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A lack of antibiotics to treat infection could soon bring us to a post-apocalyptic era where people die from minor injuries, or following routine operations.
Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that prisons make life too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this show is for yo…
It’s a troubling question and most of us probably don’t know the answer.
Twenty years after her birth, Dolly the Sheep is a scientific and Scottish icon.
Tory victory at the General Election, the crushing of Labour in Scotland, chaos on the Opposition front benches.
Past wars have started for the most trivial of reasons.
Award-winning comedian Lost Voice Guy started off in a disabled Steps tribute band.
Plastics harm our world, right? Costing us energy, using up resources and polluting? Wrong.
In the name of safeguarding and security, British counter-terrorism legislation is becoming increasingly restrictive of expression that is deemed to support non-violent extremism.
Do zoos still have a place in society? If so, what is it? asks esteemed biologist Mary Bownes.
When we’re online, most of us choose to give up our privacy for the sake of convenience.
We all leave a trace.
Witty, fresh and clever, Funny for a Grrrl serves a refreshing line-up of stand-up in this year’s Fringe.
From 2016/17, the Scottish Government can set income tax rates and thresholds for Scottish taxpayers.
The most dangerous harpist in the world accidentally made an album when she got lost looking for Lidl.
Anyone can write a romance novel.
We all love a good laugh, but why do we do it? What is it exactly that makes our mouths curl up, eyes water and noses snort like a pig? Join Professor Ian Mclaughlin and special gu…
Satellite images now cover every inch of the world.
We now have great weapons against cervical cancer, but it still kills women every year.
Moving from the UK to an English-speaking country or another part of the UK? Think you’ll be able to communicate in sign language? Think again! There is no such thing as a univer…
Your Clubcard may say more about you than your DNA, so should it be considered more private? When it comes to understanding patterns in health and illness, examining our data may b…
Research shows that learning languages helps us age healthily, even if we start learning them in later life.
You can tell a lot about a show from its audience.
When they go out at all, they terrorise our streets and are a nuisance in our neighbourhoods.
Dying is a universal human activity, and it shows no sign of abating.
We’re so used to hearing about the importance of regular cancer screening – catch it in its early stages while it can still be treated.
It’s no secret that a lackadaisical approach to dental care leads to fillings and gum disease.
You’re an up-and-coming scientist.
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…
Vaudeville, comedy and cabaret are all on the menu in a five-star feast of first-rate fun.
It’s past 11 o’clock so it’s time for the high-octane crash, bang, wallop Fringe comedians to take us to midnight with anarchic jokes, anecdotes, spoonerisms and songs.
Gary Dunn comes to the Fringe with his one-man (one chicken) magic show! Sixty minutes of family fun and some great magic from Scotland’s No 1 comedy magician and his trusty side…
Leading psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie has heard enough talk about mental health stigma.
When Bex is told she has to visit her uncle Angus in Edinburgh, she is not best pleased.
Back at the Fringe for its fifth year, LOLympics is an international comedy showcase.
Laughter with a kilt on.
Back by popular demand, presenter and singer Michelle’s brand new show, co-written with Bruce Devlin, tells the next instalment in the Glasgow based life of a glittering global m…
What have students ever done for us? Surely Edinburgh would be a better city without them? Swathes of the city would be habitable again for families, noise complaints would slump, …
What do you imagine when someone mentions they work with computers or in IT? Do you immediately think of a slightly nerdy man hunched over a keyboard in a darkened basement room, i…
Every four years we marvel at the feats of human endeavour at the Olympic Games, but imagine a world where doping was allowed.
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 …
Funny People showcases some of the best and brightest comedians
living with disabilities on the circuit, oh and a token “normal”.
How different is Scotland in 2015, to Scotland in 1835? As good education is increasingly costly and inaccessible to the poor, are we seeing our modern ‘lords and gentlemen’ believ…
Musical comedian Jamie Kilstein has an utterly charming stage presence.
President Nixon declared war on public enemy number one in 1971.
Alas, Poor Darwin…? may be officially listed as a ‘spoken word’ event, but don’t let that make you think it’s a poetry show.
The cocaine trade has enormous social and ecological consequences on both global and local scales.
Transforming arms into art.
Why don’t we just let the Arctic melt? What will the Arctic look like in 50 years’ time? Will your children be the last generation to learn that the Arctic seas are covered by ic…
A culinary conundrum.
How would you feel if you were paralysed or had blackouts, only to be told you were imagining it, hysterical, or making it up? This is still the experience of some patients with Fu…
Surgery to change facial appearance is increasingly common, for both reconstructive and cosmetic reasons.
Not So Native Now is a talk about multilingualism as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, engaging and inviting the audience to consider our preconceptions about bilingualism an…
Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director of Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art and Director of the Diversity Network discusses and debates the role that fashion plays in stereotyping id…
Countrybile – armed with a blunderbuss, a bottle of Scotch and his rabid wit, stand-up poet Elvis McGonagall emerges from his godforsaken rural idyll at the Graceland Caravan Par…
Afternoons are dead boring now, everyone knows that, even proper stupid idiots.
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…
The UK desperately needs more scientists and engineers, yet highly qualified, talented and ambitious women are still deserting science.
