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Edinburgh Law School at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wed 31 July 2019


This year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe will see Law School staff take to the stage and Old College become one of the city's hundreds of venues.

For the third year in a row, Dr Smita Kheria, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, will perform her show 'No copyright, no problem?' as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas series. The show explores whether copyright is necessary, what would happen without it, and who benefits and loses out. The show will take place on Wednesday 14 August at the Stand Comedy Club's New Town Theatre, and more details and tickets are available here.

On the theme of intellectual property, the Law School will once again offer a professional development session for Fringe participants this year, helping creators and performers navigate copyright quandaries. The event is free to attend, but booking is recommended.

Also part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is 'O Sister, Where Art Thou?': a show in which bioethicist and co-director of the Mason Institute Sarah Chan, along with sperm donor Lee Baylis, discuss the ethics and legalities of egg and sperm donation. Find out more on the CoDI website.

For the duration of the festival you can find the Scottish Feminist Judgments exhibition, 'Reimagining the Law from the Outside In', on display in the Quad Cafe at Old College. The exhibition encourages direct public engagement, confrontation, and empathetic exploration of real legal cases through a gender-sensitive lens. It is free to visit and will be running from Friday 2 August.

Dr Chloe Kennedy of the SFJP will make appearances in 'The Staircase: An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix's The Staircase', discussing the details of the case and series for three nights from 8 to 10 August. Dr Kennedy will also take part in panel discussions following performances of 'Medea Speaks', Franca Rame's acclaimed interpretation of Medea, on 20 and 21 August.

Meanwhile, Professor Sharon Cowan, also of the SFJP, will facilitate a discussion about the play 'How Not to Drown', a first-hand account of an 11-year-old refugee sent by his parents from Kosova-Albania to the UK, on 19 August. The play has won a Fringe First Award and actor Dritan Kastrati has won a Herald Angel Award for his role as himself as an adult looking back on his childhood and journey to the UK. Tickets for the event, 'TalkFest - Anatomy of a Play' are available here.