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AC Grayling: The Meanings of Life

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd. Is there one kind of life that is the true and right life for all human beings, or are many kinds of good lives possible? If the latter, does this mean that there are no absolutes in morals and our understanding of human nature and the world? These are philosophical questions – and…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Aug

The Music Hall

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alas, Poor Darwin…?

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley If Darwin was alive today he’d be very, very angry about what we’ve done with his idea. Evolutionary theory can be used to explain pretty much any human behaviour, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Is it natural for married men to have affairs? Are good novelists more…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Back To The Statistical Future!

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley How different is Scotland in 2015, to Scotland in 1835? As good education is increasingly costly and inaccessible to the poor, are we seeing our modern 'lords and gentlemen' believing we will be 'more obedient and dutiful, were [we] more ignorant, and had no education'? Might our…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Beggar for a Miracle: A Fan’s Life in Football

St Andrew's & St George's West Book Festival Fringe Join Ron Ferguson, author of the cult classic Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil and Hugh MacDonald, chief sports writer for the Herald, in an hour of angst, passion and love as they discuss their relationship with the beautiful game.

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Aug

St Andrew's and St George's West

£7 (£5) / 0131 225 3847

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

The Poet Laureate and her favourite court musician bring an hour of light and shade, laughter and reflection to the Assembly Rooms. Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections, including The World’s Wife, The Bees and other works. Lucid, honest and accessible, her writing explores both everyday experience and our…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Studio Two

£9 (£8) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Cervical Cancer – You’re History!

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley Cervical cancer only affects women but is caused by a virus (HPV) very common in both sexes. HPV causes cervical cancer if not cleared by the immune system. We now have great weapons against cervical cancer but it still kills women every year. Cervical screening detects the…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Mon 10 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Cocaine Conspiracy

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley The cocaine trade has enormous social and ecological consequences on both global and local scales. The production of cocaine involves large scale deforestation and pollution as a result of the discarding of the reagents used to process from leaf to final product. Western…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 23 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Computers Are Only For Geeks

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley What do you imagine when someone mentions they work with computers or in IT? Do you immediately think of a slightly nerdy man hunched over a keyboard in a darkened basement room, impervious to the rest of the world? Many people would think this. However, computer scientists and IT…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Danny Dorling: Economic Inequality and Our Grandchildren’s Future

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd. Did Scotland vote the wrong way on independence? Predicting the future is hard, but if we carry on the path we’re on what becomes of our grandchildren? There is no way that everyone can be rich. Only 1% of people can be in the best-off 1%. As the UK becomes more unequal, the future for…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tue 18 Aug

The Music Hall

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Don't Tell Him Pike: Part 2. More Tales from the Not So Stupid Boy…

Ian Lavender and Steven McNicoll Returning in 2015, Ian Lavender relays tales of his time as Pike in the ever-loved Dad’s Army and its troop of Home Guard characters. Come and join Ian, together with Steven McNicoll, one of Scotland’s best loved actors, as they talk about time spent with the Walmington-on-Sea warriors…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Studio Two

£9 (£8) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Edinburgh Should Ban Students

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley What have students ever done for us? Surely Edinburgh would be a better city without them? Swathes of the city would be habitable again for families, noise complaints would slump, and traffic cones could rest easy. Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh Professor Mary…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fashion And The Selfie Culture

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director of Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art and Director of the Diversity Network discusses and debates the role that fashion plays in stereotyping ideals of beauty – when are we ever good enough? With the rise of the me, me, me selfie culture – why…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Mon 17 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings

Emma Brunjes Productions Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, hero of the historic 2005 victorious Ashes England team, is hitting the road celebrate the 10 years anniversary and share his memories of that long hot summer, as well as some behind the crease insights to the game. Freddie is joined on stage by comedy writer and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 28 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 29 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

GM Bacteria Could Save Your Life!

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley GM Bacteria? Noooo! But what if I told you that GM Salmonella might save your life one day? Most people remember Salmonella because of the controversy with eggs, and many know that Salmonella can cause food poisoning. In fact, Salmonella causes around a billion infections every…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 9 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Great British Brain Off

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley Do you feel like your brain is half-baked? Or that your mental faculties are going off the boil? Join 'head' chef Dr Alan Gow in the Great British Brain Off to consider the recipe for the perfect brain, and what you can do if you feel your own grey matter needs some extra spice.

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Guerilla Aspies - Become Autistic or Aspergers with Paul Wady?

Paul Wady / Free Festival Become autistic. National Autistic Society training presenter, film maker, advocate and author of Guerrilla Aspies, The Neurotypical Society Infiltration Manual, invites you to embrace the new normal. Know zero? Good… Know nothing about neurodiversity? Fine, I'll turn you into one of us and…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Aug

Maggie's Front Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 14 Aug

Maggie's Front Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

Maggie's Front Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 16 Aug

Maggie's Front Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hare

Peter Ranscombe Join journalist Peter Ranscombe as he reads from and discusses Hare, his debut novel. Peter’s book takes the story of Burke and Hare, Scotland’s most notorious killers, and asks what happened next to Hare after Burke was hanged for their crimes. His book places Hare in Boston during the early years of…

Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, Edinburgh

Sun 23 Aug

Free / 0131 539 0491

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hearing Loss Or Deaf Gain?

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley Imagine we are creating an encyclopaedia for extraterrestrials. An argument breaks out over how we describe deaf people: some say hearing loss and others say it's deaf gain. Help us to decide! In this engaging debate presenters will describe arguments from each side, drawing from…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Hidden World Of Functional Disorders

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley How would you feel if you were paralysed or had blackouts, only to be told you were imagining it, hysterical, or making it up? This is still the experience of some patients with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), a very real but misunderstood condition that affects 15% of UK…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Wed 19 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hug A Thug

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that prisons make life too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this show is for you! During the show you will hear the stories of prisoners and victims, many of whom committed crimes…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Tue 25 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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James Van Praagh

New York Times best-selling author and subject of a major Hollywood film starring Ted Danson, James Van Praagh demonstrates his unique talent and psychic abilities in a demonstration of communication from the unseen world! James is one of America's best known psychics. Star of film and TV and award-winning author brings…

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

The Duncan Room

£20 / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Duncan Room

£20 / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd. Observer restaurant critic and chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet, Jay Rayner examines our fascination with lousy reviews, recalls some of his worst nights out and shares the most damning reviews his own work has received. All seating is unreserved and latecomers may not be…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Mon 24 Aug

The Music Hall

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jon Ronson: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd. Ever made a joke on Twitter that came out wrong and as a consequence been torn apart by a crazy mob? Or been part of crazy mob tearing someone apart for telling a joke on Twitter? Jon’s spent the past three years with people who have, and now he’s ready to tell the tale. Hilarious and…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Aug

The Music Hall

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jonathan Meades: Composing the Past

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd. Meades' recent An Encyclopaedia of Myself was described as 'a masterpiece' by Roger Lewis in the FT, and 'by far the best picture of the 1950s I have read' by George Walden in the Times. The writer discusses the indiscriminacy of memory, the lure of false memory, resisting the…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Aug

The Music Hall

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship

Fat Roland / Free Festival A spoken-word comedy about one idiot’s battle with electronic music. Is it poetry or prop comedy or just a fat man with too many marker pens? Dominic Berry calls Fat Roland ‘bizarre, astounding, hilarious and truly unlike anyone else’, while the Big Issue in the North calls him ‘funny and…

Laughing Horse @ the Cellar Monkey, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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