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Science picks for #Fringe70

Posted: 31 July 2017

This year, Edinburgh Festival Fringe celebrates its 70th anniversary with a programme that brings an explosion of arts, culture and creativity to venues across the city.

At the Science Festival we are passionate about putting science and technology at the heart of popular culture, so we’ve picked out just a handful of the thousands of performances on offer that promise to bring some science to life.

For families…

Part of the Gilded Balloon’s programme of events at the National Museum of Scotland, discover a song about science for every letter of the alphabet with John Hinton’s Ensonglopedia of Science, which was also part of this year’s Science Festival back in April.

Also at the Museum, astronomer and author Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show will amaze the whole family as he explores the strange and magical properties of matter.

In Eaten, Lionel the Lion has just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. But he hasn’t chewed him properly and his food is talking back… Mamoru Iriguchi’s show explores the food chain, asking what should we be eating, and what should eat us?!

For adults…

Our friends at the Traverse Theatre include Codebase as one of their Fringe venues this year, where Fringe First-winners Curious Directive and Hull 2017 will present the world premiere of Frogman, a ground-breaking supernatural thriller, experienced through virtual reality headsets.

Rosie Wilby returns to Edinburgh after a successful performance at this year’s Science Festival with The Conscious Uncoupling, an interweaving of comedy and memoir that explores the impact of technology on our love lives.

If you’ve been enjoying Transmission podcast series, which launched at the Science Festival in April, don’t miss the live show at the Fringe. You’ll be part of the crew receiving a briefing for an interstellar mission that will see you leave your home on Earth forever.

For a night-out that incorporates a unique showcase of Fringe highlights, as well as bars and exclusive access to exhibitions at the National Museum of Scotland, head for the Museum After Hours Friday Fringe Takeover.

This year’s Fringe runs from 4–28 August. Details of the full Edinburgh Festival Fringe #Fringe70 programme are available at