FREE Ticketed Events

Thursday 16th February 2017

The Albany Garden

17:00 - CRYO VOLCANO ERUPTION

We’re building a 5 metre high cryovolcano and it’s going to be eruption shooting 1500 ping pong balls high into the sky above the Albany Theatre. Using liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees we’ll be setting off a massive explosion that will rock the festival. This will be an official world record attempt and you’re invited to help make it happen! Be part of history by helping us build this behemoth. Then when it goes off you’ll be a world record holder. Make sure you’re there!

Ear Pugs will be provided - It's Going to Be Loud!

Organised by Middlesex University with  Dr Nathan Adams. Supported by Sheffield University.

NO TICKET NEEDED for this event. Just come along and watch it go off with a bang.

 

The Albany Auditorium

10:00 to 11:00 - COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families... but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and keeping with the SMASHfestUK theme - some of the jokes are about Supervolcanoes.Hot stuff!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

12:00 to 13:00 - SMASHfestUK presents RUPTURE by Rebecca Manley Directed by Matt Harrison

Sora’s life began in flight from Montserrat and the darkness of an island shrouded in volcanic ash. Now the world seems darker again, riven with fear. London has always been Sora’s home but she feels like it is changing. She has never visited Montserrat but she is wondering whether living in the shadow of a volcano is worse than living surrounded by people who are afraid of each other. Something is pulling her back. SMASHfestUK’s unique company of young actors tell Sora’s story in a funny, moving and original new production.

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

14:00 to 15:00 - SMASHup

A rip-roaring poetry SMASHup with family friendly action! Hosted by Laurie Bolger this gathering of fun, family-friendly interactive entertainment is for everyone! Take your seats to the sounds of Samba drummers and be enthralled!

Poetry takeaway is back to take your ideas and spin whymes of wit, wonder and wisdom. Making the mundane miraculous and the ordinary extraordinary. But as they muse to amuse, “Saturn” Sheila Kanani will spin malodorous volcanic tales of the world and beyond, Mars may be the magma master but which volcano is the solar system stinker?

Simon Watt is popping in to tell tales of termination and as for Nathan Adams, never give him a bouquet! He just freezes it and smashes it to pieces! Damage, destruction and demolition is the game with liquid nitrogen mayhem. What happens when you chill things to -196 degrees? Annihilation!

Interactive, anarchic and just plain fun, Lauries travels with you on a journey of rhymes, rhythm and rocks. SMASH it, bash it and smell it, it’s the SMASHfestUK way

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

16:00 to 17:00 - PROJECT DOOMSDAY SUPERVOLCANO

Your phone vibrates in your pocket illuminated with a message you had hoped you would never see…

You close your eyes, take a deep breath, and compute the information that an imminent threat to our existence has been identified. You press the button, grab your jacket and head to the control room.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are now a week into the volcanic eruption at Yellow Stone National Park and there are no signs of it cooling off, infications point to a large scale extinction event, the United States of America is being evacuated…’

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

19:00 to 21:00 - WE DID START THE FIRE (evening event for the grown-ups!)

Part 1 – the Doomsday Project: ‘Supervolcano’ is an interactive immersive theatre event by acclaimed production team, Shrinking Space. What happens when a Supervolcano is about to erupt? Who makes the decisions that can save multiple lives? Or maybe cost them? In this case ... you! The Doomsday Project will take you on a thrilling theatre adventure. Can you save the world, or what is left of it?

Bar Break

Part 2 – Helen Arney: Helen Arney (Festival of the Spoken Nerd) hosts a variety performance full of volcano related comedy, music, rap, hula hoops and explosions! We've put together a line-up of fantastic performers for a SMASHfestUK first - an adult-only show, which is, in fact two shows for the price of one! Great value, and great entertainment for 2017's SMASHfestUK Fundraiser. We're heading off on tour to communities across the UK this year, and funds raised at this show will help us take SMASHfestUK to more people and ensure that it comes back for 2018.

Join us for an explosive evening and help share the volcanic love across the UK! This is your chance to help SMASHfestUK take to the road and keep running into 2018, with a suggested donation of £10, or pay what you can!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

The Albany Red Room

10:30 to 11:30 - DR DEATH & MEDIEVAL MEDICINE

What happens when Volcanoes erupt and destroy hospitals? Medical care goes back to the dark ages! Dr Death is back by popular demand, with his historically and scientifically accurate panto for children and other childish people.

