SCIENCE SHOWOFF 12 – July 23rd, Hatchet Inn, Bristol

Tickets £5 (plus 50p booking fee) in advance
Jewel of the South-West, fair city built on seafaring, slavery and two terrible football teams, we return to you. Come to us for a night of chaotic science entertainment with some of the best geek talent to be found all around you. Tonight we offer a diverse menu of brainfood, locally sourced and all organic (like the chemistry rather than the farming practices). They are:

Steve Cross – science comedian, MC and troublemaker. From that London.
Paul Curnow – Songs in the key of life sciences; Self-penned ditties with a science twist
Jen Garrett – During the Wildlife Trusts ’30 Days Wild’ campaign in June, I challenged myself to write a poem per day observing wildlife in the city. Given that I could only count the number of poems I’d previously written on one hand, it was not surprising that I failed miserably by day 7. Good news is you don’t have to listen to 30 hastily written poems… bad news is you do have to listen to a few.
Antony Poveda – In defiance of Google, and with the help of the ultimate man crush, Antony will be trying to find a practical application for chaos theory.
Kevlin Henney – Opposites attract, so they say. But what about on a first date? At a planetarium? Between someone who’s into astronomy and someone who’s into astrology? Stars and science collide in this short story, “Star Signs”.
Jack Heal – Have we already made artificial life?
Clare Duxbury – Everybody knows about the classic five senses, here’s a spotlight on the unrecognised and unloved other senses your body has put at your disposal.


The gig is on Thursday the 23rd July at the Hatchet Inn, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are £5 (plus 50p booking fee) in advance from here. Or £6 on the door. All ticket money is going to LGBT Bristol to support local people.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF BRISTOL 12 – July 23rd. Sign up to perform!

Love Science?

Have something to say about it?

Looking for the nicest audience there is?

Based in the South-West?

I have news for you.

We’re coming back to Bristol for one of our bimonthly takeovers of the magnificent Grain Barge pub (it’s genuinely on a boat! It’s really exciting) for an evening of science-themed chaotic cabaret starring YOU.

Eight brilliant Bristolians (or those from nearby) are wanted to perform 9 minute sets of any kind about any sort of science. We welcome science presentations, demos, comedy, music, interpretive dance whatever you’ve got as long as it’s about science. This gig is perfect if you’re a scientist eager to get out more, a science teacher who wants to have an audience of adults for once, a science fan who wants to try a stage out for the first time, a musician or comedian with some experimental science material to try out or ANYONE AT ALL WHO LIKES FUN AND SCIENCE.

Signup here to perform: sets are up to 9 minutes long.

The gig is in the evening on Thursday July 23rd (we’ll need performers from 6.30ish to 10.00ish) with doors opening at 7.00pm.

Would you like to know what it’s like to perform? Aoife will tell you.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF curated by the UCL Public Engagement Unit – July 21st, Star of Kings

For the last seven years UCL (which those of you stuck in the olden days might call University College London) has had a team helping its researchers to interact with real people in new and interesting ways. Over that time they’ve developed loads of science talent, turning researchers into performers ready to rock any stage.

Tonight ten of those clever folk from the last seven years come together to show you just what scientists and engineers can do with a microphone and a little bit of professional help. At this chaotic extravaganza you’ll see:

Steve Cross – MC, comedian, troublemaker
Gemma Angel (UCL PhD 2009-2013) – set details tbc
Claire Asher (current UCL staff) – Claire is a science writer and communicator, behavioural ecologist and ant-wrangler. She writes the Curious Meerkat blog. Tonight she’ll answer the question nobody is asking: “why isn’t everybody an arsehole?”. From slime mould to meerkats, Claire will take us on a tour of altruism and cooperative behaviour in the animal kingdom.
Anna Ploszajski (current UCL PhD student) – science gags, a few games and demos that aren’t fire
Catie Williams (current UCL PhD student) – A microbiologist-turned-obsessive-primate-poo-collector, Catie is ready to convince you that her job’s not all that weird… honestly.
Cerys Bradley (current UCL PhD student) – Cerys is a PhD student in the Crime and Security Science at UCL, whose current research is based in Computer Science. She probably won’t talk about either of these things.
Oli Usher (current UCL staff) – set details tbc
Sarah Bell (current UCL staff) – I am an environmental engineer and I’ll be telling anti-jokes about poo (it’s no laughing matter).
Sophie Meekings (current UCL PhD student) – set details tbc
Jay Stone (UCL PhD student 2008-2012) – I’m likely to talk about how being friends
with Steve Cross gets me into tricky situations
Michelle Downes (current UCL PhD student) – What do babies know?

