Please note, unless otherwise stated, all of our performances are strictly over 18s only

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Join The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas and challenge your preconceptions on hot button issues!

Blame It On the Algorithm!

Algorithms and artificial intelligence can determine your mortgage application, drive a car, find you a soulmate and even diagnose your health conditions. Dr Mhairi Aitken (Newcastle University) asks: do we really need human intelligence anymore?
Computers could replace your doctor; find cures to rare conditions; tell schools which children need extra support; tell prospective employers which candidates are lowest risk; identify illegal immigrants from scanning their faces; they could even decide where drones should drop bombs.
Computers might know what they can do, but who can say what they should do?

Pants on Fire!
Do you think you could spot a liar? Many people believe there are tell-tale signs that show somebody is lying, and some even claim to be ‘human lie-detectors’. A suspect’s behaviour can determine how they are questioned, and influence jurors’ verdicts. Modern scientific techniques are even being used to spot lies in the brain, and have been presented as evidence in court cases. But how good really are these methods at detecting lies? Are we risking the freedom of innocent people? Join Faye Skelton (Edinburgh Napier University) to find out what psychology has to say.

Battling Boffins Smackdown!

Controversy and healthy, informed conflict as scientist Kate Cross and humanities scholar Anindya Raychaudhuri commence an academic smackdown in a battle to answer YOUR questions about anything and everything. Who has the right answers: science or humanities? You decide!
What can the humanities tell us about how knees work?
What does science have to say about 17th-century French literature? Can you think of a better question we should ask? Kate Cross and Anindya Raychaudhuri (University of St Andrews) engage in hand-to-brain combat in a fight over who has the Grandest Theory of Everything.

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Booking Fees

Please note that all debit and credit card transactions are subject to a 80p booking fee per ticket for advance bookings online or by phone. This is capped at a maximum of £4.80 per transaction. Accepted payment methods are Visa, Mastercard, Maestro. We do not accept American Express. Please note this is a booking fee and not a surcharge. There is no booking fee applicable for in person sales made by debit, credit card or cash transactions. A maximum of 6 tickets can be purchased in one transaction online per event date. If you wish to make a larger booking, please contact our box office by phone or email 

Postage & Collection
Postage is available on most show dates for an additional £2 per transaction and tickets are sent standard delivery, 2nd class. Postage is available for UK delivery only. Tickets can also be selected to be collected at one of our box offices free of charge. 
Some productions will not allow postage and tickets will be available to collect at the venue door with valid proof of ID. Please check your booking confirmation and ticket reminders. 
Once a delivery or collection method is selected, it cannot be changed. 

Arrive Early for Seating
Tickets for the majority of our shows can be collected at the venue door upon entry however we would still advise arriving a little in advance of our door opening time. This allows you to join a queue as all venues are general admission and a mixture of seating and standing room. This is especially true for Edinburgh and Newcastle if you aim to eat in our clubs as seating with tables tend to be taken quite quickly and we can’t allocate or reserve seating in advance for that purpose. 


For Edinburgh Fringe dates during August, we advise you arrive at least 30 minutes before doors open for your selected shows to collect your festival tickets. This allows you to join a queue as all venues are general admission. All venues are seated apart from Stand 1 which is seating and standing room. There is no food service during Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


A concession rate ticket applies to 60+, Students, unemployed, benefit recipients with proof of ID upon collection.

The Stand also allow carers to go free – please just call our box office for further information an to confirm your booking. 

Refunds due to COVID-19
A Customer Credit will be made to your customer account in event of cancellations, allowing you to book for another show at a later date. 
Customer Credit will be made to your customer account for the ticket sale amount and will not include booking or postage fees.
To use your Customer Credit please email with information on the new booking you wish to make.

If a member of your party has an access requirements as part of your booking, please contact our box office or email

Carers go free in our venues, so best to make your booking with us by phone or in person. Please book in advance for these tickets as we have limited access bookings per venue and show due to listed buildings fire regulations.
Check our FAQ [hyperlink] for further information or have a look at our Virtual Venue Tours to ensure our venue is suitable for your visit.

Our box office team will always endeavour to be as helpful and understanding as possible.

We hope you enjoy the show! 

Event Details

  • Date
    07 April 2020
  • Venue
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  • Doors:
    19:00 approx
  • Starts:
    20:00 approx
  • Finishes:
    22:15 approx
  • Duration:
    135 mins approx
  • Age
    18 And Above (18+)
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