Science Showoff – Weds 4th October – Star of Kings, London



Joining Steve Cross on the Star of Kings stage for the first of our October gigs:

Lydia Nicholas is an anthropologist working at the meeting points of health, data, culture and biology. Things get weird down there. She really isn’t sure who she is any more. Lydia will be talking squishy bodies, and how they screw with your politics

Dave Christensen is a stem cell biologist studying blindness. He also likes pretending he’s a detective to make lab work less dull

Fran Day explains the vital importance of units – how we measure things, from the ancient Greeks to modern theoretical physics

Shalaka Kurup is a postgraduate student by day – wine enthusiast by night. Shalaka will be here for nine whole questionably-entertaining minutes to talk to you about the seductive world of academic research

Plus more from Davina Bentley, Tayibbah Ali and Stanley Strawbridge.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW – £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the door

All proceeds go to charity.


Books Showoff – Weds 27th September – Waterstones TCR


(Image: A pretty typical scene from Books Showoff)

After a nice summer break spent reading about 1% of the books we’ve bought after too many Old Fashioneds at Books Showoff this year, the first and best London comedy cabaret by and for lovers of literature returns on Wednesday 27th September.


Joining your host Steve Cross in the beautiful Waterstones Tottenham Court Road cocktail bar basement:

Mirri Hengeveld discusses a controversial Victorian sex education manual and its even more controversial appendix

Renae Crossing, who may or may not be talking about Little Miss Fickle

Ed Jefferson introduces us to The Complete Literary Works of Mr Blobby

Jason Webber, from the web archiving department at The British Library, explains how books have impacted (for better or worse) the historical UK web. What is the most quoted Shakespeare Line? Who is more popular, Frankenstein or Dracula? Has E.L. James increased the amount of S&M talk?

Lauren Holmes on ‘Historias de España’, and how reading can not only open up new worlds but also new skills, such as learning a new language. It can be hard, often embarrassing, and unless you are bilingual you’ll almost never be become fluent… but it is fun, rewarding, and infinitely useful!

Plus more from Anna Ploszajski, Angus Dunican and Alina Paduraru.

Line-up subject to change.

Tickets on sale from the Waterstones website – £7

Can’t make September’s Books Showoff? We’ll be back at Waterstones on 25th October and 23rd November 2017.

Science Showoff Talent Factory II launch gigs – September, Star of Kings, London


Over two gigs this September we are VERY excited to introduce you to this year’s Talent Factory line-up – the UK’s next generation of funniest, smartest, scientists, science communicators, creators, producers, performers and generally awesome sciencey humans.

Join us in the basement of the Star of Kings, King’s Cross, for a chaotic cabaret starring:


Talent Factory Science Showoff show 1 – Wednesday 6th September


Sarah Jones, Matt Hutchinson, Julia Bourke, Katie Cresswell-Maynard, Antonia Forster, Claire Asher, Rachel Wheeley and Jamie Upton


Talent Factory Science Showoff show 2 – Friday 29th September


Cassie Hugill, Oz Ismail, Matt Young, Catie Williams, Hannah Thompson, Hana Ayoob, Lucy Eckersley, Belle Taylor and Hannah Cameron


Food Showoff – Tuesday 15 August – Star of Kings, London


Join Steve Cross and eight amazing comedians, cooks and eaters for a night about the funny side of food.

All ticket money will go to Shelter from The Storm, a local homeless shelter.

The line-up includes:

Aspen Glencross – farmer and food futurist
Alex Lathbridge – rapper and expert consumer
Sarah Jones – related to hill sheep farmers probably
Tim Eveleigh – musician and gourmet
Rob Warren – Veggie Lad
Jess Devonport – takes photos of her food
Julie Aelbrecht – comedian and food fan
Mary-Ann Russon – writer and food historian

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start at the Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1


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Science Showoff/Agony Auncles Fringe preview + fundraiser, Star of Kings, London – Weds 19 July

Dear Agony Auncles,

I have a whole range of issues to deal with, from personal relationships to work and politics, and from practical household chores all the way to angst about the meaning of life. Is there any way I can get truly scientific (if somewhat inadvisably applied) advice from actual real scientists? Can I ask them questions of my own, live on stage?

Yours Hopefully



A brilliant group of scientists and science communicators are raising funds to hit the Edinburgh Fringe this year with a show where they answer audience-submitted agony auncle-style questions using proper expert science knowledge and some very silly comedy.

To help them get there they’re performing a London preview to showoff not just their show but some excellent science comedy from other amazing acts (names to come!) to boot.

Ticket sales, and any donations on the night, will be put towards travel and accomodation at the Fringe.

Join us at the Star of Kings (near Kings Cross, London) on Weds 19 July. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


Ps. Can’t make it? UGH :[ But if you like the sound of this project, we’d love it if you contributed via Indiegogo

Science Showoff – Weds 5 July – Star of Kings



Joining your host Steve Cross in the Star of Kings basement for the last London Science Showoff before we head off to Jodrell Bank (lol) for Blue Dot, are:

Violet Kovacheva – talking about the challenges of being a mathematician (and not sure if she can still call herself that) in the world of cancer research

Emma Osborne – Prepare to have your mind warped by astrophysicist Emma Osborne’s light speed facts that unveil the power of the universe

Sadie Jones – she of the Astrobiological Sword: The story of Sadie’s PhD research into a single messed-up supermassive black hole and how her efforts to understand it morphed her into the fully fledged astro warrior she is today

Matt Bancroft – Matt is a PhD student at UCL, trying to figure out how and why people fall over. He’ll be talking about graphs and hoping that his jokes don’t fall flat.

Kieran Brophy – Kieran is a climate physics PhD student looking for the sort of love and affirmation from strangers that his supervisor will never give. His research is backed by an unlikely troika of the Chinese, mainstream media, and the frantic Morse blinks of Melania Trump

Renae Crossing – Renae has wanted every kind of job at one stage (ballerina, artist, graphic designer, architect…) and here she is as a science teacher! A lover of all things creative and of presenting science research as such, she’ll be sharing stories about physics, females and flesh-eating bacteria

Bahijja Raimi-Abraham – Get ready to learn all about the fascinating art of making medicines by pharmacist and lecturer Bahijja, who will be talking about how she plans to use her experience as a pharmacist to develop suitable medicines for all.

Plus more from and Yolanda Ohene.

Tickets – £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the night

The Star of Kings, York Way, London. Doors 7pm for a 7.30 start.

Materials Showoff – Tuesday 20th June – Star of Kings



We gave the engineers their chance to show off. The lawyers, historians, authors, and zoo-keepers. Now taking to the stage at the Star of Kings, arguably the researchers with the most double-entendres in their Wikipedia entry – materials scientists!

Curated by FameLab 2017 finalist, materials expert, and fire-trumpeter, Anna Ploszajski, our line-up includes:

Emma Ryan on space wire and why not to Google smut on work computers

Corrosion scientist Carol Glover with ‘A crisis in Flint. How corrosion caused devastation in the Vehicle City’

Richard Ouma tells us his experiences as an immigrant materials science student in London

What even is a material? Cerys Bradley doesn’t know, so why on earth are they even doing this gig?

Plus more from Oliver Broadbent, Natasha Simons and Hannah Cameron.

Tickets – £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the night

The Star of Kings, York Way, London. Doors 7pm for a 7.30 start.