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.



SCIENCE SHOWOFF BRISTOL 11 – May 21st, The Hatchet Inn


Avast there me hearties! The brave sailors of Science Showoff are back in town, and this time we’ve left the water behind for a new home, safe above the imminent flooding caused by successive governments’ failure to take climate change seriously due to lobbying by big oil companies.

Other than that, we’re good. You’ll get to see the usual mixture of weird and wonderful, brainy and bonkers as each of our acts gets nine minutes to do ANYTHING AT ALL about science.

Tonight we’re joined by:

Steve Cross – MC, science comedian, troublemaker.

Fraeya Whiffin – How to commit genocide and get away with it.

Matt Camilleri – A journey from Light to Fuel

Will Davies – Lies My Mother Told. Turns out clicking joints and arthritis are not so causally linked after all. What other ‘facts’ have we all been conned ino believing?

Vicky Miller – The awesome power of mutations

Scary Boots (may be a pseudonym) – ‘Everything you know about diamonds is wrong’ – how the world’s most expensive gemstone isn’t expensive, rare, sparkly, or friendly.

Jemma Rowlandson – How to save the world with Leerdammer cheese.

Ezzy Pearson – The psychology of conspiracy theories, though there is a large chance it will just turn into me shouting at Moon Landing deniers for 9 minutes


The gig is at The Hatchet Inn (NOT THE GRAIN BARGE WE HAVE MOVED) 27 Frogmore Street, Avon, Bristol BS1 5NA on Thursday May 21st. Doors open 7pm.

Tickets are £5 plus booking fee from: and all of the £5 will go to charity.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF engineering special – May 19th, Star of Kings London


Let’s be honest; Science is rubbish. Science is all like “Oh we found that the error bars of previous estimates of the heritability of that trait are unlikely to be statistically accurate to the degree of freedom presumed by previous authors”.

But Engineering is all like “I’m sorry I can’t hear you because I’m listening to Erik B and Rakim on an mp3 player the size of a hazelnut that I just made while building a bridge to the moon. YOU’RE WELCOME.

And that’s why we’ve asked Oliver Broadbent, the greatest civil engineer London has to offer, to curate a lineup of amazing engineering talent to entertain us for a night. He’s also chosen Engage for Development as the charity to whom we’ll give all your ticket money.

Join us for a night of chaotic engineering-themed cabaret, with talks, jokes, music, demos and everything else you’ve ever wanted to know about the subject that saves lives (and takes them away, weapons research people am I right?). You’ll see:

Steve Cross – not an engineer. Not a scientist. Barely human. Compere, joke-teller and trouble-maker.

Oliver Broadbent – The man who makes concrete sexy again.

Alistair Lenczner – A designer who has designed all sorts of things from a table to a giant football stadium, a bus to a  giant bridge, a Meccano bird to a giant airport.  I also compose music, plays drums and draw portraits……..

Yasmin Ali – Chemical Engineer with a short attention span. Talking about the magic of 3D printing.

Corina Kwami – Singing city-loving engineer who works on water issues and jazz in cities.

Ben Godber Ben Godber is a structural engineer who reckons you need more danger in your life. With your help he’ll be explaining why that bridge hasn’t fallen over yet using a rather fetching pair of roller skates.

Anna Ploszajski (and friends) – What happens when you put hydrogen fuel cells and drunk people together.

Bob Barnes – I’m gonna take the sexy out of dancing and fill it full of forces instead.

Chris Mills – Raining on a Russian Constructivist’s parade’ – the story of when a student of engineering set out to determine the actual feasibility of Tatlin’s Tower, a utopian spiralling 400m monument proposed in Moscow following the 1917 Revolution.

Tom Cohen – Despite having spent a great deal of time observing engineers in their natural habitat, remains unable to explain many of their characteristics. He intends to share his perplexity as a cheap alternative to providing any real insight.

Becci Taylor – The secret world of building services engineering.

The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings (that’s here) on Tuesday May 19th with the doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are £6 plus booking fee from here and that £6 will go to Oli’s chosen charity.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF curated by Neil Denny – April 21st, Star of Kings

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WE MADE IT. Winter is over and everyone can cheer up. Mirrored aviators are now completely acceptable at all times, rather than just when hiding a brutal hangover.


This month our guest curator is a bit of a celebrity – he’s Neil Denny, the voice and brain of Little Atoms, a Resonance FM show and podcast that has recently spawned into an entire self-facilitating media node right here

Neil has picked ten of his favourite science voices and we’ve given them 9 minutes each on stage to show you their stuff. What will happen? WE HAVE NO IDEA. Chaos is in the brand values ;-)

Steve Cross – Geek comedian, MC, confused non-explainer of science. Naked mole rat fan.