Sneezes, wheezes, sickness and diseases are never welcome. But in the past, some of the treatments could be worse than the underlying illness. Join the time-travelling ‘Doctor De’ath’, Simon Watt, to see if he can ‘cure’ you.

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

12:00 to 13:00 - SURVIVAL SCIENCE

In this interactive show Huw James takes a look at how to survive in the most extreme environments known to humans, including how to survive a volcanic eruption! Get hints and tricks that could save your life if you find yourself stuck in the wild. How to outrun lava flows, how to avoid that toxic ash cloud, and why you might need a potty in your survival shelter. Find out how modern textiles keep your body warm, how we can filter dirty water and eat insects to stay alive. Maybe one day you’ll become a Survival Scientist!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

13:30 to 14:30 - SPACE ADVENTURES

The next giant leap for humankind is in our solar system. If we have to leave Earth then where do we go next? There are plenty of places in the solar system that hold the potential for life, but should we settle in one of those? Or should we look to the stars? This interactive show explores some of the more possible places for us to find life in the solar system and looks at where we should go, to explore, or when the Earth becomes uninhabitable. Find out about the amazing oceans of Titan, the cryovolcanoes of Enceladus and what lies in the outer reaches of our home. Maybe then you’ll be ready for a Space Adventure!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

15:00 to 16:00 - UTTERLY AMAZING VOLCANOES IN SPACE

Volcanoes aren’t just found here on Earth. In this interactive talk “Saturn Sheila” (Dr Sheila Kanani of the Royal Astronomical Society) will take you on a journey to some of the most awe-inspiring, weird and wonderful volcanoes in our Solar System.

You may imagine space to be empty, filled with only silence and nothingness, but if you visit the other planets and their moons you’ll find out that space volcanoes fill the Solar System with water, dust, sulphuric acid and liquid nitrogen. Some have strange arachnoid features, others spew glue like viscous lava, some could hold clues to the existence of extraterrestrial life! We will also recreate a stinking model of a volcanic eruption on one of Jupiter’s moons, “Io” which was captured on camera for the first time ever, by the New Horizons space probe!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

Friday 17th February 2017

The Albany Garden

16:00 - CRYO VOLCANO ERUPTION

We’re building a 5 metre high cryovolcano and it’s going to be eruption shooting 1500 ping pong balls high into the sky above the Albany Theatre. Using liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees we’ll be setting off a massive explosion that will rock the festival. This will be an official world record attempt and you’re invited to help make it happen! Be part of history by helping us build this behemoth. Then when it goes off you’ll be a world record holder. Make sure you’re there!

Ear Pugs will be provided - It's Going to Be Loud!

Organised by Middlesex University with  Dr Nathan Adams. Supported by Sheffield University.

NO TICKET NEEDED for this event. Just come along and watch it go off with a bang.

 

The Albany Auditorium

10:00 to 11:00 - COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families... but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and keeping with the SMASHfestUK theme - some of the jokes are about Supervolcanoes.Hot stuff!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

12:00 to 13:00 - SMASHfestUK presents RUPTURE by Rebecca Manley Directed by Matt Harrison

Sora’s life began in flight from Montserrat and the darkness of an island shrouded in volcanic ash. Now the world seems darker again, riven with fear. London has always been Sora’s home but she feels like it is changing. She has never visited Montserrat but she is wondering whether living in the shadow of a volcano is worse than living surrounded by people who are afraid of each other. Something is pulling her back. SMASHfestUK’s unique company of young actors tell Sora’s story in a funny, moving and original new production.

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

14:30 to 15:30 - FIRE MOUNTAIN SHOW

Fire! Fire! Fire! Time to burn down the house! How do you conclude a week of volcanic discovery and destruction? With a bang! Matt Ricardo, the gentleman juggler, is master of ceremonies leading you through an hour of fire and mystery. The never-ending question, what goes first on the table, the crockery or the cloth? You may be surprised at the answer! Matt Ricardo amazes and entertains, juggling both objects and acts to give you a show to remember!