The gig is at the Star of Kings, in the basement on Tuesday July 21st. Doors open 7pm and the gig starts at 7.30. Come near 7 if you want a good seat! Over 18s only.

Tickets are £6 (plus booking fee) from All of your £6 will be donated to b-eat, a charity helping people affected by eating disorders.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF at the Royal Society, Tuesday June 30th

It’s the Summer Science Exhibition at the Royal Society! Summer is the time to pop to the home of the people who run British Science to catch labs showing off their work in a huge exhibition. For the third year in a row they’ve invited us over to add some chaos to the mix, with a night of science jokes, talks, demos and mucking about.

The gig starts at 7.00pm (it’s an early one, so arrive from 6.30) and will finish at about half eight. You don’t even need to book tickets or nothing. Just turn up! Look! We’re in the nice big dining room in the basement, and directions to get there are here:

Tonight the following science brainboxes will take to the stage and entertain and enlighten you for 9 minutes:

Steve Cross – MC, science comedian and troublemaker
Mark Purver – Jodcast host, physicist turned mega statto
Fiona Russell – Pain scientist with a sideline in chillis.
Kostas Tokatlidis – Biochemist from Glasgow
Dan Schreiber – comedian and fact repository
Megan Whewell – PhD student in space
Sarah Day – science writer, geologist and rock fan (GET IT?)

Hold on tight folks, it’s going to be an exhilarating ride!




It’s always exciting to go and visit one of the UK’s major science cities. Scrub that. One of EUROPE’S major science cities. Did you know that Manchester is going to be the European City of Science in 2016? Not London. Not that other city in the middle whose name I forget. Manchester.

And what better way to celebrate than Science Showoff rolling into town with the British Science Association in tow, for a night of science chaos (in the traditional sense rather than the Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park sense)? Tonight we’ll unleash a torrent of science talent onto the stage at the Museum of Science and Industry, some of it local and some of it in town for the Science Communication Conference.

You’ll see:

Steve Cross – Geek comedian, founder of Bright Club, compere, trouble-maker, science communication veteran and genetically-speaking a mancunian.

Sam Illingworth – Sam Illingworth, lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester
Metropolitan University will attempt to convey the entire history of
science via the medium of poetry. If you¹re lucky it may even rhyme!

Alison Atkin – Against the better advice of her peers, Alison embarked on a PhD. One again, against the better advice of her peers, Alison has agreed to do Science Showoff… again. Come witness an ill-advised and ill-prepared individual do the only thing she knows how: research.

Jon Wood – Can psychologists really tell what you’re thinking? Experience the science behind the Jeremy Kyle show with a live demonstration on stage!

Maia Elliott – Maia will reveal how our diets can unlock an arsenal of microbial superpowers in our bodies, transforming us into bona fide super-organisms.

Claire Asher – Claire is a science writer and communicator, recovering academic and ant geek. She writes the Curious Meerkat blog. She’ll be taking us on a whistle-stop tour of love, life and death in the animal kingdom.

Dom McDonald – Dom will be sharing his biggest screw-ups, featuring a cast of paedophiles, owls, and Stephen Jay Gould.

Sarah Bearchall – Sarah Bearchell (Sarah’s Adventures in Science) won the 2014 Josh Award for her innovative approach to children’s science. Prepare to embrace your inner child as we sample a (mildly chaotic) activity from her Oxfordshire Science Festival stall.

Tim Walton – Tim is a mathematical physicist: a half-mathematician, half-scientist hybrid who doesn’t really belong in either camp.He will spend 9 minutes flailing his arms around in an attempt to explain the very small in physics using the very large in mathematics.

Danielle Bryers – Filthy, flaming or faecal, farts are the marmite of excretions.  Danielle plumbs the depths of your guts and mind to understand why some of us think trumps are top and others think they just plain stink.

