The Spy Who Doped Me

The Spy Who Doped Me

The margin between success and failure in elite sport can be miniscule. The investment into sporting success can be millions of pounds for a handful of medals. While some athletes and coaches look to marginal gains for success, others adopt a more straightforward approach: doping... 

May Contain Neanderthal

May Contain Neanderthal

Our genes make us who we are. DNA is our destiny. And our ancestry. Neither of these statements are correct, but offer simple and seductive explanations that obscure the much more complicated reality... 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Elaine Miller, physiotherapist, mother and recovered incontinent shares the wonders of the pelvic floor – so, come and laugh, not leak. Everyone wants control of their own body (and the bonus side effect of improved orgasms... 

#YesAllMen 

#YesAllMen 

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 a much deeper problem? Are men just not listening when women refuse sex? Or can women not refuse at all? Join feminist philosopher Dr Elinor Mason (University of Edinburgh) to explore consent, entitlement and the cultural systems which mean women are denied the authority to refuse sex. 

When Is Lying Good?

When Is Lying Good?

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 real date of birth? Is lying the best way to protect yourself from being profiled and manipulated by who knows what company? Amy Tilbrook (Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland) examines whether the digital information gathered about us every day is true and what the consequences might be if it's not. 

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

We're desperately short of organs for transplant, so the possibility of transplanting from pigs to humans (xenotransplantation) has many people excited. Dr James Lowe (University of Edinburgh) will explore whether this promise will – or should – ever be realised... 

Big Boys Don't Cry

Big Boys Don't Cry

Toxic masculinity is blamed for everything from the #MeToo movement to rates of male suicide. Dr Fiona McQueen (Edinburgh Napier University) wants to know whether men becoming more emotional can undo the nasty sides of manliness... 

The Dark Side of Fluorescence

The Dark Side of Fluorescence

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. Their fluorescence has allowed scientists to make other animals that can glow in the dark... 

The Dark Side of Research

The Dark Side of Research

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 hilarious moments... 

The Naked Blind Data Show

The Naked Blind Data Show

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. But should it be? New laws seek to protect data privacy rights – even as Facebook and Google collect our information... 

Is Astronaut Food the Future?

Is Astronaut Food the Future?

With growing pressure on the planet's resources, food production is having to get more high-tech. Are you worried about what's in it? From looking at food provisions in extreme environments like space, researchers and engineers have come up with some very interesting but controversial solutions which are now making their way into mainstream food production... 

No Copyright, No Problem?

No Copyright, No Problem?

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 corporations? Or does copyright also serve the interests of individual creators more effectively than we might think? Join Smita Kheria, intellectual property law expert (University of Edinburgh), to find out whether copyright has a positive role to play, or could we live without it in today's post-digital society... 

Politics of the Tooth Fairy

Politics of the Tooth Fairy

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 scale and polish... 

Suspect Confessions

Suspect Confessions

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 crimes they haven't committed... 

Footballers Have Feelings Too

Footballers Have Feelings Too

And we can learn from them. Across the globe, many footballers and other athletes have actively engaged with issues related to peace, racism and social inequities. These voices not only highlight important social and political topics, but also make the school curriculum feel more relevant to pupils – especially some working class students who are not fully participating in their education... 

All News Is Fake News!

All News Is Fake News!

We’re all brainwashed, biased and influenced by personal experience, even scientists. But there are ways to notice and counter this. Join scientists Professor David Finnegan (University of Edinburgh) and Sarah Keer-Keer (Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology) to find out how evidence and emotion affect how we make decisions and how science can help us to think more clearly and pick our way through the fake news minefield. 

Hannah and Charlie: Making It

Hannah and Charlie: Making It

Hello! I'm Charlie Miller, and I was in Budgie the Little Helicopter. I like to dress as a vampire and I once got a birthday card from Charlton Heston. Hello! I'm Hannah Cameron and I liked pineapples before they were cool... 

Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They?

Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They?

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. The dairy sector is changing from the image we all hold in our heads of cows in fields munching green grass... 

Disgust for Dummies

Disgust for Dummies

What do dirty floors and corrupted politicians have in common? They are both revolting. Disgust evolved to protect us from contamination and harm, being it physical or moral. But are these feelings an immovable reality or can we change them? Is our moral compass regulated by the same mechanisms that prevent us from drinking expired milk? And why is it important to know? This is a journey led by Dr Anna Sedda (Heriot-Watt University) into understanding and accepting disgust. 

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Everybody believes that education is good: the more, the better. But what if the benefits of education are mainly due to knowing different languages? Does this mean we don't need to study maths, biology or technology? Could our children have more hours in the day for play and do just as well in life? How many of us really need the specialist knowledge to prepare us for a possible medical career? Join Dr Thomas Bak (The University of Edinburgh) for this controversial take on educating future generations! 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. Intelligence agencies and various governments fret about the advantages online anonymity gives miscreants and malcontents... 

School of Batman – Live!

School of Batman – Live!

Batman is the world's greatest scientist and we can prove it. School of Batman is a podcast where academics help Batman fight crime utilising their research. In this show, it starts with a tour of some of the science of Batman on film, from the camp crusader of Adam West to the gritty realism of the Batfleck... 

Why Is Mental Illness So Goddamn Controversial?

Why Is Mental Illness So Goddamn Controversial?

Psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie (The University of Edinburgh) thinks mental illness is needlessly controversial – and the controversy is destroying our mental health services. Artificial battle lines are drawn between two stereotypes: 'pill-peddling' doctors under the influence of big bad pharma versus caring, sharing talking therapists who get to 'the root of the problem'... 

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well known. But hardly anyone has heard of fibre optics that can diagnose cancer or detect gravity waves, and Matthew Partridge (Southampton University) isn't happy about that... 

We're All Mental!

We're All Mental!

