The Sick Of The Fringe

ASCUS is local partner to, and is proud to be supporting, The Sick of the Fringe at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.


What is The Sick of the Fringe?

Conceived by Brian Lobel and commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, The Sick of the Fringe is a curated programme of events aiming to inspire collaboration between science and the arts. The Sick of the Fringe features key note talks from leading voices in arts, medicine and activism, open dialogues, advice sessions and opportunities for emerging artists and more.   |   @TSOTFringe   |   #TSOTF15

Brian Lobel

TSOTF has been conceived by artist, performer and Wellcome Trust engagement fellow Brian Lobel, whose work on the body and illness has been shown at Edinburgh Science Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Forest Fringe. The programme has been commissioned by the Trust as a way of highlighting the diverse range of biomedical themes and topics inspiring Fringe artists every year.

The Wellcome Trust
We’re passionate about collaborative projects which bring together the arts and sciences. Each year we support a host of fantastic shows and performances at the Fringe, and are always thrilled to see many others that work with similar ideas. This year, Brian Lobel’s TSOTF programme provides a unique platform for drawing out these connections and celebrating the different kinds of creativity that underpin art and science. We can’t wait to see who or what will be The Sick of the Fringe!

Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture and Society at the Wellcome Trust

As part of The Sick of the Fringe, ASCUS is also supporting The Temptation of St Anthony

Open Meetings | £1 each | Book Tickets

Open Meeting #1 with Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn
10th August 2015 – 12 – 1pm
Summerhall (Old Lab), Summerhall place, EH9 1PL 12

Open Meeting #2 with Simon McBurney
17th August 2015 – 12 – 1pm
Summerhall (Old Lab), Summerhall place, EH9 1PL 12

Open Meeting #3 with Brigitte Aphrodite, Ria Hartley, Laura Dannequin and Emma Frankland
24th August 2015 – 10.30 – 11.30am
Forest Fringe, Out of the Blue, 35 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RG

Main Events | £5 each | Book Tickets

Main Event #1 featuring key-note speaker Sir Colin Blakemore
27th August 2015 – 10.30 – 11.30am
the Space at Symposium Hall, Niddry Street, EH1 1TH

Main Event #2 featuring key-note speaker Liz Carr
28th August 2015 – 10.30 – 11.30am
the Space at Symposium Hall, Niddry Street, EH1 1TH

Rather Dead than Disabled?

What is it with the current flurry of people wanting to top themselves rather than have a walking stick, a dodgy bowel or need a bed bath? Is the PR of disability so bad that people really would rather be dead than disabled? Is it actually that rubbish? With cuts in all areas of our lives, the mainstream media scrounger rhetoric and the few rights we have being eroded away at an astounding rate, is it any wonder nobody wants to be us? And if that’s the case, why aren’t people doing more to make life, rather than death, better for us? And how do you cope when you’re the person no-one wants to be?


Sir Colin Blakemore

Colin is one of Britain’s leading neuroscientists, who is is best known for his part in the discovery of neural plasticity – the ability of the brain to modify itself in response to stimulation, experience and injury. Colin’s fascination with the arts has influenced his scientific quest to understand how we perceive the world. He has been a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, and he now directs a network of scientists and philosophers, working with artists, chefs, designers and dancers to rethink our fundamental understanding of the senses.

Liz Carr

Liz Carr is a wheelchair using actor, broadcaster and comedian.  She currently plays forensic examiner, Clarissa Mullery in the BBC drama Silent Witness.  She is a stand-up comedian, often as part of Abnormally Funny People and enjoys performing cabaret and ‘criptease’. She is a disability rights campaigner and as a member of Not Dead Yet she speaks out against assisted suicide.  She is currently working on ‘Assisted Suicide – The Musical’ which will premiere as part of the Unlimited Festival at London’s Southbank Centre in 2016.

Applying to be The Sick of the Fringe

So far, we’ve received nearly fifty applications from companies and independent artists who are producing and performing work that deals with themes of medicine, mental health, scientific technology, disease and disability. The core team which includes Brian Lobel, Producer Tracy Gentles and Projects Assistant Hannah Maxwell will be on the ground curating and seeing every show that has applied to be TSOTF 2015. They will be assisted by a host of guest curators, consisting this year of: Erinma Ochu MBE, artists Catherine Long, Katy Baird and Sheila Ghelani and journalists Lyn Gardner and Kate Copstick.

The central goal of TSOTF is to link up artists who are working with the themes of science, medicine and the body. We want to build relationships and connections between like-minded people.

Wellcome Trust Surgeries

In addition to our Open Meetings and Main Events, the Wellcome Trust will be hosting a series of Surgeries during the Fringe. These surgeries will provide artists with the opportunity to find out more about how the Trust works and to get specific advice on project related questions from members of the Trust’s Arts Awards team.

Ticket booking

Open Meetings, 10th, 17th and 24th are all only £1 each.
Main Events, 27th and 28th are £5 each.
Booking page can be found here. | @TSOTFringe | #TSOTF15

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