Performers wanted! Science Showoff Bristol, 28th June

It’s that time again when SouthWesterners get to turn their dreams into reality by signing up to perform at Science Showoff on the Grain Barge! (YES, IT’S STILL ON A BOAT. We are totally climate-change proof.)

On the evening of June 28th, we are looking for performers to talk, dance, sing, demonstrate or generally make an exhibition of themselves about any aspect of any science. No experience necessary: just put together 9 minutes of performance for us.

We have an incredibly welcoming and encouraging audience of around 100 paying punters, a comedian compere to hold it all together, and all the money we raise goes to local small charities for whom the money makes a big difference. You can see examples of previous acts on our Youtube channel, but just because you don’t see anything like your work there doesn’t mean it’s not welcome!

We would really love to have more different kinds of performance, and when we say anyone is welcome, we mean it. Scientists, yes, but also students, actors, film makers, bands, sociologists of science, visual, mimes, playwrights, talented non-human animals, circus performers: go for it. Science belongs to you all as well.

Sign up here: and we’ll be in touch to tell you more about it. Laptop, microphone, and projector provided: if you need other props or equipment, or have questions about performance, drop us a mail, or bug us on twitter.

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Science Showoff – 26th April – the Grain Barge, Bristol

Hot on the heels of last month’s record breaking Science Showoff, we have another one to be friends with it. You can buy tickets now as a trust exercise, or read on to learn about the fabulous performers you’ll see there.

Join us in The Grain Barge for Bristol’s premier science comedy cabaret, featuring:

Ezzy Pearson – Have you ever wondered how to commit the perfect murder in space? Because Ezzy Pearson has. She’ll be talking you through her cunning plan.”

Stephen Litherland  Evolution has produced a wide variety of stunning and beautiful organisms throughout the natural world, however it’s also produced some pretty rubbish ones as well. Steve will be looking at how these pathetic excuses for organisms still exist despite them definitely not being the fittest at surviving.”

Matt Brierly – Animals and explosives – surely two things scientists wouldn’t mix right? Wrong! Comedian Matt Brierley takes a break from his sell-out dinosaur show to present the beguiling and bonkers tale of the poor animals that went BOOM!

Leah Richards, who’ll be talking about the charms of an animal a lot of us still find hard to love.

Antonia Forster – Is your love life not what it used to be? Can’t find a date worth swiping right for? Antonia “Ant” Forster argues that we can learn much about romance from the wonderful world of invertebrates.

Tom Rodgers – Like most rational people, Tom is pretty sure that ‘the internet’ is spying on him at all times. Tonight he’ll be trying to find out if video games and Facebook could really be controlling his mind.

KT Cooper presents “My Step-mum gave me a sex manual”. Taking her inspiration from the extremely popular podcast “My Dad Wrote A Porno” KT will make us all feel uncomfortable by reading excerpts from “The Book of Love” a 1970’s sex manual her step mum gave to her when she was 15. It may not be as saucy as Belinda Blinks but it definitely is more anatomically accurate!

and finally, the team from SynBioExpo, an exhibition from Tuesday 25th – Saturday 29th April, 10am – 6pm, will give an overview of their project! If you could change your DNA, would you? CRISPR is a new technology for editing DNA which has started to revolutionise biological research – and has the potential to transform the world around you. Bristol-based artists and researchers from the University of Bristol have collaborated to produce SynBioExpo, an exhibition that explores Synthetic Biology and CRISPR.

All brought together by your host, veteran of many Science Showoffs, possessor of many metal face decorations and one time Physics World comedy columnist, Scary.

Tickets are £6.60 or £8 on the door, so buy in advance to save pennies!


Doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start.

Venue: The Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Bristol.

Note:  venue is only accessible through stairs, we’re sorry!

All your ticket money will be given to small local charities. Suggestions for good causes welcome.

Science Showoff – 26th April – the Grain Barge, Bristol

But wasn’t it Science Showoff last month, I hear you cry? A smash-hit, sold out Science Showoff all about biology? Yes, and like biology, it’s replicating out of control.

Because in just under 3 weeks we’re going to DO IT ALL AGAIN.

Did you see people perform and think: I could do that! Sign up here.

