What is Science Showoff?!?

What is Science Showoff?

It’s a chaotic open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science.

When and where does it happen?

At least once a month in London, and also all over the country, especially Bristol, usually starting at 7pm. The first gig was on October 4th, 2011.

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 time.

Is there money involved?

No-one gets paid. We sell tickets and all proceeds go to a charity, chosen for that month’s gig. In our first year we raised £5000 for a collection of charities. In our second year (Sept 2012-Aug 2013) we raised £12 000. Year three (Sept 2013-Aug 2014) we raised £15 000.

I want you to come to my town / organise a gig with my conference

Brilliant. We’d love to. We’ve gigged at the British Science Festival, Manchester Science Festival, The Green Man Festival, the Cardiff Science Festival, with the British Science Association Science Communication Conference, SpotOn London, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Epic Encounters Season and loads more!

We’ll need you to find someone who will pay for our trainfares and hotels, though. Email us to find out more.

Sometimes you post ‘SIGNUP TO PERFORM’. How does that work?

For these gigs we publish an online sign-up sheet. The first people to sign up are guaranteed slots of up to 9 minutes on the night to do whatever they like as long as it has a science flavour. The organisers hold a few slots for invited guests.

Have you won any awards?

Yes

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JANUARY 16th – NEW ACT NIGHT Sign up to perform

It’s a new year and a new you.

And you’ve never performed at Science Showoff before. So now’s the time.

You’ve seen everyone else take part and have an amazing time but somehow you’ve not yet taken the stage. Now is your chance.

Go to this Doodle. Grab a slot: https://doodle.com/poll/3v988mdfgui5v9kx

Be part of the Showoff magic. All we ask from you is a set of up to 9 minutes in length on a stage. You can be anyone, doing anything, about any kind of science. We love talks, demos, comedy, dance, music, short plays, sketches, clips of podcasts with discussion, drag, burlesque, rap, musical theatre ANYTHING that relates to science at all.

The gig is on the 16th January in the basement of the Star of Kings on York Way in LONDON, and we’ll need you from 7pm. There’s no pay for the gig because all the ticket money will be donated to charity.

Even international science star Alex Lathbridge had to start somewhere. Join us.

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