Irrational Me

Irrational Me

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… 

Amazing Bubble Man

Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. 

Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science 2.0

Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science 2.0

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

The Female Role Model Project

The Female Role Model Project is just that, a project. 

Sea Sick

Sea Sick

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 … 

The Dark Side of Research

The Dark Side of Research

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: Hilarious Humans

Emer Maguire: Hilarious Humans

Emer Maguire is a TEDx performing musical comedian, an international award-winning science communicator and a double Irish Radio Award winning BBC radio presenter. 

The Art of Skipping

The Art of Skipping

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. 

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to...

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to...

Evolution premiered in 2009 and won a Scotsman Fringe First award: ‘Intelligent, informative, and hugely entertaining’ (Chortle. 

STYX

STYX

A mixture of mythology, memory and music. 

Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness

Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness

One day the earth might be so devastated that we might need to leave for a distant planet. 

If I Die on Mars

If I Die on Mars

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. 

1.5 Degrees Live!

1.5 Degrees Live!

The 2018 IPCC Report on the impacts of global warming of above 1. 

Impulse Control

Impulse Control

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… 

The Maths Magic Show 2019

The Maths Magic Show 2019

Returning for the third time after the previous full-house shows. 

Maths Madness with Kyle D Evans

Maths Madness with Kyle D Evans

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… 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

You think science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen it before. 

A-Z Mental Health Atlas

A-Z Mental Health Atlas

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. 

Lewis Schaffer is Mr Diabetes – Free

Lewis Schaffer is Mr Diabetes – Free

Lewis Schaffer is a New York Jewish comic. 

Science Magic: Play with Your Food

Science Magic: Play with Your Food

The hilarious science show is back with a new food-themed show. 

The Anxiety Experiment

The Anxiety Experiment

Take control of anxiety, anger and stress using GazeTherapy, the medical breakthrough based on proven brain parts and connections. 

Matt Hobs BSc (Bristolian of Science)

Matt Hobs BSc (Bristolian of Science)

Matt Hobs is a proud Bristolian, Doctor of Science and silly sausage. 

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. 

Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science

Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science

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… 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Comedian, physiotherapist, mother of three and recovered incontinent, Elaine Miller says #laughdontleak. 

Kevin Quantum: Neon Future

Kevin Quantum: Neon Future

This year Kevin examines our evolution using the only discipline able to illustrate our incredible possible futures, here, in the present: magic. 

Einstein

Einstein

Pip Utton is one of the world’s most respected performers of solo theatre and a Fringe legend. 

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Culture

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Culture

Music, poetry, art, science, politics, relationships, strange behaviors found in a species of (mostly) hairless primate. 

The Spy Who Doped Me

The Spy Who Doped Me

The margin between success and failure in elite sport can be miniscule. 

May Contain Neanderthal

May Contain Neanderthal

Our genes make us who we are. 

#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… 

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 r… 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 hilario… 

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. 

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. 

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 corpora… 

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… 

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 cr… 

Footballers Have Feelings Too

Footballers Have Feelings Too

And we can learn from them. 

Hannah and Charlie: Making It

Hannah and Charlie: Making It

Hello! I’m Charlie Miller, and I was in Budgie the Little Helicopter. 

All News Is Fake News!

All News Is Fake News!

We’re all brainwashed, biased and influenced by personal experience, even scientists. 

Disgust for Dummies

Disgust for Dummies

What do dirty floors and corrupted politicians have in common? They are both revolting. 

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. 

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Everybody believes that education is good: the more, the better. 

School of Batman – Live!

School of Batman – Live!

Batman is the world’s greatest scientist and we can prove it. 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. 

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well known. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Science is F***ed

Science is F***ed

Science is thought of as the definitive truth of our time. 

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 e… 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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? Unfo… 

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 a… 

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. 

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 vie… 

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Your pictures and regrettable digital utterings are public. 

Abolish Childhood!

Abolish Childhood!

Childhood is an injustice. 

One Giant Leap for June

One Giant Leap for June

June has ambitions of going into space. 

What Does Sex Sell?

What Does Sex Sell?

Men are sexual predators and women are sex objects – or so advertisers tell us. 

Eaten

Eaten

What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. 

Science Magic

Science Magic

Due to overwhelming demand, Science Magic is back with not one, but two shows every day. 

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. 

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 artwor… 

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. 

Brainiac Live!

Brainiac Live!

Strap on your safety goggles. 

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) reckons psychiatry, his profession, is underrated. 

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. 

A Virus to End Humanity?

A Virus to End Humanity?

We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola. 

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. 

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. 

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… 

Surviving the Storm

Surviving the Storm

Some trauma in life might be inevitable, but not many people would view it as essential. 

The Romance Novel as High Art?

The Romance Novel as High Art?

Anyone can write a romance novel. 

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Data is everywhere. 

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. 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. 

Shiver Me Liver

Shiver Me Liver

Liver disease is avoidable, silent and the third highest killer of those under 65 in the UK. 

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. 

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, … 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. 

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’. 

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. 

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. 

Ensonglopedia of Science

Ensonglopedia of Science

John Hinton is on a one man mission to make science cool. 