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. The science of mental health is as much determined by cultural norms as it is by its methods of enquiry... 

Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

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. This can be dangerous! Too much reason can clog up your brain and stifle your imagination... 

Never a Soft Touch

Never a Soft Touch

Scotland was once considered a soft touch on female genital mutilation (FGM), failing to protect 23,979 affected residents. Oonagh O'Brien (Queen Margaret University) and Jerusalem Barnabas (Waverley Care) argue that things are changing... 

Science is F***ed

Science is F***ed

Science is thought of as the definitive truth of our time. It claims to sit at the apex of the tree of knowledge. But there's a problem: most scientific findings are (possibly) false... 

Monolinguals, Where Are You?

Monolinguals, Where Are You?

Is anyone truly monolingual anymore? Knowing dialects, learning languages at school, and hearing migrant speakers make everybody bilingual to some extent. This means that the mother tongue changes, in completely natural and predictable ways... 

Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

Bloody funny period comedy about breaking taboos and ending period poverty with ad-busting, craftivism and a bleeding ridiculous conga line. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, charmingly clever Chella Quint is back with all the #periodpositive news from 2018! 'Bloody awesome for all the right reasons' (ScotsGay... 

The Problem With Patriotism

The Problem With Patriotism

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 everything from the cars we buy to the politicians we vote for... 

Doing Drugs (Policy) / Take More Drugs

Doing Drugs (Policy) / Take More Drugs

Discussions about drug use and drug policy often involve stories – personal experience combined with knowledge gleamed from the media and other sources. But how are these stories translated into policy, and what validity should we give to personal experience in drug policy decisions? Using interview data and background experience, researcher Anna Ross (The University of Edinburgh) will be exploring personal narratives on drugs policy in Scotland... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

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. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

The Snake Oil Art Show

The Snake Oil Art Show

This show is an interactive science show, involving members of the public as audience, in the apparently controversial science of homeopathy. We will dispel a few myths by using art as our way in... 

Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

Bloody funny period comedy about breaking taboos and ending period poverty with ad-busting, craftivism and a bleeding ridiculous conga line. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, charmingly clever Chella Quint is back with all the #periodpositive news from 2018! 'Bloody awesome for all the right reasons' (ScotsGay... 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson is quite clear about what his (modestly) titled Spectacular Show isn't: "It's not a science lecture," he insists. "It's all about having a bit of fun with science... 

Dr Google Will See You Now!

Dr Google Will See You Now!

Your supermarket knows when you're pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you. What if Google sent a record of your search terms to your doctor to notify them of likely health conditions? What if Facebook sent an alert to midwives when pregnant ladies posted photos of them drinking alcohol or smoking? Join Mhairi Aitken (The University of Edinburgh) as she discusses how this information could be used, and have your own say on what should remain science fiction and what should become reality. 

Listening to the Public Is Dangerous!

Listening to the Public Is Dangerous!

The public actively engage in decision-making processes, from referendums and elections to choosing singing contest winners. Often the results of these are contested and debated, and questions arise over whether the public made the right decision... 

Who Do You Want to Wipe Your Bum?

Who Do You Want to Wipe Your Bum?

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? Unfortunately, decisions don’t become easier when you are unwell or even suffering from cognitive limitations... 

Silence in the Archive

Silence in the Archive

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 archives... 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

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. **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Your pictures and regrettable digital utterings are public... Google, Facebook and Amazon know, well, everything. You're tracked and logged across cyberspace and there's nothing you can do! Or is there? Join Nicola Osborne (EDINA, University of Edinburgh) for a thrillingly nerdy adventure through new data protection rights that might just save your digital footprint! Bring your questions, panics or your top tips; or tweet them to #codi2018 to be part of the show! 'A wonderfully witty and engaging speaker' **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Hey, You at the Back!

Hey, You at the Back!

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 views of the teaching they received at school and university... 

One Giant Leap for June

One Giant Leap for June

June has ambitions of going into space. Yet her reality is working in a chippy with others who just can't seem to find what they want in life. Her passion and fascination with space and science fills the shop with an imaginative quality, which in turn catches on with her colleagues and tightens the bond between them all... 

Abolish Childhood!

Abolish Childhood!

Childhood is an injustice. Childhood infantilises, exploits, and oppresses children. Dr Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) argues that justice demands we abolish childhood. But how can we abolish childhood? And would abolishing childhood harm children? Philip explains how society creates childhood through its laws... 

What Does Sex Sell?

What Does Sex Sell?

Men are sexual predators and women are sex objects – or so advertisers tell us. Sexy themes have been used in advertising for decades based on the notion that sex sells. From yoghurt ads to shampoo, from perfume to fast food – these ads are ubiquitous and pasted in mainstream media... 

The Amazing Bubble Man

The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out there for the last 11 years... 

Science Magic

Science Magic

Due to overwhelming demand, Science Magic is back with not one, but two shows every day. Treble award-winning comedian Donal Vaughan performs tricks using everyday household objects... 

Eaten

Eaten

What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well, so Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach and now wants to say hello... 

Kevin Quantum: Vanishing Point

Kevin Quantum: Vanishing Point

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. In Vanishing Point he will manipulate your perspective of the universe before converging at the point-of-most-strange... 

Brainiac Live!

Brainiac Live!

Strap on your safety goggles. Due to popular demand, science's greatest and most volatile live show arrives with a vengeance. The West End and international touring favourite celebrates its 10th anniversary year with its first appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Physiotherapist, mother and recovered incontinent shares the wonders of the pelvic floor – so, come and laugh, not leak. Everyone wants control of their own body (and the bonus side effect of improved orgasms... 

Astronomy Victorious

Astronomy Victorious

Featuring Copernicus’ 1543 ground-breaking book On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, meteorites, star charts, scientific instruments and Katie Paterson’s contemporary artwork Timepieces, this exhibition charts our fascination with, exploration of and responses to outer space. 