Monika Bohm – German geek, lover of freshwater molluscs, interested in extinction risk. Maybe it’s time to go for a drink at the bar – or maybe it’s time to join me in the weird, wonderful – and yes, sometimes depressing – world of assessing species for the IUCN Red List. It’s only a few minutes of your life – what’s the worst that can happen? Well, extinction, I suppose, but chances are rather slim…

Carl Murray – “My mother-in-law is orbiting Saturn”. Have you ever wondered what you might find if you sent a spacecraft to Saturn and studied the images it returned? Carl Murray is a planetary scientist who has been a member of the Imaging Team on the Cassini spacecraft since 1990.

Helen Scales – True to her name, Helen Scales is a marine biologist who’s rather fond of all things fishy. She’ll be talking about her upcoming book Spirals in Time featuring animals that admittedly don’t have scales, but they do have lovely shells.

Simon Watt – I will be talking about my new project @LevelUpHuman and what the next stage in human evolution might be.

Andrea Hart – Andrea Hart is a Special Collections Curator in the Natural History Musuem Library and will explore an “almost” A-Z of the weird and wonderful scientific illustrations that lurk in the collections.

Shoshana Weider – Manhattan, aliens, and atomic bombs. Plot of a new disaster movie? Planetary geologist Shoshana Weider will tell all.

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.

Dan Schreiber – set details tbc

Helen Keen – Helen Keen will be trying out ideas for her forthcoming radio project about The Future. (And – like The Future – it’s all a bit nebulous at the moment…) No fate but what we make! (And I’ve not made it, yet)

Tracy King – set details tbc

The gig is at the Star of Kings on Tuesday April 21st. Doors are 7pm and the show should be done by about 10. Tickets are £6 (plus booking fee) and that money will go to Resonance FM, a charitable arts radio show where Little Atoms began.

Over 18s only.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF curated by Prof Sophie Scott. March 17th, Star of Kings.



Don’t worry. We’d never do a zombie-themed gig. ZOMBIES ARE SO OVER.

But we still love the brain, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with long-term Showoff Science Advisor Prof Sophie Scott to pull together a whole night of chaotic science cabaret around the theme of the brain. And it’s during Brain Awareness Week too!

The gig is on Tuesday March 17th in the basement of the Star of Kings. It’ll feature the following amazing brainy acts taking 9 minutes each to make something science-y happen on stage:

Steve Cross – comedian and Science Showoff’s MC. Might not have a brain given the rubbish that comes out of his mouth.

Sophie Scott herself – set details tbc

Sophie Meekings – I’m deaf. I study voices. This was a terrible decision. Let me amaze your ears with some cool demos I probably won’t be able to hear.

Mairead Macsweeney – An exploration of sign language and the brain.

Aaron Margolis – The Kohnstamm Phenomenon: we explain the science behind an old party trick, and demonstrate how your muscles can be fooled into moving of their own accord

Alex Leff – How we see the world and why it doesn’t disappear every time we move our eyes. Did you know that you can see everyone else’s eyes move but not you own? I’ll explain why that is and how our brain builds up a picture of the visual world piece-by-piece, yet we have the strong impression that we can see everything in front of us all at the same time.

Duncan Wisbey – “Alongside his acting career Duncan Wisbey has been an impressionist on programmes like Dead Ringers and the Big Impression, working with and learning from the best in the country, such as Alistair McGowan, Jon Culshaw and Lewis McLeod. Tonight he will show some of the tricks of the trade and reveal some of the fascinating things he’s learned about the brain from working with Professor Sophie Scott. He will also give a little performance and will happily take questions from the audience.”

Leun Otten – Leun Otten is a cognitive neuroscientist who likes to play with minds… and who will show you how your mind can play with you.

Erman Misirlisoy – I’ll be talking about fallacious thinking and how it affects casinos, starships, and the Daily Mail.

Doors open at 7pm and the gig will finish around 10pm. Tickets cost £6 and we’ll be donating all of that money to a charity of Sophie’s choice. Over 18s only.


MY OTHER FUTURE with NESTA – 4th and 11th of March

We’ve teamed up with NESTA to explore what the future is really, really, definitely going to be like through the duel methods of FACTS and COMEDY. Join regular Showoff MC Steve Cross and a whole load of innovators, entrepreneurs and techy folk for two evenings of competition about things to come.

The first gig is March 4th at Sutton House in Hackney (an East London gig for all those who complain that we don’t get out to you enough!) and the second is 11th March at the Star of Kings. Each gig will feature 8-10 competitors battling it out to get you to believe in their vision of what happens next.

Full details and tickets for the gigs are available from: