Comedy and Conversation

New events for 2017

We're pleased to announce a new programme of events for 2017 featuring comedy and thought-provoking conversation.  The line-up of star comedians includes Hal Cruttenden and Darren Harriott, and comedy-song duo Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden. Conversation will be led by historian David Starkey, presenting his latest research which links Henry VIII's tyrannical government with politics in the modern day, and in June Professor Lord Robert Winston will explore the science and ethics of genetic modification. These events are run in partnership with The Pound Arts and Bath Comedy Festival.


Host of Live At The Apollo and star of Radio 4, Hal visits for a preview of new material before his return to Edinburgh. Hailed as 'an absolute joy to watch' (The Scotsman) and 'hugely talented' (The Times), he appears regularly on TV shows including Great British Bake Off - Extra Slice and Mock the Week. Darren Harriott recently supported Jimmy Carr on 'Russell Howard's Stand Up Central'. His captivating comedy deals with everyday observations, subverting stereotypes, and religion.

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WED 21 JUN 7.30PM

History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Does the sequencing of the human genome really herald a new opportunity for medicine or is there a darker side that we ignore? IVF treatments now mean we can help 65 year-olds to conceive, store eggs in deep freeze for several hundred years, and screen embryos for serious genetic disorders. Will ethical considerations prevent us from the next step - manufacturing stronger, more gifted and very intelligent children? Or will our imperfect knowledge mean that there are some major surprises in store?

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