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) reckons psychiatry, his profession, is underrated. Psychiatry remains rooted in the doctor-patient relationship: psychiatrists still actually speak to patients and carers to find out what the problems are, how they came about and what might be done about them... 

Cows Eat Grass, Don't They?

Cows Eat Grass, Don't They?

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. The dairy sector is changing from the image we all hold in our heads of cows in fields munching green grass... 

A Virus to End Humanity?

A Virus to End Humanity?

We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola. Can we win the fight against a deadly unidentified infectious disease that has just been discovered at the Edinburgh Fringe? Or is the task of staying one step ahead now too much for scientists? How could this virus arise, where could it come from and what could it mean for you? How fast will it spread from our very feet to the rest of the world? Join epidemiologist Liam Brierley to see if humans will win the struggle to survive. 

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Neuroscientist Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh) reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that’s come with modern society has its consequences... 

Edison

Edison

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. While they claim they are presenting an ‘experimental’ and ‘divine’ insight to this true story, the term ‘unique’ to mean an attempt to be bizarre in every sense... 

Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives?

Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives?

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 to the Cabaret to investigate the idea of whether archives hold the truth or not... 

The Romance Novel as High Art?

The Romance Novel as High Art?

Anyone can write a romance novel. Or can they? Amy Burge (University of Edinburgh) did a whole PhD on romance novels (yes, you can do that) and reckons there’s more to them than you think... 

Surviving the Storm

Surviving the Storm

Some trauma in life might be inevitable, but not many people would view it as essential. Ian Edwards (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) is the exception. He reckons that humans have a lot to learn from nature... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

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. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Data is everywhere. From diagnosis to treatment to recovery, a patient’s cancer journey leaves a data trail. What if the answers we seek about cancer are hidden in there? It could help us refine diagnosis, select treatments and improve the patient experience... 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. Intelligence agencies and various governments fret about the advantages online anonymity gives miscreants and malcontents... 

Shiver Me Liver

Shiver Me Liver

Liver disease is avoidable, silent and the third highest killer of those under 65 in the UK. Why, then, is the Government not supporting better liver screening? Do they think that only ‘alcoholics’ get it and they won’t try to change? Karen Matthews (Queen Margaret University) looked for liver disease in an alcohol support service using a machine which bounces sound waves off the liver... 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these... 

Secret Life of Humans

Secret Life of Humans

An eclectic and beautiful production – Secret Life of Humans combines a baffling diversity of genres into a single theatrical masterpiece. It’s a daring show that explores history, science and human nature in a way that is mesmerising to watch... 

Transmission – Launch Party

Transmission – Launch Party

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. Meet the crew and the entire coalition team to celebrate their last night on earth before they take off on the voyage of a lifetime... 

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

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, for a fascinating trip into the whoopsey-splunkers world of Dahl’s amazing medical inventions... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

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. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

Can Recipes Help Gender Equality?

Can Recipes Help Gender Equality?

The University of Edinburgh is trying to improve the position of women in higher education with recipes. University academic Daphne Loads is questioning whether this is a good idea... 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these... 

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is an initiative set up to ‘take the academics out of their ivory towers and engage with the public’. The format could easily turn into a dull lecture but compere, Susan Morrison, ensures that the audience are comfortable talking back to the speaker and injects the evening with some self-deprecating, suitably tone-lowering humour to make the potentially dense subject much less intimidating... 

Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green

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. Alluring suitors with a pungent rotten odor, promising nectar for the exchange of goods, or going at it alone... 

Eaten

Eaten

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. Poop. While the names and characters are truly silly, the show works on a multitude of levels for an audience of all ages... 

Ensonglopedia of Science

Ensonglopedia of Science

John Hinton is on a one man mission to make science cool. Quite an easy mission really, as science was very cool long before John got his musical hands on it. Nevertheless, it is a noble cause... 

Doing Drugs (Policy)

Doing Drugs (Policy)

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 holding strong opinions on how we regulate and legislate their use... 

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Vaccines save lives. Yet vaccine opponents and conspiracy theorists continue to make dangerous claims that put the public in danger. Worryingly, the most prominent of these voices are using their anti-establishment platform to perpetuate myths that have been previously debunked... 

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh after a smash-hit, sell-out run in 2016. This year she's exploring the lost women of science... 

Women, Science Is Not For You: III

Women, Science Is Not For You: III

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 women... 

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Memory is an untrustworthy companion. It fails often and badly – people even have memory for things that never happened. And it isn’t trivial – just ask Calvin Johnson, who spent sixteen years in jail because he was misidentified by an eyewitness... 

Is Pee a Feminist Issue?

Is Pee a Feminist Issue?

Elaine Miller (physiotherapist, comedian, mother and reformed incontinent) believes women’s health provision is rooted in misogyny. The future is female? Statistically speaking, it’s a leaky, traumatised, depressed, inactive future for many women... 

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

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. Ever thought you’d see a TED talk combined with an hour of hip hop improv? No, me neither... 

The Future of Desire

The Future of Desire

What is the future of desire? I hoped Neil Frude, a leading lecturer on abnormal psychology, would be able to tell me. Except what happened within this 45-minute talk was two things: I learned about the multitude of condom flavours on the market and fundamentally, that sci-fi TV series Humans on Channel 4, is in fact accurate... 

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

The year is… not important; this is fiction. But Susan, the last secondary school student on Earth, is deciding what to study at university. Physicist Helen Cammack and psychologist Kate Cross (University of St Andrews) are here to do battle for Susan’s soul... 

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee) has already told us to stop brushing our teeth. Now she reckons we should start skipping our routine scale and polish too. Should a dentist really be saying this? Well, yes! Working with Craig Ramsay (Head of Chief Scientist’s Office Research Unit) on a £3 million trial, Jan has found that there are no benefits from this routine dental treatment, or from oral hygiene instruction... 

