Starting next week, the historic city of Edinburgh will be taken over by entertainers of all types, performing comedy, dance, theatre and music, entertaining visitors to their massive world-famous festival fringe. Since discerning mathematicians sometimes also enjoy being entertained, I thought I’d write a roundup of the shows maths has non-empty intersection with.

First up, since we haven’t mentioned him in a while, it’s Alan Turing! No, his reanimated corpse isn’t performing edgy stand-up, but theatre company Idle Motion is performing a visual theatre piece entitled **That Is All You Need To Know**, celebrating the work of Bletchley Park codebreakers. Alan Turing Alan Turing Alan Turing.

### Idle Motion: That Is All You Need To Know

*Zoo Southside, 2-24 August (not 11, 18), 5.05pm – 6.25pm, PG*

Official website.

Bletchley Park at the Edinburgh Fringe, on the Degree of Freedom blog.

**Buy tickets: **EdFringe.com, £12/£10 concessions

As usual, the **Edinburgh Skeptics** are putting on a fantastic selection of **Skeptics on the Fringe **talks throughout the month, including speakers on robots, astrology, nanotech, fracking, time travel, and of course maths – by some well-known speakers and friends of the site. Talks are taking place at the Banshee Labyrinth at 7.50pm, and The Jam House at 3.30pm on weekends. Below are my picks!

### Edinburgh Skeptics

- Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, Sunday 4 August, 3.30pm – 4.30pm, The Jam House
- Edinburgh MathsJam co-organiser Ewan Leeming (pictured above), Sunday 11 August, 7.50pm – 8.50pm, Banshee Labyrinth
- Aperiodical roving reporter Colin Beveridge, Thursday 15 August, 7.50pm – 8.50pm, Banshee Labyrinth
- Maths author/legend Simon Singh, Friday 23 August, 3.30pm – 4.30pm, The Jam House

The full lineup is listed at the Skeptics on the Fringe website.

**Smashed** is a juggling show with a difference – contemporary circus group Gandini Juggling juggle apples, inspired by Isaac Newton and thumbing their nose at gravity. A review in the Edinburgh Festival Guide describes the show as “A fruity mix of maths, movement and mayhem”. The numbers: 9 jugglers, 80 apples, 4 crockery sets.

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/51011132]

### Gandini Juggling: Smashed

*Assembly Hall, 3-26 August, 6.05pm-7.05pm, PG*

**Buy tickets:** EdFringe.com, £14/£13 concessions.

Another show with some maths content comes in the form of **A Panda Suit, Pythagoras and Plenty of Puns** – the Edinburgh Reporter describes it as including “an irreverent discussion of the dating lives of Plato and Pythagoras, [and] jokes that relate sex with mathematics”. His first Edinburgh show, Nikhil Tilwalli looks to have some mathematical jokes on his Youtube channel, so it’s maybe worth a look.

### Nikhil Tilwalli: A Panda Suit, Pythagoras and Plenty of Puns

*Just The Tonic at The Caves, 1-22 August (not 13), 8.00pm-9.00pm, 14+*

**Buy tickets:** EdFringe.com, £4.

Edinburgh Fringe will also be playing host to a run of **Bright Club** – a comedy night for researchers on varied topics. There isn’t a published list of which speakers are doing which dates, but I know for a fact that at least three mathematicians are doing sets over the month.

### Bright Club: Scotland’s Fringe

*The Assembly Rooms, 31 July – 25 August (not 1, 12 August), 3.45pm – 4.45pm, ages 12+*

Bright Club: Scotland’s Fringe at the Assembly Rooms

**Buy tickets:** EdFringe.com, £10/£9 concessions.

Speaking of things I’ll be performing at, I’m also doing a short set as part of maths fan Helen Arney and pro geek Rob Wells’ lunchtime show, **Domestic Science**. The show is a compendium of home-cooked experiments and comedy, and often features actual home baking. It’s a DIY science party!

### Domestic Science

*The Canon’s Gait, 3-25 August (not 7, 14, 21), 12.10pm-1.10pm, 18+*

**Buy tickets:** EdFringe.com, free.

And of course, to finish, how could we fail to mention Aperiodichums Matt Parker and Steve Mould, who are performing alongside the aforementioned Helen Arney in **Festival of the Spoken Nerd** – a comedy science show celebrating the nerdy and delightful, with some distinctly mathematical flavours mixed in.

### Festival of the Spoken Nerd

*Assembly George Square, 31 July – 25 August (not 14 Aug), 6.10pm – 7.10pm, ages 14+*

**Buy tickets**: EdFringe.com, £12/£10.50 concessions.

I’ve probably missed several things here, so if you’ve spotted anything else or know of anything happening with a maths bent, please add it to the comments below, with suitable links. See you at the Fringe!