Well, it happened! – First Bright Club Wales

Thanks to everyone who turned up to out first Bright Club Wales event on such a cold night. Hopefully you all enjoyed it, we know that the academics who took part did (after they overcame their nerves and fears). If you were not able to make it, then you missed:

  • Mike Ward talking about being a 30 (ish) year old social scientist researching and trying to fit in with 17-18 year old  men and unusual places to go to the toilet.
  • Keir Waddington, medical historian, seamlessly going from Waitrose revolutionaries past the Elephant Man and Florence Nightingale’s knickers to becoming the world’s expert on the history of German sausages.
  • Hamish Fyfe on becoming out and proud as a professor, dealing with students and dancing academics.
  • Ben Cornell , or Fizzy McPhysics, on being a technician who makes quasi-optical filters for satellites and the quality of scientific graffiti in Cardiff

The whole evening was compéred magnificently by Dean Burnett with a guest appearance from Ben about Beating Roger Bannister with musical accompaniment from Helen Arney whose new Christmas album “It’s going to be an awkward Christmas, Darling” is available from iTunes or Play.com

A 90 second “promo” clip from Monday’s Bright Club can be found at http://vimeo.com/17403307. This does not cover all the acts as someone (who shall remain nameless but should know better) only brought one video tape with me him!

Following the success of the evening, we are now working on a second which is likely to be towards the end of February and is potentially themed around Communication.

Bright Club Wales on BBC Radio Wales

Michael Ward and Bruce Etherington were on the Jamie and Louise Show today talking about Monday’s Bright Club. You can listen again here from 2:08:20 till 2:17:25 until next Wednesday

First Bright Club Wales 29th November 2010

Bright Club Wales features music, comedy and a humurous take on areas of interest you’ve probably never thought of.

A group of professional academics and researchers will take to the stage for the very first time to deliver hlarious observations on their areas of expertise, from the social group interactions of 17-18 year olds to the history of anti-masturbatory devices, or maybe something else altogether?

Hosted by Dean Burnett, Doctor of neuroscience and veteran of the Cardiff Comedy Scene with music and comedy provided by the amazing Helen Arney (as heard on Radio 4) with the following confirmed academics:

Mike Ward, Sociologist,  looking at how a 30-something researcher tries to observe 17-18 year old boys

Kier Waddington, medical historian, discussing all manner of things, from knitwear to ironed newspapers and German sausages.

Hamish Fyfe, Professor of Drama, discussing some his favourite aspects of his chosen subject.

Fizzy McPhysics (stage name, obviously) builder of satellite components, highlighting some of the more surreal aspects of his field.

Special Guest: Comedian Ben Partridge, analysing evolution in a rather inspired way.


All are welcome to the event which takes place in 10 Feet Tall, entry will be £5 on the doors which open at 7:30 for an 8pm start