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Three To See 2012: Comedy with a sciency theme

By | Published on Tuesday 24 July 2012

Helen Arney

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three shows from the Fringe’s comedy programme with a sciency theme.

Helen Arney: Voice Of An Angle
Is science more popular these days, or is it just that there’s more of it at the Fringe? There is certainly a choice of shows with scientific or technological themes this time, in any case. As someone who loves science, but who is a complete dim wit (just at science, not everything … look, I’m good at typing in meaningful strings of words), I find this sort of stuff highly appealing, so Helen Arney is definitely on my list of things to see (if I ever find the time come August … hey, I’m really busy editing reviews during the Festival … couldn’t one of these science types find a way of creating me a clone so I can actually make it to all my tipped shows personally?).
Helen Arney – Voice of an Angle, Underbelly Cowgate, 2-26 Aug (not 15), 6.15pm, fpp91. www.helenarney.com

Festival of the Spoken Nerd
Look, an entire festival devoted to science and other nerdy stuff! Well, okay, it’s not the size of the Fringe, or anything. In fact, it’s basically just one event, on at the same time every day for seven days. Okay, so really it’s just a Fringe show. But look what Helen Arney (yes, again), Matt Parker and Steve Mould have in store for you: science, music, maths… I don’t care if they were your least favourite subjects at school, these three are going to make them interesting, and what’s more, funny.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Venue150 @ EICC, 1-7 Aug, 8.30pm, fpp77. www.festivalofthespokennerd.com

Helen Keen: Robot Woman Of Tomorrow
Is there a connection between science and women called Helen? Who knows? But this tip-section is coming together in all sorts of connecty ways, don’t you think? To be fair, this Helen’s show is more on the sci-fi side of things, offering a healthy mix of science-fiction, stand-up and, er, shadow puppetry. It’s a foray into the “tin-foily world of the future”… and that sounds highly promising to me.
Helen Keen: Robot Woman of Tomorrow, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug, 3.30pm, fpp91. www.helenkeen.com

Photo: Idil Sukan