The Art and Science of Gin

The Art and Science of Gin

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. Edinburgh Gin has quickly become a hallmark company in this city and it is fantastic to see them getting involved in the Fringe... 

The Pain Factory

The Pain Factory

Legal systems operate on a pain principle: punishments should involve a loss, and that loss should be painful. The problem is, some of us feel some losses more keenly than others: one person might find prison life merely unpleasant and difficult, while another could spend their entire prison term in a constant state of fear and distress... 

Eradicate Parkinson’s?!

Eradicate Parkinson’s?!

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. Research is now at a point where we know major mechanisms underlying the Parkinson’s process and cutting-edge preventative therapies are being tested in the lab... 

Skeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe - Free

Skeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe - Free

We are Edinburgh Skeptics. We bring science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking to an increasingly scary and irrational world one talk at a time. Featuring a variety of speakers – some well known, some not so much, but all are at least experts in their field – on a multitude of topics... 

Scottish Superwomen of Science – Minerva Scientifica

Scottish Superwomen of Science – Minerva Scientifica

2016 Fringe award-winner Frances M Lynch returns, celebrating breakthroughs by Scottish women scientists in genetics, geology, computing, engineering, astronomy, marine biology, mobile phones, etc... 

Off the Top: Neuroscience With Attitude

Off the Top: Neuroscience With Attitude

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 improvisation and comedy... 

Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK

Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK

Criminologist Gemma Flynn (University of Edinburgh) invites you to delve unashamedly into the world of pop culture behemoths The Kardashians. Should academia make more of an effort to keep up with The Kardashians (#KUWTK)? Gemma reckons so and she has gender and justice research, plus plenty of primary sources, to prove it... 

Outer Space – The Next Empire?

Outer Space – The Next Empire?

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. Who does outer space belong to, and are humans the only ones in it? Will colonising space soon become our business-as-usual, and should we be doing it at all? Is any of this plausible reality, or are these just Pippa’s works of fiction? Come along to find out and have your say on the future of human activity in outer space! 

Bring Back Child Labour!

Bring Back Child Labour!

Children should work more. Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) reckons the ban on child labour is an injustice that disempowers and infantilises children. Rather than focusing on the age at which children are allowed to work, he thinks we should promote good work for children: work which is safe, enjoyable and materially rewarding... 

Making a Signbank Withdrawal

Making a Signbank Withdrawal

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. Loosely inspired by the TV show Pointless, they’ll keep each other in check while taking the audience on a slightly naughty, irreverent but evidence-based and informative tour of the many vaults contained within the Signbank... 

Double Dome Nights: Dark Side of the Moon – the Full Dome Experience

Double Dome Nights: Dark Side of the Moon – the Full Dome Experience

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 experiences... 

Barney's Brewery Tours

Barney's Brewery Tours

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 Summerhall to do just that... 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Elaine Miller, comedian, physiotherapist and recovered incontinent, shares the pelvic floor’s wonders so you’ll laugh, but not leak. She wants men and women to learn how to take back control (and enjoy bonus orgasm side effects)... 

The Amazing Bubble Man

The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out there for the last 10 years... 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

The Science Guy is back. Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant's toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, growling jelly babies and even flying toilet paper! If you think science is boring – think again... 

Nikola and His Travelling Lux Concordia

Nikola and His Travelling Lux Concordia

Psychedelic trip meets TED talk. Meet Ola the time traveller, warring with his past life, Nikola, a modern scientist, as they fight for the audience’s support for philosophies of science and spirituality... 

Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity

Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity

Following award-winning sell-out performances in Edinburgh and Adelaide, Kevin returns with a brand-new show. Enter a space where the rules of gravity are bent and broken... Impossible illusions and levitations brought to you by the magician-scientist hybrid tutored by Penn & Teller... 

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh after a smash-hit, sell-out run in 2016. This year she's exploring the lost women of science... 

Science Magic

Science Magic

After a hugely successful run last year, Science Magic is back at the Edinburgh Fringe. Join triple award-winning comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan as he shows you amazing science tricks using everyday items... 

Science Magic

Science Magic

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 scientific secrets behind them and even how to do them yourself at home... 

The Girl From Mars

The Girl From Mars

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 Shiiine On Weekender, ‘The Girl From Mars’ brings you the biggest Britpop anthems in a cosmic love story... 

1 Woman, a High Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines (WIP)

1 Woman, a High Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines (WIP)

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines ('The Crown', 'Sunny D', BBC Radio) is exploring the lost women of science. Expect puns, facts and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle... 

Rap Guide to Consciousness

Rap Guide to Consciousness

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. Lots of fun but completely impossible... 

1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

This is a pleasant, goofy and geeky hour which largely talks about a three point plan to get one woman closer to a Cox. And yes, the Cox in question is Brain – and so it’s appropriate that it’s his song, via D:Ream, that greets the audience as they arrive... 

Ensonglopedia of Science

Ensonglopedia of Science

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells and plenty more. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme. This is the brand-new show by John Hinton, writer and performer of the multi-award-winning 'Scientrilogy of Musical Comedies' about Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie... 

One in Four

One in Four

A newly-devised piece exploring issues of mental health. A sympathetic yet playful look at three different stories and perspectives currently affecting an ever-growing number of sufferers around the world... 

Re: Production

Re: Production

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 Saturday... 

Mozzz!

Mozzz!

Mozzz! A week in the life of an undercover mosquito. A highly topical, witty, sexy monodrama from festival award-winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane... 

GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK PART TWO 'Second Helpings'

GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK PART TWO 'Second Helpings'

George Egg, the stand-up comedian who cooks onstage using absurd and innovative techniques, returns. A follow-up to his sell-out and award-winning first show (‘George Egg: Anarchist Cook’), ‘Anarchist Cook Two: Second Helpings’ sees George preparing more dishes in a whole variety of unconventional environments... 

