Academics take on the world of comedy and perform in the Fringe.
Three Academics from the School of Physics and Astronomy are joining the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas and starring in their own Fringe shows, show casing some of their research. Prof Catherine Heymans and Dr Joe Zuntz are starring in “You Don’t matter” a show looking at how big the universe really is. Whereas, Astrobiologist Dr Adam Stevens’ play “Are Aliens coming to eat your face?” focuses on what we know about life in the Universe.
The Cabaret of Dangerous ideas is a network that allows researchers and academics to share their ideas with the public and participate in the Fringe. They are effectively making their expertise in the world of science more accessible to the general public.
The shows each last an hour with at least 50% of that time allocated specifically to audience interaction. Catherine, Joe and Adam will be accompanied by Edinburgh comedienne Susan Morrison who will ensure the audience never go quiet.
Catherine and Joe want to tell us just how insignificant we really are being just one out of 7 billion people on planet Earth, orbiting just one star out of 100 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy, just one galaxy out of 100 billion galaxies in our observable Universe.
In his show, Adam Stevens will lead you on a tour of what we know about life in the universe. By examining life on Earth, we can start to answer a myriad of questions: Is there life elsewhere? What does it look like? If it exists, is it coming to try and eat our faces off? And what if human beings are more dangerous to the rest of the universe than the universe is to us?
For an insight into the universe get tickets and find the answers to questions about the universe you didn’t even know you had.
Fringe sciencey/comedy is almost as exciting as science itself, and a great way to reach people you wouldn't normally reach. Also it's fun trying to get Catherine to say rude words on stage. - Joe Zuntz