Cosmic Shambles LIVE

A night of live science, comedy and music on tour across Aus and NZ in March & April 2017

Never experienced outside of the UK before, the celebrated sell-out UK gala nights pioneered by Robin Ince, is headed down under.  Expect a captivating night showcasing the best of science, music and comedy.

Get tickets for all shows here

Starring Robin Ince, Josie Long, Helen Czerski, Lucie Green, Matt Parker and many more local guests, (which you can see below), we’re bringing a series of one-night-only tasting menus of witty stand-up, fascinating scientific explorations and big name musicians to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.  Cosmic Shambles LIVE is a variety show that celebrates curiosity and reason, an explosion of science, comedy, music and general wonder, with a great sense of fun.  In the tradition of Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People and Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium of Reason, this is a show that will make you laugh and make you think.

Each show will feature a unique line up of local stars joining our UK cast which features Robin Ince, Josie Long, Helen Czerski, Lucie Green and Matt Parker. Check below for local guests as they’re announced.

Make sure you’re on board for what is bound to be a series of nights like no other. Funky sounds! Nerdy wonders! Dazzling spreadsheets! Confused earthworms! And everything else besides.

Part proceeds from the show will be going to great charities like Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Cosmic Shambles LIVE in Australia and New Zealand is proudly presented by The Atheist Foundation of Australia and Cerebral Events Ltd (NZ), in association with Trunkman Productions (UK).

Read more about the show here in an exclusive article by host Robin Ince.

The Cast

(So far…)

The lineup at each show will be different but rest assured each one will be jam packed with brilliant scientists, comedians and musicians.  We’ll be announcing new guests all the time in the run up to the shows and there’ll also be a few special surprises on the night…

Robin Ince

Comedian & Co-Host

Appearing at all shows


Dr Helen Czerski

Bubble Physicist

Appearing at all shows except Perth


Peter Berner


Appearing at Sydney show


Ali Barter


Appearing at Melbourne show


Matt Stellingwerf


Appearing at all NZ Shows


Jon Toogood

Singer Songwriter

Appearing at Wellington show


Prof Barry Marshall

Physician & Nobel Laureate

Appearing at Perth show


Toby Brown


Appearing at Perth show


Josie Long

Comedian & Co-Host

Appearing at all shows


Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Science Communicator

Appearing at Sydney show


Leigh Nicholson

Cell Biologist

Appearing at Sydney show


Lawrence Leung


Appearing at Melbourne show


James Nokise


Appearing at all NZ shows


Prof Shaun Hendy


Appearing at WEL & CHC shows


Prof Fiona Wood

Surgeon & Researcher

Appearing at Perth show


Sam Perry

Vocal Loop Artist

Appearing at Perth show


Prof Lucie Green

Solar Scientist

Appearing at all shows



Singer Songwriter

Appearing at Sydney show


Dr Katie Mack


Appearing at Melbourne show


Prof Peter Doherty

Immunologist & Nobel Laureate

Appearing at Melbourne show


Dr Annalisa Durdle

Forensic Scientist

Appearing at Melbourne show


Lawrence Arabia

Singer Songwriter

Appearing at Auckland show


Hollie Smith

Singer Songwriter

Appearing at Christchurch show


Simone & Girlfunkle

Folk Band

Appearing at Perth show


Matt Parker

Stand Up Mathematician

Appearing at all shows


Tim Jarvis

Environmental Scientist

Appearing at Sydney show


Rod Quantock


Appearing at Melbourne show


Dr Michelle Dickinson


Appearing at all NZ shows


Dr Siouxsie Wiles


Appearing at AKL & WEL shows


Don Walker

Singer Songwriter

Appearing at Perth show


Matt Storer


Appearing at Perth show


Renae Sayers

Science Communicator

Appearing at Perth show


And many more to be announced!

Cosmic Shambles LIVE is playing the following dates in Aus / NZ in 2017

More info for all shows can be found at


Sydney, Enmore Theatre – March 28th – Tickets

Melbourne, MCEC – April 1st – Tickets

Auckland, Aotea Centre – April 4th – Tickets


Wellington, Opera House- April 8th – Tickets

Christchurch, Isaac Theatre Royal – April 10th – Tickets

Perth, Octagon Theatre – April 13th – Tickets



Helen Czerski chats bubbles with Radio NZ

Helen Czerski on Triple J with Dr Karl 

James Nokise on The Cafe chats about joining the lineup.

Matt Parker talks pies on the radio with Nova in Perth

The Concrete Playground preview the tour for NZ

Michelle Dickinson talks about the excitement of the tour heading down under on The AM Show on TV3

Helen Czerski chats to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald about the tour, Trump and Bubbles.

Robin Ince chats to Ed Brown for the Science on Top Podcast.



This Much I Know’ Robin chats to The NZ Herald 

Michelle Dickinson meets Robin Ince

The cast to talk to The Australian about the show

Josie Long joins The Laugh Track on Radio NZ

Lucie Green and Dr Karl talk to ABC Perth

Helen Czerski joins the Einstein A Go Go Podcast

Matt Parker joins Katherine Ryan on Radio NZ to talk about combining maths and comedy

Robin Ince on curating live science shows, chats with Kim Hill on Radio NZ

Robin, Josie, Matt and producer Trent chat with the Token Skeptic Podcast

“Michelle Dickinson appears by arrangement with Johnson & Laird Management.”