What is it? 

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, brought to you by Beltane Public Engagement Network is debate, discussion and discourse in the company of some of the fiercest intellects that Scotland has to offer – all within a yurt! The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas first ran at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.

Dr. Clare Taylor and Dr. Pam Cameron "Women! Science is not for you!" 2014

Dr. Clare Taylor and Dr. Pam Cameron
“Women! Science is not for you!” 2014













The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is designed as an informal platform for academics and researchers to engage with the public on an array of topics. We at Beltane think The Cabaret (#CODI16) is public engagement at its best and most extreme.

Renowned for its extravagant  displays and outlandish performances the Fringe provides the ideal setting to discuss hidden and controversial research with an entirely different group who may not usually come into contact with it.


The concept of the shows is simple; to get research out to the masses, beyond the university walls. Academics from different universities and organisations come together to create, write and perform individual shows, in which they try to make their expertise more accessible in a different context by discussing provocative and ‘dangerous’ topics.

The academics are put through a series of “Boot camps” to ensure they are ready to brave the “PUBLIC”… just kidding. The Boot camps are designed to ensure that the shows presented are engaging in the most effective way, steering away from the Lecture Style and towards audience participation.

Key components 

  • 60 mins with 50% of time for audience interaction.(last year Presenters spoke on average for 10 mins before getting the audience involved)
  • No slideshows or videos.
  • Lots of props!
  • Cabaret compere Comedienne Susan Morrison who ensures the audience never go quiet…

Here she is telling you more about CODI  2013 :Festival interviews- The Cabaret of Dangerous Idea’s Susan Morrison-HD

"Trial of Chimpanzee Jack" Dr Lewis Dean

“Trial of Chimpanzee Jack” Dr Lewis Dean

"Brain Training on Trial" with Dr. Alan Gow

“Brain Training on Trial” with Dr. Alan Gow


Fringe 2016

This year CODI will be showcasing performances every day, from 4th– 28th August, 3-4pm at Fringe Venue 372: The Stand in The Square – the yurt in St Andrew Square. Tickets available now from www.edfringe.com and The Stand.

More information can be found on CODI at Fringe 2016.