The common phrase ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ sounds quite sensible in promoting healthy living, doesn’t it? However, a quick internet search suggests that eating an …
A river of drink runs through Scotland’s history – plague, murder, temperance and social reform are drenched in six iconic drinks (swallies, as the locals say).
Cervical cancer only affects women but is caused by a virus (HPV) very common in both sexes.
GM Bacteria? Noooo! But what if I told you that GM Salmonella might save your life one day? Most people remember Salmonella because of the controversy with eggs, and many know that…
Imagine we are creating an encyclopaedia for extraterrestrials.
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…
A cabaret of the art and ideas of Scotland’s political awakening.
A must-see cocktail of the best in sensational cabaret, comedy, burlesque and musical entertainment.
Kids! Do you need somewhere to take your adults without them getting bored and going in a huff? Bring them to Funny Stuff for Happy People, where the adults can have just as good a…
Mark Thompson, well known as a TV astronomer and author, has joined the ranks of Space Command to help recruit some new space cadets.
Presenter, columnist and singer Michelle brings a new Reloaded one-woman show to the Festival.
Four fantastic comediennes on one amazing show! We’ve selected the funniest women we could find at the Fringe, and brought them together for an afternoon of comedy you’ll never…
Pretty self-explanatory, really.
Award-winning comic Bruce Fummey, triumphantly returns telling the history of Scotland.
Hailed by L.
In Set List, spontaneity is the name of the game; a selection of comics perform completely improvised sets in front of your eyes, with nothing to guide them but key phrases which a…
The point of a thought-experiment is to provide a way of exploring the consequences of an idea, not through a metaphorical prism, but through a literal imagining of what might happ…
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 is for you! Th…
Would you eat bacon from a lab designed pig? Is GM meat really a solution to future food shortages? Debates about genetically modifying our food raise many concerns.
Everyone knows that sunbathing is the fastest way to skin cancer .
The selective abortion of female babies is a high-profile reason for why some countries have more men than women.
A rare treat of the Fringe is being able to speak your mind in a venue
without having the talent shout you down.
Medical science has advanced thanks to what we’ve learnt from patients’ data.
Brandishing a Tesco clubcard, Dr Mhairi Aitken warns us that a loyalty card can say a lot about you.
The pioneering Statistical Accounts of Scotland systematically described 18th-century Scotland and its people, capturing glimpses of the daily lives of those forgotten by the histo…
Spent your hard-earned cash on games that promise to protect your brain? Still forgetting why you went into that room? Then come and put brain training on trial.
We may not all read the Daily Mail, but many Brits still think that learning a second language is unnecessary.
There’s no way to review this show without first admitting that the title does half the job.
Why are women deserting sciences in droves? Is it unconscious bias, a lack of aspiration, lack of confidence - or just lack of ability? Are we failing our daughters, or is this jus…
We’re straight from the research field to the Fringe! Bright Club is the freshest thing in stand-up - an academic comedy cocktail synthesised for your entertainment and enlighten…
Come gather in the yurt at the
Stand in the Square for another in the series of The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.
How would you feel if you were paralysed or had blackouts, only to be told you were imagining it or, worse still, making it up? This is still the experience of some patients with F…
Have you ever thought about what having children might mean in the future? What if you could design your own baby? Would you design your baby to have the intelligence of Stephen Ha…
Michelle McManus returns to the Festival, after her sell-out show last year which received five-star reviews across the board.
You are summoned for jury service.
As a comedian, Robert Newman seems somewhat unqualified to espouse a new
theory of evolution, especially a theory that is rejected by most scientists.
Scotland is the ‘sick man of Europe’.
In all the noise and bustle of Edinburgh during August, this was a refreshing and quiet event.
Is minimum alcohol pricing making our health worse? Dr Angus Bancroft (University of Edinburgh) reckons so.
Professor Michael Fourman of the University of Edinburgh hosted this
event as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, a series of seminars and
lectures taking place during the Fr…
To say that Alternative Comedy Memorial Society is a cult phenomenon is an understatement… and to call it a showcase night would be wildly simplifying the interactive, experiment…
Do you think fashion should be socially responsible? Do you believe the industry should do more to communicate healthier and diverse beauty ideals? The Edinburgh College of Art and…
Politicians tell us that cutting benefits will motivate the unemployed to find work.
Should Capitalism Be
Criminal? was the first discussion in a series entitled Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, which is
essentially a leftie version of Question
Time, set in a yurt in…
Scotland has the highest per-head consumption of cocaine on the planet, and it damages more than just our health.
The Fringe debut performance from Egyptian stand-up comedy troupe and platform Al Hezb El Comedy.
David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’.
Kids! Do you need somewhere to take your adults without them getting bored and going in a huff? Bring them to Funny Stuff For Happy People, an hour of comedy, circus, storytelling,…
Four fantastic comediennes on one amazing show! We’ve selected the funniest women we could find at the festival and brought them together for an afternoon of comedy you’ll neve…
Now in its fifth glorious year, Vive le Cabaret guarantees the biggest laughs, the hottest burlesque and the most sensational circus, speciality and musical performers of any varie…
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