour can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process… or so EB White would have you believe, but we’re doing it anyway! A stand-up show with comedians Matt …
In 2012, geneticist Joseph Fowler illegally used the gene editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 to save the life of his unborn daughter, Amelia.
For everything you never knew you needed to know about periods, there’s science comedian and sex educator Chella Quint.
Short man dressed as a giraffe shows graphs, gets laughs, then dissects height discrimination using statistics.
Apocalypses and politics go hand in hand as University of Oxford physicist Fran Day takes a break from studying particles that probably don’t exist to take to the stage in a stan…
In the wake of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, Allison struggles to come to terms with losing everything.
Comedian, physiotherapist, mother of three and recovered incontinent shares pelvic floor wonders and facts so you laugh, but don’t leak.
Often described as a ‘Polypill’ against a variety of illnesses and diseases, is exercise really the elixir for health? Can exercise prematurely wear out your joints? Does excessive…
Leading psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie has heard enough talk about mental health stigma.
Science like you have never seen before.
Join multi award-winning comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan as he shows you amazing science tricks using everyday items.
Multi award-winning Irish comic Dónal Vaughan takes a self-deprecating look at his life with his three passions: comedy, natural history and talking about himself.
After a sell-out run last year, magician/scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum presents his brand new show Illuminations.
Delighting London audiences since 2013, The Science of Living Things bring their trademark show to Brighton.
is a midnight mass - an ode to memory and the sense of loss which carefully
evokes a frozen, car-crash, state of mind.
Life is more than the days you have left.
Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (BBC Radio London, ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People’, ‘Call the Midwife’) needs space.
Josh is good at dancing, but not at people.
Population growth, climate change and food inequality mean we need to take a fresh look at what’s on our plate.
Multiple comedy competition finalist Peter Dobbing’s last two shows brought you bitcoins, edible insects and virtual reality.
Ecological art weekend, raising awareness of plastic pollution, toxics in our seas and our bodies, women in science, art and exploration.
What do you imagine when someone mentions they work with computers or in IT? Do you immediately think of a slightly nerdy man hunched over a keyboard in a darkened basement room, i…
Every four years we marvel at the feats of human endeavour at the Olympic Games, but imagine a world where doping was allowed.
Baba Brinkman (science rapper, Fringe First winner, and half the cast of Off The Top) really loves his wife.
Do you feel like your brain is half-baked? Or that your mental faculties are going off the boil? Join ‘head’ chef Dr Alan Gow in the Great British Brain Off to consider the recipe …
Are you The Sick of the Fringe? Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust and conceived by Brian Lobel, The Sick of the Fringe is a curated programme of events aiming to inspire collabora…
This interactive one woman show follows a plucky American adventurer from the 1800’s as she navigates the joys and consequences of time travel.
President Nixon declared war on public enemy number one in 1971.
Alas, Poor Darwin…? may be officially listed as a ‘spoken word’ event, but don’t let that make you think it’s a poetry show.
The cocaine trade has enormous social and ecological consequences on both global and local scales.
Richard Wiseman, psychologist and bestselling author of several popular psychology books, returns to the Fringe to talk for an hour about the psychology of perception, touching on …
Death is an important topic and it affects everyone, obviously.
For many people today, their impression of Albert Einstein is quite possibly informed by the oft-seen image of his face: tongue sticking out – to all intents and purposes every b…
Why don’t we just let the Arctic melt? What will the Arctic look like in 50 years’ time? Will your children be the last generation to learn that the Arctic seas are covered by ic…
A culinary conundrum.
You can always tell a show is going to be good when its name takes up most of the free space on a ticket.
How would you feel if you were paralysed or had blackouts, only to be told you were imagining it, hysterical, or making it up? This is still the experience of some patients with Fu…
Surgery to change facial appearance is increasingly common, for both reconstructive and cosmetic reasons.
Meet Ada Lovelace, the ‘poetical scientist’, and daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron.
Skeptics on the Fringe, a free show in the belly of Banshee Labyrinth, is a daily show based around the more general theme of science, rationality and logic.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd present a variety of comedy stylings on maths, physics, and all things ‘nerdy’.
Is it possible for one person to journey around the solar system in the space of a human lifetime? This show is as much about the alien worlds in our planetary neighborhood as it i…
A rare opportunity to explore paranormal mysteries hands-on.
I think I’ve found my new favourite musical, thanks to Tangram Theatre and their amazing piece on one of the 20th century’s most important scientists.
Dr Niamh Shaw is that relatively rare thing – a skilled and engaging stage performer who also happens to be a scientist and engineer, with both a degree and PhD to her name.
How can light bulbs be smart? Could LED light bulbs really be used for wireless data communication? Here at the Li-Fi Centre at the University of Edinburgh, we are developing the e…
Award-winning maths comedian and Rubik’s cube world record holder Matt Parker is once more forming a maths + comedy venn diagram with lively stand-up and mind-boggling maths.
The UK desperately needs more scientists and engineers, yet highly qualified, talented and ambitious women are still deserting science.
The common phrase ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ sounds quite sensible in promoting healthy living, doesn’t it? However, a quick internet search suggests that eating an …
Cervical cancer only affects women but is caused by a virus (HPV) very common in both sexes.
GM Bacteria? Noooo! But what if I told you that GM Salmonella might save your life one day? Most people remember Salmonella because of the controversy with eggs, and many know that…
Can we communicate with the dead? Are women innately hard-wired to like pink? Like the chemical symbol for nitric oxide – the answer is NO.
What is that blue stuff… and why isn’t it red? Will all the menstruators performing at the Fringe really synchronise cycles? Really? And how can century-old ads still affect at…
BBC Radio 4 regular revamps award-winning investigation into the science of attraction, which she was invited to perform in New York in 2013, incorporating some new ideas and highl…
We are all advised to take care in the sun, because it causes skin cancer, but is it really bad for us? Following on from his TED talk and appearance on Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, E…
Mark Thompson, well known as a TV astronomer and author, has joined the ranks of Space Command to help recruit some new space cadets.
State-of-the-art magic fused with incredible science, from the scientist turned magician who was tutored by Penn and Teller.
Science stand-up comedian, bestselling author and popular TV host Lieven Scheire will lead you in his own inimitable way from the Special Relativity of Einstein to the Belgians bei…
The first exhibition in Scotland by artists from the Dutch art collective Tropism.
Think you know about Dolly? Come and see the world’s most famous sheep for yourself! This free exhibition tells the fascinating story of Edinburgh genetics over the past century,…
From hospice care to funeral plans, talk of death is becoming mainstream.
Elaine Miller, physiotherapist, mother and recovered incontinent shares the wonders of the pelvic floor – so, come and laugh, not leak.
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