ALSO is well-placed to invite the curious to discover new things and dare to try something different as part of the 2017 theme, 'Truth or Dare'.
The award-winning comedian, Robin Ince will be at ALSO and in conversation with leading neuroscientist UCL’s Prof Sophie Scott to discuss the psychology of comedy.
We are fascinated about the role music plays in our lives and to celebrate this we ask our key speakers to talk us through the Soundtrack of their Lives. In ALSO’s now traditional session we get to ask our speakers to explain the tracks that have defined important moments in their lives. On the soundtrack stage for 2018, we have the award-winning business psychologist and philosopher, Margaret Heffernan and award winning writer Daniel Rachel.
We’re so pleased to have the award-winning comedien and Infinite Monkey Cage host Robin Ince at ALSO to present for the very last time his ‘Pragmatic Insanity’ show – a story of love, death and art – he’ll be explaining how we see what we believe and we believe what we see.
Philip Escoffey is an entertainer, mentalist and TV presenter and he has been exploring the world of psychics and mystics for over twenty years. We love the intelligence in Philip’s craft - which is why we have invited him to ALSO to perform a magic mind trick, involving everyone at The Also Festival - performed LIVE down by the lake at sunset on the Saturday night. Philip Escoffey has performed to over a million people as The Mentalist in the original cast of global theatre phenomenon, The Illusionists. He co-created and presented the first magic TV gameshow, "Impossible" and has had sold out runs at Sydney Opera House with his own show "6 Impossible Things Before Dinner".
We all know comedy is big in 2018 – and ours is super clever – don’t miss our sessions from Robin Ince, Viv Groskop, Ben Moor and Steve Vertigo. If you’re looking for ancient comedy – don’t miss Natalie Haynes and if you want to understand laughter and the brain we have the leading neuroscientist in this area (and stand up), Prof Sophie Scott.
Flâneur and irrepressible commentator, Rick Edwards, and Editor-at-Large of the New Scientist, Dr. Michael Brooks are at ALSO to delve into the science behind popular culture –looking at our favourite and most iconic films and explaining the science within.