Did you see people perform and think: maybe I could do that with sufficient persuasion! Talk to us about it.

Did you attend and want to have all that fun again? Your wish is our command.

Did your friends attend when you didn’t and tell you about what a good time they had? Avoid a repetition. Put it in your diary now!

Have neither you or anyone you know ever been? Change that.

As ever, we’ll be in the Grain Barge, our beautiful, accommodating floating venue, there will be nice chips, good cider, and we’ll be donating all door takings to charity. All kinds of performance from all kinds of people are welcome, as long as it has some connection to science. We have a really supportive audience and it’s a great place to test out material, develop skills, or try things you’ve dreamed of doing.

Science Showoff – March 29th – The Grain Barge, Bristol

We really love animals, bacteria, and other self-replicating and potentially lethal life forms. To show you just how great they are, we’ve booked loads of acts who are really into the squishiest, screechingest, most squamous bioscience around. Buy tickets now!

Joining your host, science comedian Steve Cross, in The Grain Barge for Bristol’s premier science comedy cabaret are:

Emma Sackville: Emma is a final year PhD student who is desperately seeking any distraction from having to actually complete her thesis. Turns out you can cram chemistry in to most of her hobbies – Harry Potter, Gin, Disney…

Heather Lampard: After launching the Bristol Nature Channel, Heather has researched lots of different subjects and in doing so, stumbled across a bizarre example of when humans have gotten nature fantastically wrong. Heather will be sharing the story of a long forgotten and curious legend from the middle ages.

Brian Mackenwells: Comic books are full of animal themed superheroes and their sidekicks. Brian is going to examine some early examples of the form, so you can join him in wondering what they were thinking .

Alex Lathbridge: Alex mixes science and hip-hop to bring you the funniest factual rhymes about the weirdest bits of biology.
You can mentally prepare yourself for his set by watching his Youtube channel, Rapstract.

Antonia “the Ant” Forster is an insect enthusiast and science communicator. Sharing true stories from her experience at the zoo, she can finally reveal the one phrase that sends every zoologist into a frothy-mouthed rage.

Will Davies: In Defense of The WaspWasps are one of the mainstays of English annoyance, alongside cold weather, hot weather, and people who talk about weather. So if wasps are so bad, how come nature has devised ways of dealing with wasps that will make your skin crawl more than a buzzing behind your ear?
Will can also be found co-presenting the EurekaNerd podcast.

Jennifer Garrett: Could birdwatching save our NHS? Using recent research, personal stories and a touch of poetry, Jen explores the relationship between health, wellbeing and wildlife.
Jennifer co-founded local 18-30s group Bristol Nature Network.

Ross Exton: Ross Exton will be performing a dramatic reading of ‘Carl And The Leopard’: a short story written by Ross and inspired by the true adventures of 19th Century naturalists and the first natural history filmmakers.
You can also study Ross’ behaviour in his natural environment on Youtube.

Tickets are £6.60 or £8 on the door, so buy in advance to save pennies!


Doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start.

Venue: The Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Bristol.

Note:  venue is only accessible through stairs, we’re sorry!

All your ticket money will be given to local charity Bath Welcomes Refugees.

Science Showoff, 23rd November, Grain Barge, Bristol

The world is rubbish. Let’s hide in science, art and laughter.

On Wednesday November 23rd, we invite you to join us on the Grain Barge. Buy tickets now. You’ll see talented performers including:

Leah Richards on Sexuality – what is it, what does it do, and does anyone care anymore?

Dom Moylett – When he isn’t busy using quantum physics to make our technology better, Dom likes to kick back and play video games, but he often finds them very difficult. He will justify why he struggles so much, by explaining how you can mathematically prove that your favourite video game is hard.

Poet Thommie Gillow and sci-commers Liz Lister and Becky Hurwitz (Wisterlitz) presenting extracts from Moonbrella, a work that explores the stories of some of the women whose lives are commemorated in lunar craters.

