Festivals, Cultural and City Events

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas 2015

Academics returned to the Fringe to debate and discuss controversial research with the wider community.

In Pursuit of Beauty at Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas 2014

The Cabaret was curated by the Beltane Public Engagement Network, produced by Fair Pley, and compered by the comedian, presenter and festival director Susan Morrison.

Researchers from the city of Edinburgh and beyond created, wrote and performed the shows. In 2015, there were 24 shows, many of which featured University of Edinburgh academics.

2015 Shows

The Cabaret ran from 7-30 August at the Stand in the Square.

Shows featuring staff from the University of Edinburgh included:

  • Richard Weller (Department of Dermatology) - 'Soak up the sun and to hell with skin cancer'
  • Sarah Howie and Heather Cubie (Centre for Inflammation Research and the Global Health Academy) - 'Cervical Cancer- You’re history'
  • Yunlu Wang and Aravind Venugopalan (Li-fi Research and Development Centre) - 'Lets turn on the smart light'
  • Antonella Sorace (Department of Linguistics) - 'Not so native now'
  • Mal Burkinshaw (Programme Director of Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art) - 'Fashion and the selfie culture'
  • Felicity Mehendale (Clinical Lead for East of Scotland Cleft Lip and Palate Service and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer) - 'Whose face is it anyway?'
  • Jon Stone (Honorary senior lecturer in Neurology, Centre for clinical brain science) - 'The hidden world of functional disorders'
  • Jolyon Mitchell and Lesley Orr (School of Divinity) - 'Ploughs into ploughshares'
  • Stephen Lawrie (Division of Psychiatry) - 'The war on drugs is harmful'
  • Lesley McAra and Susan McVie (School of Law) - 'Hug a thug'
  • Nicola Osborne and Helen Aiton (EDINA, centre for digital expertise and online service delivery) - 'Back to the statistical future'
  • Mary Bownes (Vice Principal Community Development) - 'Edinburgh should ban students'


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