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 – Weds 7 June – Star of Kings



We’ve got loads of new and exciting science faces on our Wednesday 7 June line-up, exploring all the biggest and most controversial issues in the history of science: pandemics, autoimmunity, men…

Joining Steve Cross in the Star of Kings basement:

Natt Day – Everyone loves watching pandemic disaster films. But are they at all realistic?

Alex Parsons explores the history and science of people complaining about dog poo in the street

Cam Watson talks us through the evolutionary origins of maleness. Ever looked at some men and just wondered… why?

Mirri Hengeveld – Justice Through Science: Magnus Hirschfeld and the beginnings of modern sexology

Sarah Binney talks 19th century clockmaking. Horrible Horology, or, why the time in London is the same as in Cork but not in Calais

Anna Cupani studied for her PhD at Imperial, and ended up in the middle of the Belgian countryside. She’ll be talking about her experience being a woman (and a foreigner) in the science and engineering world and the crazy, painful, and hilarious things that come with it

Alina Paduraru explains autoimmune disorders and how T cells are involved

Steve LeeA ramble in Academia, Alchemy and America…

GET TICKETS (£6.60 in advance or £8 on the door)



Engineering Showoff all-star gig – Bloomsbury Theatre – 23rd May


From civil engineers to mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software engineers, structural engineers, chemical engineers, industrial engineers, geotechnical engineers and all the other types of engineer we’d never even heard of – turns out they’re all HILARIOUS.

After a year of packed-out and brilliant Engineering Showoff gigs, we’re bringing an all-star line-up to the swanky Bloomsbury Theatre studio on May 23rd, raising funds for Engineers Without Borders.

Joining your compere Steve Cross from the private, commercial and unemployed sectors, are:

2017 FameLab finalist Anna Ploszajski, Katie Hassell, Oli Broadbent, Katie Cresswell-Maynard, Elena Rastorgueva, Phill Brown, and Philippa Jefferis.


Books Showoff – Waterstones TCR – 24th May



Books Showoff is the first and best London comedy cabaret by and for lovers of literature, be they librarian, collector, academic, reader, writer, binder, sniffer, comedian, futuristic drag poet, guitar-strumming maths teacher, over-enthusiastic fan of terrible ‘80s erotic fiction, or blue-haired scientist in a badger mask.

Yeah, the last few shows have got pretty weird…

Joining compere Steve Cross in the Waterstones Tottenham Court Road basement cocktail bar on Wednesday 24 May are:

Shiraz Engineer – the English Speaking Union’s Shiraz Engineer used to work at the Book Trust literacy charity, re-reading kids’ books over and over for a living. She’ll be introducing us to Robert Swindalls, the author who first sparked her reading obsession.

Beverley Glick – As a writer and editor Beverley has had a long career in journalism. Unfortunately she realised – too late – that this was not an adequate qualification for a task she was set in 2008: to write a chick-lit porno called Confessions of a Lap Dancer…

Rosie Clarke from Culture 24 will introduce us to the unbelievably determined writer and architectural historian, Nikolaus Pevsner, who came to the UK as a refugee and committed himself to an extraordinary lifelong labour researching and publishing the Buildings of England series. But how does this tie in with Rosie’s dad’s choice of anorak?

Rachel Wheeley – Rachel will be celebrating ‘towel day’ a day early. On May 25th, fans of the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy carry a towel as a tribute to the late, great Douglas Adams. Find out why H2G2 should be your sacred text.

Helen Lippell and Simon Koppel – 15 years of combined book buying has resulted in a valiant storage battle to ensure Helen and Simon’s collection is shelved, instead of balanced precariously in teetering piles around the house…

Rev. Kate Harford – Kate is the Ecumenical Chaplain at Oxford Brookes University. She’ll be  sharing some thoughts on How to Win Friends and Execute People (or, Things You Never Knew the Bible Could Teach You).

Claire Cheong – In ‘Look Who’s Back’, Timur Vermes wrote about a hypothetical scenario with the infamous Führer being back in town in today’s world. No need to look into the hypothetical world. Just look around. He already is.

Lyra Francis – Lyrá Francis (party girl, bar wench, possibly allergic to crab) hasn’t written a book – but she has ripped off several bestsellers online. Yes, it’s fanfiction and yes, it’s just as embarrassing as it sounds.

Get tickets (£7) from the Waterstones website

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 curated by FameLab winner Alex Lathbridge – May 3rd and 16th – Star of Kings

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Enjoy laughing and learning and drinking in basements? Want to see biochemistry PhD, rapper, FameLab 2017 winner, and Science Showoff Talent Factory hero, Alex Lathbridge deflect heckles with more grace than any political candidate pre-June 8th?

He’s curated a line-up of top hilarious and genius talent for two Showoffs this May in the Star of Kings basement, York Way, Kings Cross.

Here’s who to expect on Wednesday 3rd May (GET TICKETS):

Tiv Balendra, Will Other, Oz Ismail, Charvy Narain, Subhadra Das, Matthew Hutchinson, and Faz Alam.

And on Tuesday 16th May (GET TICKETS):

Maneesh Kuruvilla, Haran X, Sarah Cosgriff, Fatumina S. Abukar, Dan Hdidouan, Jamal Kinsella, Mike Sulu, and more.



Books Showoff, 27th April, Waterstones TCR



Our regular books-themed spinoff hits Waterstones Tottenham Court Road’s basement cocktail bar on Thursday 27th April. Joining your compere – top comedian and podcaster Iszi Lawrence – are:

Jim Craig – Jim will be talking about Danny Wallace’s annoying book Join Me, an account of how he started a cult by accident. Jim’s slightly obsessed with this book, because as a Church of England priest he’s meant to be the one who ‘collects’ people. So far it’s Jim Craig nil, Danny Wallace thousands.

Keith Kahn-Harris – Keith is a sociologist and an expert on Judaism and heavy metal. He couldn’t decide what to do for Books Showoff, so is attempting nine talks in nine minutes…

Paul Duncan McGarrity – Commercial archaeologist Paul is constantly shocked about the things he’s called upon to care about. He’ll be discussing the odd topics that a career in archaeology has led him to and the niche interest books which saved him from embarrassment.

Anne Welsh – Why do we have a specific ‘self-help’ genre of books offering us advice? Aren’t ALL books a form of self-help?

Frank Norman – The library collections of specialist institutions are a representation of the intellectual activity of that institution, or ‘intellectual encrustations’. Frank has been librarian of a medical research institute for many years and is still mourning the recent loss of an impressive collection.

Liam Hogan – London-based writer Liam Hogan will be picking apart the economics of short story writing, using his recently published collection as an example. Trigger Alert: may cause authors in the audience to weep bitter tears

Kyle Evans – Musical mathematician extraordinaire Kyle Evans is almost definitely going to sing you a song.

Lauren Holmes – Why Love Matters. No, not the romantic love that we see in the movies, but the essential love that shapes babies, toddlers and young people. Lauren will be drawing on her experiences in schools to highlight importance of what psychoanalytic psychotherapist Sue Gerhardt tells us about the importance of the first few years of a child’s life.

Tickets on sale (just £5) from the Waterstones website