Thought you could Hula Hoop? Daisy Black is back! Lighting up the stage with her stunning performance taking the use of the hoop to an art form. Kyle Evans takes to the stage with a guitar and brain, mathematically delighting and amusing you till there are tears in your eyes! And those tears may remain, as the fart show smells its way onto the stage. Detect the gas and hear the noise as our very own Esther Lie explores nether regions and emissions. With the all those whiffy gases around you better be careful with a flame! Nathan Adams returns to burn up the stage. Setting light to the contents of his lab there will be bangs, sparks and surprises. As well as all the colours of the rainbow! Not for the faint hearted or easily scared - but then again neither was the festival!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

The Albany Red Room

10:30 to 11:30 - THE RAP AND FOLF SMASHUP

What a musical treat to start the day! A full on rapping folk double-header! Prepare to laugh and be inspired as Kyle Evans and Jon Chase take to the stage!

Who’d’ve thought pop culture and mathematics were such good friends? That musicians from Dylan to Drake were dropping maths references into their tunes? That Ian Curtis and Evariste Galois had so much in common? Enter folk mathematician Kyle Evans and his trusty guitar, here to take you on a comedic musical tour through some unexpected parallels between maths & pop. Come prepared for fun for maths enthusiasts and novices alike.

Join BBC Bitesize science presenter and author Jon Chase as he performs his unique raps about science. Jon has entertained more than 100 thousand people across the UK with his fun and informative raps. He has written raps for NASA, The BBC and Channel 4 amongst others. If you’re into rap or science, this is not to be missed! Don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself.

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

12:00 to 13:00 - HOW BIG IS YOUR BANG

Are you fascinated by volcanoes? Captivated by cinder cones? Love lava lakes? Well this is the show for you! Find out everything you ever wanted to know and more about these flaming monsters in our midst. In a journey spanning the globe Professor Dougal Jerram AKA ‘Dr. Volcano’ will talk you through the earth’s fiery giants. Using his extensive first hand experience of the world’s magma monsters he conveys you through a world of bombs, lava and pyroclastic flows. With explosive demonstrations along the way this a show not to be missed!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

13:30 to 14:30 - THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF DR WHO

As you read this, you’re on a huge, sticky rock called Earth, hurtling round a nuclear fireball at 67,000 miles per hour. If that fact feels weird and unsettling you’re more likely to remember it – the bits of our brains that encode long-term memory are linked to the bits dealing with emotion (and our sense of smell). And this odd memory-creating process affects our sense of the passing of time.

Lots of what we know about space, time and ourselves is surprising and counterintuitive. But if it’s so peculiar, how did we puzzle it out? Unlike the Doctor in Doctor Who, we can’t feel the turn of the Earth beneath us. We don’t have a TARDIS to take us to other planets for a quick look round. But what does the Doctor do when he lands on an alien world where something strange is happening? He explores, looks for clues and asks awkward questions – sometimes getting in trouble with whoever’s in charge...

Illustrated using clips from the TV show, Simon Guerrier shows how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling – and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries.

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

15:00 to 16:00 - THINK YOU CAN SURVIVE?

Having a volcano erupt around you is a stressful experience, but when the pressure is on, how do we rise above? Is it only the sharp-eyed that survive? How big a risk are you prepared to take to save your life? If your life depended on it, could you lie your way out of trouble? When the Supervolcano blows, how will you cope?

Take a mental check up via some classic psychology insights. See how your mind works best when under pressure (and how we’ve been practicing all our lives). Learn how our body language gives us away when we tell lies and why taking a risk is not always the easiest thing to do.

Jon Wood will teach you that surviving a disaster depends on adopting the right frame of mind. And shows you how you can do it should the need arise!

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.

 

The Albany Cafe

14:00 to 15:00 - STONE EXPLORERS

Can you spot the volcanologist? What does one look like? We have two per day wandering the cafe and foyer ready to answer all your questions. What is it like to stand on a volcano? What is the most dangerous place you have visited? How smelly does it get? Find out and view samples they have brought back from their travels. One day this could be you...

FREE TICKETS available through the ALBANY website. Pay what you feel on the day.