Hello people of Bath!
You might have heard rumours of something new in town. Something where scientists, performers, comedians, musicians, academics and troublemakers get together and make incredible events that will only happen once.
You might have heard correctly.
We’ve got into bed with the Universirty of Bath’s new arts venue, The Edge, for a chaotic science cabaret night for the nicest audience ever, on the evening of October 30th.
What is Science Showoff?
It’s a chaotic cabaret night for science fans, scientists, artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science. It’s been running for four years in London, Bristol and all over the UK, and has won awards while raising over £50,000 for charity. It’s been to the Birmingham Rep, the Bloomsbury Theatre, the Museum of Science and Industry and a gallery in a disused meat-packing plant (as well as loads of pubs, theatres and universities). So now it’s coming to Bath.
What happens on the night?
We start at 7.30, with an introduction from comedian and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow Steve Cross, and the night runs in two halves, each an hour long. The signed-up performers take to the stage to show off their science. They might:
Show a film they just made
Try out a new demo
Practice a new science comedy set
Tell us about their new discovery
Perform an 9-minute play about science
Play their new song about protons
Tell us what they’ve been up to
Predict the future
Give us a taster of their science-themed Edinburgh show
Read us their latest science poem
Try out a bit of a new science lesson on us
Play us a short radio documentary
Experiment on the crowd
Create an improvised science story
Perform an interpretive dance about science
Or anything else with a science theme…
Science Showoff is a scratchpad where audiences can see work-in-progress, ideas that might not work and performances that will never be repeated. Chaos is in its DNA and no two performances are ever the same.
Every set lasts 9 minutes or less. There’s a 20 minute intermission and we finish by 10pm, to give us an hour of picking each other’s brains over beer and to form new plans and partnerships before closing time.
What about money?
No-one gets paid to perform at this (including Steve, who does however take a small fee for his organisation and marketing time, gigs like this being what he does for a living). We keep ticket prices low and profits go towards The Edge’s work to take science and the arts to people who don’t usually get to experience them.
Our Youtube channel, featuring sets from Science, History, Engineering and Animal Showoff, might give you a clearer idea:
What do I do next?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and Steve Cross will tell you more.
DANCERS, THEATRE GROUPS, IMPROVISERS TAKE NOTE.
The Edge has a HUGE stage. If you’ve got ideas of a scale that won’t work at any other science event, this is the place for them!