Jamal Kinsella – Human scientist Jamal Kinsella invites you into an experiment where you’ll be exposed to some bad vibrations

Russell Arnott has been an artist, an oceanographer, a Physics teacher and more recently the Outreach Officer for WhaleFest which involved going into schools with a life-size orca teaching kids about the sea. Having just started a PhD at Bath University, he is going to be talking about his research in plankton which is much more interesting (and important) than most people think…

Sadie Harrison, who has Noticed Something about the history of science.

Kate Oliver, a nanomaterials student doing a PhD in printing jelly, who will describe some experiments that just really didn’t need to happen.

and more, details TBC!

Location: The Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU (map)

Time: 7.30-10pm (doors 7.00)

Tickets are £6 in advance, £8 on the door. All the money we raise goes to local small charities for whom the money makes a big difference. This time we are supporting one25, a Bristol-based charity specialising in enabling women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues and build new, independent lives.

Tickets available at

Science Showoff at SpotOn 2016 – 3rd November, Star of Kings

When trying to make your equipment work, please a reviewer, or understand what that woman in your office is going on about, sometimes you just have to laugh.

So we’re adding a Science Showoff fringe event to SpotOn London, a one-day conference looking at the future of science, communications, technology and policy, on the 3rd of November. See attendees from the conference and our usual motley crew of talented science communicators perform at the Star of Kings in central London. We welcome anyone in the audience, whether they are attending the conference, scientists, or real people, as long as they are good at clapping.

Convinced? Buy tickets now!

You will be hearing from the wonderful:

  • Florence Schechter,  a science YouTuber and performer with a BSc in Biochemistry. This taught her the invaluable skill of hating working in labs, so here she is talking about them instead. Her hobbies include travelling and finding an appropriate cat gif for every situation.
  • Stevie Steven GCSE: Confused and amazed in a world I don’t understand, I’ll share stories of adventure and fannying about. This is mostly improvised, includes science and is unnamed.
  • Davina Bentley works as a lawyer by day and stand up comedian by night. As a neuroscience graduate and lawyer she is  particularly interested in the emerging field of neurolaw, but there are no good jokes there so just makes gags about body parts instead.
  • Sadie Harrison, dramaturgist and historian. She doesn’t know anything about publishing in 2030, but she can tell you about 1730.
  • Mike Conterio, who will be shining a light on a common device that has been of dubious benefit to science talks, but a boon to science and sci-fi
  • Elodie Chabrol – a researcher in neuroscience at UCL and the French director of Pint of Science. Outside of the lab, you’ll find Elodie on her phone organising Pint of Science and if not she’ll probably be at the pub! Elodie will talk about love, oxytocin prairie voles and will try and experiment on the audience.  Be ready to fall in love!
  • Scary Boots, a PhD student who will address fundamental scientific questions such as what to investigate and what to do when it doesn’t work.

Your MC for the night will be Northern Powerhouse Dr Jamie Upton. Jamie has a grand total of 1 (one) open access paper, which at least 8 people have read – 7 of whom are not his mum.

And more to be confirmed when we know what they are talking about! (If you’re attending the conference and interested in performance, give us a mail – )

Location: Star Of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX ( map )

Doors: 7pm, acts start 7.30

Tickets are £6 and all money goes to charity. Buy here or on the door.

The venue is upstairs: if you have access requirements, please contact us and we will do all we can to help.

Science Showoff Bristol – 23rd Nov

It’s the time of year when we celebrate rebels and iconoclasts – and so why not bring that spirit to science cabaret? On the balance of probability, you are unlikely to be burnt! Tickets now available to attend: Buy now. Acts this time include some stories of the women immortalized on the moon, the maths of why video games are hard, and the science of plankton.

Plus, we are looking for one more performer to talk, dance, sing, demonstrate or generally make an exhibition of themselves about any aspect of any science. No experience necessary, first-timers and new ideas welcome: just put together 9 minutes of material for us. Signup here .


Previously we have welcomed theatre about periods, rap about travelling to Proxima Centauri, dance expressing the formation of the first cells, and good old role-play as a hydrogen fuel cell. If you are: a science student or teacher, an actor or film maker, a band, a mime troupe, a circus performer or even a scientist with something to communicate about science, go for it.

Signup here: , and we’ll be in touch to tell you more about it. Laptop, microphone, and projector provided.

See you there!