Off the Top

Off the Top

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 improvisation and comedy... 

Gemma Arrowsmith: EARTHLING

Gemma Arrowsmith: EARTHLING

In 1977 NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 to explore the outer solar system. After their mission was complete, these spacecraft continued into deep space carrying golden phonograph records which contained sounds and images from Earth... 

One Stop Body Shop

One Stop Body Shop

Please! Come in and browse. You can choose from researcher Gill Haddow’s range of options for the repair and replacement of organs. Currently, she has several options in stock: human organs from deceased or living donors are all the rage nowadays but, yes, supplies are limited... 

The Antibiotic Apocalypse Threatens Us All!

The Antibiotic Apocalypse Threatens Us All!

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. More and more bacteria are becoming resistant, yet no new antibiotics have been developed since the 1980s... 

Hug a Thug

Hug a Thug

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 you! Leading youth criminal justice researchers Lesley McAra and Susan McVie will bring you the stories of prisoners, many of whom committed crimes from a young age... 

If I Googled You, What Would I Find?

If I Googled You, What Would I Find?

It’s a troubling question and most of us probably don’t know the answer. Most of us probably don’t know just how much of information about us can be found online, so what can we do to manage our digital footprint and what are the implications of having our data available online? The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas are here to find out with the help of Nicola Osborne from the University of Edinburgh... 

Dolly the Sheep: Major Discovery or Minor Distraction?

Dolly the Sheep: Major Discovery or Minor Distraction?

Twenty years after her birth, Dolly the Sheep is a scientific and Scottish icon. However, she was only ever a small part of a much bigger research programme and the cloning technique used to produce her has now been overtaken by newer, better technologies... 

Is the Cyber Armageddon Coming?

Is the Cyber Armageddon Coming?

Past wars have started for the most trivial of reasons. In the 21st century, will one country’s cyberattack on another trigger the end of days? Maybe we’re being paranoid; experts now suspect North Korea had nothing to do with the recent Sony data breach... 

600 People

600 People

Is anybody out there? It’s a question that’s inspired generations of writers and filmmakers, religious leaders, astrophysicists and, of course, conspiracy theorists. Accompanied by a beautifully illustrated presentation, Alexander Kelly — a long-time obsessive when it comes to the Voyager space programme — delivers a sincere, informative, and touching performance lecture covering the possibility of alien life, Fermi’s paradox, extinction events, space travel, genetic modification, and even what it means to be human... 

More Plastics = A Better World

More Plastics = A Better World

Plastics harm our world, right? Costing us energy, using up resources and polluting? Wrong. Research chemist Michael Shaver says we would be foolish to use less plastic; we need to be using more! The problem isn’t plastic: it’s the people who use and market it... 

Let Extremists Speak?

Let Extremists Speak?

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. This restriction of expression seems counter-intuitive to some of our most cherished British liberal values... 

Should We Have Zoos?

Should We Have Zoos?

Do zoos still have a place in society? If so, what is it? asks esteemed biologist Mary Bownes. When zoos first appeared they were zoological gardens, meant to show exotic animals to a public that would never otherwise have a chance to see them... 

How Cybercrime Benefits Society

How Cybercrime Benefits Society

When we’re online, most of us choose to give up our privacy for the sake of convenience. With all our personal data potentially flying around on the internet, how do most of us stay as safe as we do? Sociologist Angus Bancroft reckons that we owe it to the criminal underbelly of the internet – the darknet... 

Is This Your Life?

Is This Your Life?

We all leave a trace. (Some have a seemingly complete documentary of their lives on Facebook.) Archivist Rachel Hosker asks: If you were to leave an archive of your life, what would be in it? Would (and could) it reflect you, your life, thoughts, personality, work, interests, and relationships? What would be destroyed and forgotten? Would others put the same things in an archive about you? Is it possible to leave behind an authentic memory of yourself? Would you be okay with the memory left behind, and what researchers do with it?  

Tax Powers? Careful What You Wish For!

Tax Powers? Careful What You Wish For!

From 2016/17, the Scottish Government can set income tax rates and thresholds for Scottish taxpayers. This has major implications for everyone in Scotland, not just the rich. Will UK taxpayers take advantage of the ‘close connection’ rule to relocate to the more favourable tax jurisdiction? Will this affect money available for public expenditure? What will happen if devolution goes further, and the Scottish Government gets corporation tax powers? Will companies restructure to avoid paying tax in both jurisdictions? Is this another instance where we’re better together? Or is it a price worth paying?  

Robert Newman: The Brain Show

Robert Newman: The Brain Show

In a previous show, we witnessed Robert Newman intellectually tear down Dawkin’s view of evolution. Now in his second science-themed piece, Newman pierces deep into the heart of fashionable pop science and cynical neuroscience... 

Can Anyone Write a Romance Novel?

Can Anyone Write a Romance Novel?

Anyone can write a romance novel. Or can they? Amy Burge did a whole PhD on romance novels (yes, you can do that) and reckons there’s more to them than you think. Come along to this sixty-minute collaborative writing session and decide for yourself if romance novels deserve more esteem... 

The Science of Laughter

The Science of Laughter

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 guest Doctor Daniel Watkins from the Institute of Comedy Research as they take us on a belly laugh ride through the current scientific theories about guffaws and giggles... 

Let Big Brother Watch!

Let Big Brother Watch!

Satellite images now cover every inch of the world. Is this the invasion of privacy and major challenge to human rights that it is often argued to be, or is Big Brother really still quite tame? Putting aside legitimate concerns about some aspects of classified military use, is it fair to say that the majority of satellite images benefit our daily lives more than they intrude? Matjaz Vidmar, an up-and-coming researcher, votes for letting Big Brother watch... 