Lisa Heaney – Lisa’s set comes with a warning. She will be loudly and proudly using the n-word: that’s right, neuroscience! With her own brand of edutainment, she explores the pitfalls of a PhD as well as brains, drugs and exercise.  There’ll be love, laughter and you might just learn something.

Tickets are available for £6 here. Doors open at 7pm and the gig starts at 7.30 SHARP. We’ll finish at about 10pm. The museum will have a bar open selling all your favourite stuff. Assuming you don’t like anything REALLY weird. We’ll be at the Museum of Science and Industry.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF curated by Lindsay Keith (The Refinery) – London, June 16th


Guys we survived the engineers! We had to tell them that we secretly hate science and don’t love it but it was a lie and we only said it to try and make them like us and then we thought who wants an engineer to like them anyway but then some of them were quite nice and we were a bit confused about who we liked and we didn’t know if it was you or them and to be honest we’re probably going to hang out with them a bit more in the future but we’ll also hang out with you because it’s always been good and anyway we are back here with you and it will all be brilliant again and yay science!

This month’s gueat curator is the marvellous Lindsay Keith from the TV/video/events producers Refinery. She has reached deep into her bag of tricks to bring you ten acts for a chaotic night of weird science with a twist of high-stakes entertainment. They’ll each get 9 minutes on stage to wow you and show you that you’ll never find a better way to give £6 to charity.

Tonight see:

Steve Cross – Our compere, who in the last month has run sell-out Showoffs with engineers, historians and Bristolians, returns to the subject that first ruined his life: science.

Holly Rogers – I’m going to try and put people off the Underground by talking about what lives down there!

Lindsay herself – Lindsay is a former scientist, TV producer and business owner who has now had so many careers that she’s losing count. Or she might be, but she’s not sure. Ageing: It comes to us all. Well unless you’re Benjamin Button or have a special mirror in the attic – but surely there have to be some positives right? Lindsay does the research so you don’t have to and will be Showing Off about age related hirsutism, memory loss, degenerative physiology and …where am I again?

Ruth McAvinia – I’ll be talking about numerical weather prediction and running towards and away from tornadoes.

Deborah Install – Deborah hopes to raise smiles with an excerpt from her recently published debut comedy A Robot in the Garden. Heat magazine called the book ‘wonderfully weird and uplifting’, and Simon Ings of the New Scientist predicts Deborah is ‘the future of science fiction’.

Tracy King – Tracy King is a producer and writer specialising in humorous science animations. Her short film, Tim Minchin’s Storm, has over 3.5million views on YouTube, and she has written and produced sci comms cartoons on topics including the history of genetics, satellites, and climate change. She writes a column in Custom PC magazine and blogs at

Chella Quint – Chella Quint loves to science, and she loves to comedy. She will be comedy science-ing at you whether you like it or not –  because she is from Brooklyn and she is tough (but she hopes you will like it because she’s not that tough).

Iszi Lawrence – Iszi Lawrence is a stand-up comedian and host of the Z List Dead List Podcast – a show about obscure people from history. She plans to be talking about some scientists you might never have heard of.

Sophie Scott – set details tbc


The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings near King’s Cross on Tuesday June 16th. Tickets are available here: for £6 plus booking fee (the £6 will go to the Save The Children Nepal campaign, chosen by Lindsay. )


Mancunians Wanted – June 17th

Hi Manchester.

We’ve heard a rumour that you’ve got something to say about science,
and we’d love to give you a chance to say it in front of the loveliest
crowd you can imagine. Fancy having a go at Science Showoff on the
evening of June 17th at the Museum of Science and Industry in

What is Science Showoff?

It’s a chaotic open mic night for science fans, scientists,
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. It’s been to Manchester twice before and totally sold out the
front hall of the Museum of Science and Industry both times!

What happens on the night?

We start at 7.30, with an introduction from compere 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
Read us a blogpost
Perform an interpretive dance about science

Or anything else…

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

What about money?

No-one gets paid for this. We keep ticket prices low and profits go
towards the Museum’s work to take science to people who don’t usually
get to experience it.