Sun 13th May 7pm-9pm £10 Dr. Mark Vernon takes a philosophical romp through the big ideas of Socrates and Plato. He explores happiness through the eyes of Aristotle, ventures into the Hellenistic schools of the Epicureans, Sceptics and Cynics and expands on the practical ideas of the Stoics and how they can all help us to […]
Wed 16th May 7pm-9pm £10 Having grown up repeatedly watching her father Ken Campbell’s one-man shows (cheaper than a babysitter), Daisy Campbell is now marking the 10 year anniversary of her dad’s death with a Campbellian monologue of her own. Pigspurt’s Child follows Daisy’s surreal quest to go farther than her father – when Pigspurt […]
Sun 20th May 9pm-12pm £12 2018 marks ten years since Ken Campbell left the planet. For this special night we’ll be celebrating his madcap capers and unique contribution to theatre and comedy with extracts rom rarely seen interviews and documentaries as well as his TV films The Madness Museum and Unfair Exchanges with Julie Walters. […]
Tues 22nd May 7pm-9pm £10 Singalong-a-Wickerman! is a camp Rocky Horror-style cabaret and film night; combining live music, audience participation and Wickerman-themed silliness. Dust down your best Scottish accent, dress up as your favourite character and come join in with the singing, buttock-slapping and dialogue of this horror classic. Your hosts, Dr. Bramwell and Eliza […]
Dr David Luke Wed 30th May 7-9pm £10 Dr David Luke is cofounder and director of Breaking Convention, an international conference on psychedelic consciousness. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics. A brilliant speaker, Dr Luke has given over 200 invited public lectures and conference presentations, won […]
We have now reached the end of our third journey through the portal labelled “Odditorium”. The two Davids reflect on the eclectic fare that has been offered and look forward to putting their feet up and consuming a celebratory biscuit, when…! Thank you for listening to this series and we look forward to returning in […]
To paraphrase Monty Python, “What have the French ever done for us?”. Well, language wise, quite a lot or 74% to be precise. But is it all good? Dr Lynne Murphy asks us to reclaim our language and the two Davids try to reclaim our land.
Zoology expert, Jules Howard gives his second Odditorium talk on the sex lives of animals, the extraordinary ways some creatures have learned to extend their lives and what we can learn from them. In the studio pie, cake and biscuit lover Dave Mounfield, is doing all he can to make it past 40.
We were delighted when Rupert agreed to come and speak at one of our live Odditorium events in 2016. Here the celebrated scientist explores the importance of ritual and pilgrimage and the rise of psychedelic rituals in recent years. Inspired, our intrepid presenters take a pilgrimage to the shops…to buy some biscuits.
Something a bit different for our episode today! Odditorium co-presenter David Bramwell, together with author John Higgs, have made a special 4-part series exploring the hidden history of one of Britain’s oldest roads: Watling Street. This sample episode, recorded on location in Kent, covers everything from the Carry -On’s Charles Hawtry to Brian Haw, who […]
Psychogeographer, author and acclaimed Alpinist, Mathew Clayton argues that, even more than the synthesiser, the cowbell, was the defining sound of the 20th century. Tying in everything from Kraftwerk to Jazz he shows how the little-known genres of kling-klang and ding-dong have influenced us in a post-truth world.
Nearing the end of his journey, David heads to the Arizona Desert in search of an entire eco-city built from scratch by Italian arhitect, Paolo Soleri. Arriving back at his home in Brighton after twelve months he wonders how he can bring a sense of community and utopia to his own backyard, only to discover […]
David heads to California where he thinks maybe – just maybe – he’s found utopia in a New Age community conceived by Aldous Huxley and managed by Hunter S.Thompson. Does it have free wifi and stock his favourite biscuits? Is he finally over his ex? Find out in the penultimate thrilling episode. Part five of […]
In the heart of the Italian Alps sits the community of Damanhur, creators of the world’s largest underground temple and home to singing plants. While David is moved to tears by their architectural wonders he is there on a commission from his old friend Ken Campbell: to steal the community’s ‘fully functioning’ time machine. Part […]