This Week – Sci-Fi and Science

Today on Fringe Factor we look at the weird and wonderful world of Science and Sci Fi and what shows are coming to Edinburgh this year in this genre. Be prepared for the laughs, amazement and also dam right bizarre…


Matthew Highton’s, I, The Universe

About: If you are looking for a show that is story based and gets you travelling through different time zones, then this is the show for you. The 50 minute show is set in 3016 and space is overrun with tourists. Among them is a young couple who just want a real experience and in order to have this they travel through galaxies to see the last god die. The show has been described as a compelling, hilarious and very silly.

Where: Heroes @ The Hive (venue 313)

Cost: £5

Dates: August 4th -14th, 16th – 28th

Time: 2pm

The Terrible Tale of Dr F 

About: This show is all abut how the world ends it doesn’t end with a bang but with a sniffle. In this new show by Neil Sinclair he talks about all things going viral, the old fashioned way. It features clown-like storytelling and medical utensils. The show is all about Neil painting a picture of a city in the grip of a pandemic.

Where: Just The Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88)

Cost: £7

Dates: August 4th-9th, 11-14th

Time: 20:40



1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

About: If you want to see an award winning comedian and learn about science at the same time then this is the show you need to head along to. Samantha Baines presents a show all about space and the final frontier. It will be a show full of puns, facts and even Cox (Brian) in this debu show from one comedies newest stars.

Where: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

Cost: £9, £8 concession

Dates: August 3-5th, 7th-29th

Time: 15:30

Hug a Thug

About: This is a very different show to any other that you will probably see at the Fringe this year. It focusses on the Criminal Justice System and is presented by leading youth criminal justice researchers Lesly McAra and Susan McVie. They will bring you stories of prisoners who committed crimes at a young age. You will have a change to design your ideal prison as well!

Where: Stand in The Square (Venue 372)

Cost: £8, £6 for concessions

Dates: August 26th

Time: 15:00

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

About: Last year Kevin Quantums Magic and science show continuously sold out and this year its set to do the same. The show will amaze you with its Light based illusions, such as creating a rainbow live on stage.This show is all about where science ends and magic begins so it is sure to amaze you.

Where:  Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)

Cost: Previews – £5, Actual show – £10

Dates: August 3, 5-21, 23-29

Time: 16:30

Robert Newman:The Brain Show

About: This show features Robert Newmans experiences when he volunteered for a brain imaging experiment that was meant to locate the part of the brain that lights up when your in love.

Where: Summerhall (Venue 26)

Cost: £12.50 preivew – £10

Dates: August 5 -14, 16-28th

Time: 19:15

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