Cervical Cancer – You’re History!

Cervical Cancer – You’re History!

We now have great weapons against cervical cancer, but it still kills women every year. Cervical screening can detect the early effects of the virus which causes cervical cancer (HPV) before things develop further, and we can now vaccinate teenage girls against HPV infection so that they never even get the virus to begin with... 

The Maths Magic Show

The Maths Magic Show

Experience and learn mathematical magic tricks. Jason Davison is a magician and a mathematician on a quest to help you appreciate maths in a whole new way. Learn to read minds, make predictions and avoid phone damage all with the power of mathemagics... 

The Myth of Universal Sign Language

The Myth of Universal Sign Language

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 universal sign language, and the sign language world is divided up along very different linguistic lines to that of spoken languages... 

Hands Off My Clubcard… Just Take My DNA!

Hands Off My Clubcard… Just Take My DNA!

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 be even more powerful than examining our bodies... 

Language Lessons on the NHS?

Language Lessons on the NHS?

Research shows that learning languages helps us age healthily, even if we start learning them in later life. Being able to speak two languages can delay the onset of dementia symptoms by four to five years (more than any available drug!) and improve how well a patient recovers their mental abilities after a stroke... 

1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

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. Baines bounces about the space with an infectious energy, spouting popular science facts and wrangling every single googled tidbit into a pun... 

Keep the Kids Out!

Keep the Kids Out!

When they go out at all, they terrorise our streets and are a nuisance in our neighbourhoods. Are children an environmental threat? Or should we be adapting our environments to suit them? How about closing our city streets so children can play out like they used to? PhD researcher Jenny Wood and community engagement charity PAS will encourage you to look again at our urban landscapes and what they say about children... 

Bringing Death Back to Life

Bringing Death Back to Life

Dying is a universal human activity, and it shows no sign of abating. Despite the impact of non-smoking campaigns and the value of various screening and early diagnosis initiatives, death will still be 100% fatal for every single one of us... 

Is Cancer Screening Harmful?

Is Cancer Screening Harmful?

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. But the reality is more complex and screening has real side effects... 

The Sick of the Fringe - Opening Event

The Sick of the Fringe - Opening Event

The Sick of the Fringe is in its second year, building conversation, collaboration and community between the arts and medical science. 2016’s programme will be opened by Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, and events will take place throughout the Festival... 

Bad Teeth = Bad Health

Bad Teeth = Bad Health

It’s no secret that a lackadaisical approach to dental care leads to fillings and gum disease. However, the latest research evidence suggests it could also cause serious illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes... 

Physics Fan Fiction

Physics Fan Fiction

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 stand-up science comedy spectacular... 

Gareth Morinan: Graph Giraffe

Gareth Morinan: Graph Giraffe

Short man dressed as a giraffe shows graphs, gets laughs, then dissects height discrimination using statistics. It's worth noting that he's recognisable from The IT Crowd, because apparently TV credits positively correlate with Fringe show quality... 

Choose Your Own Science Adventure

Choose Your Own Science Adventure

You’re an up-and-coming scientist. Your mission is to search for the truth about human psychology… and make the truth interesting enough that people want to read about it. Your answer needs to be right, but more importantly needs to be published... 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

Edinburgh Skeptics Society returns for the seventh year with more undiluted brilliance. A different speaker on an interesting topic every night. Full listing on www.edinburghskeptics... 

Dissecting the Joke With Matt Hutchinson and Haran X

Dissecting the Joke With Matt Hutchinson and Haran X

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 Hutchinson (actual doctor) and Haran X (as heard on Radio 4 Extra) that’s also a neuroscience experiment... 

Project Flavour Behaviour: Personality Test

Project Flavour Behaviour: Personality Test

Find the perfect whisky for your personality. Project Flavour Behaviour is a scientific research experiment between The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Dr Adam Moore from the University of Edinburgh’s Psychology Department... 

Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint

Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint

For everything you never knew you needed to know about periods, there’s science comedian and sex educator Chella Quint. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, Chella deconstructs menstrual stigma with wit, craftivism and brute force, joyfully inviting audiences to hang ten on a crimson wave... 

GMO: Genetically Modified Organism

GMO: Genetically Modified Organism

In 2012, geneticist Joseph Fowler illegally used the gene editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 to save the life of his unborn daughter, Amelia. For this, he was sentenced to life in prison whilst Amelia was raised by her uncle... 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Comedian, physiotherapist, mother of three and recovered incontinent shares pelvic floor wonders and facts so you laugh, but don't leak. Scientifically proven to improve orgasms in both women and men... 

Allison After a Fire

Allison After a Fire

In the wake of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, Allison struggles to come to terms with losing everything. A challenging new drama about remembering, forgetting and the forest. 

Exercise is Bad for You

Exercise is Bad for You

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 training increase the risk of coughs and colds? Does prolonged exercise impair your heart’s function? Can exercise lead to addictive behaviour? It’s suggested that, in a lifetime, we have a fixed number of heartbeats; does increasing our heart rate through exercise shorten our lifespan? Participate in a discussion with life scientist Derek Ball about whether exercise is as good for you as we are led to believe. 

Mental Health is... Mental!

Mental Health is... Mental!

Leading psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie has heard enough talk about mental health stigma. Campaigns to make it okay to speak out are great, but they will struggle to get anywhere unless they recognise that mental health really is mental! And physical, at the same time! No other area of medicine is so controversial, because no other area of medicine is so complicated... 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Science like you have never seen before. Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant's toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, dancing paste, vanishing beakers and even exploding Pringles tubes! Thought science was boring – think again... 

Stuck in a Rut

Stuck in a Rut

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. Sometimes dark, often rude, be prepared for a fast-paced, joke-heavy, knowledge filled stand-up show... 

