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UCLan to bring geek comedy to Preston

17 June 2014

UCLan brings an alternative comedy night to Preston

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is being unashamedly geeky as part of this year’s Lancashire Science Festival celebrations by bringing an alternative comedy night to Preston designed to stretch the brain as well as a smile.

The Festival of the Spoken Nerd brings together award-winning geek songstress Helen Arney, stand-up mathematician Matt Parker and BBC One science experiments guy Steve Mould for a quirky comedy evening for the sci-curious on Thursday 26 June.

The event promises stand-up, songs and live experiments that people will enjoy whether they loved or loathed the science lab at school.

Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker said: “As professional geeks we love ‘first ever’ things - the first Brit in space, the first person to solve a Rubik's cube blindfolded, and of course the first Festival of the Spoken Nerd in Lancashire.

“We're taking the festival theme of Power Up! very seriously by bringing our biggest and best ever show to Preston - and we're looking forward to a totally new audience showing us their Full Frontal Nerdity on the night too.”

“We're taking the festival theme of Power Up! very seriously by bringing our biggest and best ever show to Preston - and we're looking forward to a totally new audience showing us their Full Frontal Nerdity on the night too.”

UCLan Public Engagement Manager Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott organises the Lancashire Science Festival. She said: “We wanted to bring something a bit different to this year’s festival and the Festival of the Spoken Nerd show certainly does that.

“It’s not your run of the mill comedy night out. It’s a night of laugh out loud intelligent comedy that will get your brain ticking at the same time as making you giggle; even if you hated science at school and the thought of a Bunsen burner brings you out in a rash.”

The show has already proved to be a hit with success at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a sell-out tour. Festival of the Spoken Nerd will come to Preston on Thursday 26 June, 7.30pm, at UCLan’s 53 Degrees. It is one of two events aimed at adults for the year’s Lancashire Science Festival and costs £15 per person. To book or for more information call 01772 894288 or email engageuclan@uclan.ac.uk

As well as the additional grown-up events the successful Lancashire Science Festival will once again host primary schools, secondary schools and the general public over three days from Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 June for a free, science extravaganza. The year the event is hosted by UCLan and delivered in association with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and other sponsors. For more information visit Lancashire Science Festival or Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

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