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Vaccines save lives. 

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 h… 

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. 

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 wo… 

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Memory is an untrustworthy companion. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee) has already told us to stop brushing our teeth. 

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

The year is… not important; this is fiction. 

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. 

The Pain Factory

The Pain Factory

Legal systems operate on a pain principle: punishments should involve a loss, and that loss should be painful. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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, mo… 

Skeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe - Free

Skeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe - Free

We are Edinburgh Skeptics. 

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 impro… 

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. 

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… 

Bring Back Child Labour!

Bring Back Child Labour!

Children should work more. 

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. 

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 Summ… 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Elaine Miller, comedian, physiotherapist and recovered incontinent, shares the pelvic floor’s wonders so you’ll laugh, but not leak. 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

The Science Guy is back. 

Nikola and His Travelling Lux Concordia

Nikola and His Travelling Lux Concordia

Psychedelic trip meets TED talk. 

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. 

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. 

Science Magic

Science Magic

After a hugely successful run last year, Science Magic is back at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

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 scientifi… 

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 … 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Ensonglopedia of Science

Ensonglopedia of Science

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. 

One in Four

One in Four

A newly-devised piece exploring issues of mental health. 

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 Saturd… 

Mozzz!

Mozzz!

Mozzz! A week in the life of an undercover mosquito. 

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. 

Off the Top

Off the Top

Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr. 

Gemma Arrowsmith: EARTHLING

Gemma Arrowsmith: EARTHLING

In 1977 NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 to explore the outer solar system. 

One Stop Body Shop

One Stop Body Shop

Please! Come in and browse. 

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. 

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 yo… 

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. 

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. 

Is the Cyber Armageddon Coming?

Is the Cyber Armageddon Coming?

Past wars have started for the most trivial of reasons. 

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. 

More Plastics = A Better World

More Plastics = A Better World

Plastics harm our world, right? Costing us energy, using up resources and polluting? Wrong. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Is This Your Life?

Is This Your Life?

We all leave a trace. 

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. 

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. 

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 gu… 

Can Anyone Write a Romance Novel?

Can Anyone Write a Romance Novel?

Anyone can write a romance novel. 

Let Big Brother Watch!

Let Big Brother Watch!

Satellite images now cover every inch of the world. 

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. 

The Maths Magic Show

The Maths Magic Show

Experience and learn mathematical magic tricks. 

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 univer… 

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 b… 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Bringing Death Back to Life

Bringing Death Back to Life

Dying is a universal human activity, and it shows no sign of abating. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Choose Your Own Science Adventure

Choose Your Own Science Adventure

You’re an up-and-coming scientist. 

Project Flavour Behaviour: Personality Test

Project Flavour Behaviour: Personality Test

Find the perfect whisky for your personality. 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

Edinburgh Skeptics Society returns for the seventh year with more undiluted brilliance. 

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 … 

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. 

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. 

Gareth Morinan: Graph Giraffe

Gareth Morinan: Graph Giraffe

Short man dressed as a giraffe shows graphs, gets laughs, then dissects height discrimination using statistics. 

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 stan… 

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. 

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. 

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… 

Mental Health is... Mental!

Mental Health is... Mental!

Leading psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie has heard enough talk about mental health stigma. 

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Science like you have never seen before. 

Science Magic

Science Magic

Join multi award-winning comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan as he shows you amazing science tricks using everyday items. 

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. 

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

After a sell-out run last year, magician/scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum presents his brand new show Illuminations. 

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. 

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. 

1 in 3

1 in 3

Life is more than the days you have left. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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, i… 

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. 

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. 

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 … 

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 collabora… 

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. 

The War On Drugs Is Harmful

The War On Drugs Is Harmful

President Nixon declared war on public enemy number one in 1971. 

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. 

The Cocaine Conspiracy

The Cocaine Conspiracy

The cocaine trade has enormous social and ecological consequences on both global and local scales. 

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 … 

Am I Dead Yet?

Am I Dead Yet?

Death is an important topic and it affects everyone, obviously. 

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 b… 

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 ic… 

Wild, Scottish And Free

Wild, Scottish And Free

A culinary conundrum. 

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 Fu… 

Whose Face Is It Anyway?

Whose Face Is It Anyway?

Surgery to change facial appearance is increasingly common, for both reconstructive and cosmetic reasons. 

Ada

Ada

Meet Ada Lovelace, the ‘poetical scientist’, and daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron. 

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. 

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’. 

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 i… 

Unbelievable: The Science of the Paranormal

Unbelievable: The Science of the Paranormal

A rare opportunity to explore paranormal mysteries hands-on. 

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. 

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. 

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 e… 

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. 

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. 

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 … 

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. 

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… 

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. 

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 at… 

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 highl… 

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, E… 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 bei… 

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis

The first exhibition in Scotland by artists from the Dutch art collective Tropism. 

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,… 

Never Say Die?

Never Say Die?

From hospice care to funeral plans, talk of death is becoming mainstream. 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Elaine Miller, physiotherapist, mother and recovered incontinent shares the wonders of the pelvic floor – so, come and laugh, not leak.