Science Magic

Science Magic

Join multi award-winning comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan as he shows you amazing science tricks using everyday items. And the best part? You can do all the tricks too! Become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends... 

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

After a sell-out run last year, magician/scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum presents his brand new show Illuminations. Showcasing stunning light based illusions, including the slowing of time using flickering beams, a will-o'-the-wisp floating above your head and for the first time ever, the creation of a rainbow live on stage... 

The Science of Living Things

The Science of Living Things

Delighting London audiences since 2013, The Science of Living Things bring their trademark show to Brighton. With crazy characters, bizarre experiments and explosions of wit; a single word is all it takes to create hundreds of never before seen improvised sketches... 

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral is a midnight mass - an ode to memory and the sense of loss which carefully evokes a frozen, car-crash, state of mind. Two actualities run in tandem. A voice-over, male then female, piles up pieces of narrative that form imperfect recollections of a relationship into an overlapping collection... 

1 in 3

1 in 3

Life is more than the days you have left. Jeff and Jasmine are diagnosed with a life threatening disease, but through each other they learn why life is worth being threatened. “An incredibly exciting play” ***** (Broadway Baby) 

1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (BBC Radio London, 'Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People', 'Call the Midwife') needs space... the final frontier type. Science meets funny in this work-in-progress show... 

Wanna Dance with Somebody! Or a Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Wanna Dance with Somebody! Or a Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Josh is good at dancing, but not at people. On the other hand, he did once read ‘A Brief History of Time’ by Stephen Hawking, so he reckons he’ll probably be alright. A new show about social anxiety, coping mechanisms, big ideas and tiny moments... 

Future of Food: Burgers... or Bugs?

Future of Food: Burgers... or Bugs?

Population growth, climate change and food inequality mean we need to take a fresh look at what’s on our plate. From edible insects to algae and lab-cultured meat, local, small-scale farming and waste reduction, what is the future of food? Come discuss and taste some bugs! At zero waste restaurant SILO. 

Peter Dobbing: Armchair Futurologist III

Peter Dobbing: Armchair Futurologist III

Multiple comedy competition finalist Peter Dobbing's last two shows brought you bitcoins, edible insects and virtual reality. Come and see what the Armchair Futurologist has in store for you in 2016... 

eXXhibition by Candy Medusa

eXXhibition by Candy Medusa

Ecological art weekend, raising awareness of plastic pollution, toxics in our seas and our bodies, women in science, art and exploration. Beach clean - 9am, 7 May; art workshops up-cycling beach garbage - 12pm, 7 and 8 May; all-female art show - 7pm, 7 May... 

Computers Are Only For Geeks

Computers Are Only For Geeks

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, impervious to the rest of the world? Many people would think this... 

What If Lance Armstrong Had The Right Idea?

What If Lance Armstrong Had The Right Idea?

Every four years we marvel at the feats of human endeavour at the Olympic Games, but imagine a world where doping was allowed. How fast, higher and stronger could human performance attain? This talk explores what the limits of human performance could be with the aid of a range of doping agents, whether we would want to see what a human could achieve, and the ethical implications that such an approach could raise. 

Off the Top

Off the Top

Baba Brinkman (science rapper, Fringe First winner, and half the cast of Off The Top) really loves his wife. His adoration radiates off him in a warming glow and is very much welcomed by his flustered, soggy audience (the great Scottish weather had not been kind that morning) who traipse into Canon’s Gait... 

The Sick of the Fringe – Main Events

The Sick of the Fringe – Main Events

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 collaboration between science and the arts... 

The Great British Brain Off

The Great British Brain Off

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 for the perfect brain, and what you can do if you feel your own grey matter needs some extra spice... 

PiTH

PiTH

This interactive one woman show follows a plucky American adventurer from the 1800’s as she navigates the joys and consequences of time travel. A woman apart, a ghost skimming across the fabric of time, she finds herself in complete isolation unable to interact with anyone around her... 

The War On Drugs Is Harmful

The War On Drugs Is Harmful

President Nixon declared war on public enemy number one in 1971. By 1994, drug laws resulted in the incarceration of one million Americans each year. The US now spends $50 billion annually on the war on drugs, mainly focussed on reducing supply – often through military aid... 

Alas, Poor Darwin...?

Alas, Poor Darwin...?

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. No, this is a biology and psychology lecture delivered by two academics, Lewis Dean and Kate Cross, on the subject of evolutionary theory... 

The Cocaine Conspiracy

The Cocaine Conspiracy

The cocaine trade has enormous social and ecological consequences on both global and local scales. The production of cocaine involves large scale deforestation and pollution as a result of the discarding of the reagents used to process from leaf to final product... 

Richard Wiseman: How to be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Richard Wiseman: How to be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

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 topics such as deception, dreams, luck and success... 

Am I Dead Yet?

Am I Dead Yet?

Death is an important topic and it affects everyone, obviously. Am I Dead Yet? uses storytelling, song and comedy to ask questions on death and ponder what would happen if medicine and science could keep you alive forever... 

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking

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 bit the mad scientist... 

Skating On Thin Ice

Skating On Thin Ice

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 ice all year round? Why are governments across the world so interested in what is happening up North? The Arctic climate is warming more quickly than anywhere else on the planet... 

Wild, Scottish And Free

Wild, Scottish And Free

A culinary conundrum. Six-thousand years of farming and improving crops and livestock and we still pay a premium for wild food. Our neighbours in Scandinavia are developing a new Nordic cuisine based on local, seasonal and native ingredients... 

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy About Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy About Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

You can always tell a show is going to be good when its name takes up most of the free space on a ticket. The Origin of Species...by means of natural selection or the survival of (r)evolutionary theories in the face of scientific ecclesiastical objections: Being a musical comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is not only a mouthful, it’s a feast for the eyes and ears... 

The Hidden World Of Functional Disorders

The Hidden World Of Functional Disorders

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 Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), a very real but misunderstood condition that affects 15% of UK neurology outpatients... 

