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.

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The Over-Analysers’ Book Club Presents: The Great Gatsby at Waterstones TCR


“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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On Monday 25 June we’re hosting our last ever Over-Analysers’ Book Club at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road and turning our attention to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s swinging classic.

Expect a Mint Julep-infused part-tribute, part-roast, from a line-up of comedians, academics, a zoologist and a mind-reader…

Joining compere Steve Cross are:

Lettie McKey revisits Gatsby in her 30s to compare and contrast with teenage Lettie’s reading. What unrealistic expectations did it give her or did she project onto it about how her life would be? With the benefit of life experience, how does the book hold up? Does the reality of adult life measure up in any way to this sun-kissed fantasy? Does it fuck.

Joanna Bagniewska from the Universities of Oxford and Reading: The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a novel focused on depicting the Roaring Twenties and the American Dream. But it takes a zoologist to tell you what the book is REALLY about.

Sean Smith – “I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” The Fool is the first card of the major arcana of the Tarot — and mindreader Sean Smith will do a live Tarot reading for a Gatsby character of your choice!

Sadaf Betts from the Institute of English at the School of Advanced Study is doing a PhD on Fitzgerald. She’ll be giving us a whirlwind guide to common and uncommon questions about The Great Gatsby, and a few of the more interesting answers.

Charlotte Mykura – Gatsby revolts Charlotte in many ways. She’ll argue that the book’s only redeeming character is that ill guy who’s girlfriend got run over. He’s got spirit.



Plus more from Zena Marks

Doors are 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Ages 18+ only please.

Get your tickets now (£7 plus booking fee)

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