Whose Face Is It Anyway?

Whose Face Is It Anyway?

Surgery to change facial appearance is increasingly common, for both reconstructive and cosmetic reasons. Surgical advances allow us to perform previously impossible operations, including face transplants... 

Ada

Ada

Meet Ada Lovelace, the 'poetical scientist', and daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron. A celebrity in her own time, this celebration of her life aims to restore her accomplishments and genius to the public eye, on the 200th anniversary of her birth... 

Skeptics on the Fringe 2015

Skeptics on the Fringe 2015

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. The talks vary day to day, and the quality is likely to be mixed, but watching a man talk about the cognitive abilities of chimps with the background of whether you can put a chimpanzee on trial is an excellent way to spend an evening away from the comedy and theatre grassroots of the Fringe... 

Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs

Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs

Festival of the Spoken Nerd present a variety of comedy stylings on maths, physics, and all things ‘nerdy’. Hosts Helen Arney, Steve Mould and Matt Parker are all charming, talented and obviously very smart, and their show is a fantastic and funny celebration of their interests... 

Mark Thompson's A Space Traveller's Guide to the Solar System

Mark Thompson's A Space Traveller's Guide to the Solar System

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 is about the experience of travelling in space... 

Unbelievable: The Science of the Paranormal

Unbelievable: The Science of the Paranormal

A rare opportunity to explore paranormal mysteries hands-on. To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, the University of Edinburgh's Koestler Parapsychology Unit opens its doors to the public for the first time... 

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

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. John Hinton gives an incredibly impressive performance like none I've seen before, and has the audience singing along about the wonders of radium whilst acknowledging the potential damage it can do... 

To Space

To Space

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. Clearly, she’s keen on spreading a greater understanding of science and the wonderful universe around us, though always with what could be termed a dose of scientific realism: for example, pointing out that the more we study the universe, the more complicated it appears to become... 

Let’s Turn On the Smart Light

Let’s Turn On the Smart Light

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 electronics to make this happen... 

Matt Parker: Now in 4D

Matt Parker: Now in 4D

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. Now with more dimensions than ever before! Star of You Have Been Warned (Discovery Channel), James May's Things You Need to Know (BBC Two), World's Top Five (Quest) and a guest appearance with Dick and Dom... 

Women! Science is Still Not for You!

Women! Science is Still Not for You!

The UK desperately needs more scientists and engineers, yet highly qualified, talented and ambitious women are still deserting science. Reasons such as unconscious bias and lack of confidence are only the tip of the iceberg... 

Stop Brushing Your Teeth!

Stop Brushing Your Teeth!

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 apple a day will: keep the doctor away if you’re a woman, over 50; not keep the doctor away; send you running to the dentist... 

Cervical Cancer – You’re History!

Cervical Cancer – You’re History!

Cervical cancer only affects women but is caused by a virus (HPV) very common in both sexes. HPV causes cervical cancer if not cleared by the immune system. We now have great weapons against cervical cancer but it still kills women every year... 

GM Bacteria Could Save Your Life!

GM Bacteria Could Save Your Life!

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 Salmonella can cause food poisoning... 

Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint

Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint

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 attitudes now? For everything you never knew you needed to know about periods, there’s comedian and sex educator Chella Quint... 

The Large HArdon Collider

The Large HArdon Collider

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. The Large HArdon Collider is a showcase of stand-up and musical comedy that serves to repudiate pseudoscience, debunk popular myths and discuss topics on the interface between science and society - all while making you laugh. 

Rosie Wilby: The Science of Sex

Rosie Wilby: The Science of Sex

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 highlights from her more recent piece Is Monogamy Dead... 

PiTH

PiTH

This interactive one woman show follows a plucky American adventurer from the 1800’s as she navigates the joys and consequences of time travel. A woman apart, a ghost skimming across the fabric of time, she finds herself in complete isolation unable to interact with anyone around her... 

Mark Thompson’s Space Cadets Training Academy

Mark Thompson’s Space Cadets Training Academy

Mark Thompson, well known as a TV astronomer and author, has joined the ranks of Space Command to help recruit some new space cadets. This show is ideal for kids aged between five and eight, and is based on aspects of the science curriculum for key stages one and two... 

Soak Up The Sun And To Hell With Skin Cancer!

Soak Up The Sun And To Hell With Skin Cancer!

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, Edinburgh dermatologist Richard Weller sheds some light on how the health benefits of sunlight may well outweigh its risks... 

Kevin McMahon – Quantum Magic

Kevin McMahon – Quantum Magic

State-of-the-art magic fused with incredible science, from the scientist turned magician who was tutored by Penn and Teller. Having spent the first 10 years of his adult life studying physics, and the next 10 studying magic, member of the Magic Circle Kevin McMahon explores the exotic space where science and magic meet... 

The Wonderful World of Lieven Scheire

The Wonderful World of Lieven Scheire

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 being the hobbits of Europe... 

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis

The first exhibition in Scotland by artists from the Dutch art collective Tropism. Featuring photographs of plants taken with unusual, often scientific, visualisation techniques, the exhibition provides a surprising and spectacularly different view on plants... 

Towards Dolly: A Century of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh

Towards Dolly: A Century of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh

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, featuring rare books, archives, pictures, sound and film from Edinburgh University Library, as well as Dolly the sheep herself, on exclusive loan from National Museums Scotland. 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Elaine Miller, physiotherapist, mother and recovered incontinent shares the wonders of the pelvic floor – so, come and laugh, not leak. Everyone wants control of their own body (and the bonus side effect of improved orgasms... 

Never Say Die?

Never Say Die?

From hospice care to funeral plans, talk of death is becoming mainstream. But some questions remain taboo. What frightens you most about dying? What happens on the road to death? Other animals don’t have those anxieties...