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A full list of where you can catch the show over the Summer
is at the bottom of this page!

If you’ve got any questions or would like to book the show for your school or festival drop us a mail at

Everest [at] DaredevilLabs.com


‘Daredevil Labs: EVEREST’ is a new, interactive, demo-packed live science show touring schools and festivals in 2013.

The show explores the science of high-altitude survival and tells the story of a team of doctors and children on a scientific adventure to uncover cutting-edge medical treatments and save lives back home.

Written by Daredevil Labs’ experienced science communicators – Greg Foot (BBC Science Presenter on TV, Radio, and at Live Events) and Nick Insley (Medical/Physiological Presenter and keen mountaineer) – this show introduces ‘Xtreme Everest 2 – a group of intensive care doctors, nurses, and scientists who have set up the highest lab in the world; 5,364m above sea level, at Everest Base Camp.

It’s an inhospitable place to live, let alone do cutting-edge medical research. But they won’t be alone. They’re going to be joined by adults, sherpas and children* – volunteers willing to push their bodies to the limits for science.

 In the UK one in five of us will end up in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at some point in our life.

Of those, 20% will die in the ICU. Nearly all die from hypoxia – a lack of oxygen reaching the body’s vital organs.

But we still don’t know why some people survive hypoxia whilst other don’t.

By studying how healthy bodies cope with the hypoxic conditions at altitude, the Xtreme Everest 2 team hopes to develop new treatments for their critically ill patients back home.

What’s in the show?

Basecamp_Wide - Everest In ViewWith a host of incredible photos and stunning video filmed at Base Camp, this one-hour live show will show you just what happens when you push your body to go somewhere it’s not built to go – to the top of the world.

The show explores the science of high altitude survival, uncovers the effect of altitude on your physiology, explores the genetics of fitness, and unpicks the cutting-edge research being done by Xtreme Everest 2. It’s interactive, energetic and packed full of demos.

A couple of highlights include a dramatic opening that brings an Everest summit attempt and Intensive Care Unit to life, a hypoxic machine that can lower someone’s sats live on stage, a camera that shows – LIVE – individual red blood cells rushing through your tiny blood vessels, a chance to dress up in a full summit suit, gas mask, tank, & boots, and the odd explosion to show the importance of oxygen too!

This is not only a story of ground-breaking research, it’s a story of how modern medicine can lead you on a scientific adventure.

* The children go as high as Namche Bazaar at 3,440m above sea level.

Who’s the show for?

Our original show has been written for a Key Stage 4 audience but we can easily modify it to work for a Key Stage 5 or 3 or even 2 audience. We’re used to performing shows like this to audiences from 100 up to 1000 so we’re happy to play to any size audience.

How much does it cost to book for my school?

The show’s development was kindly Supported by The Wellcome Trust, was developed with Xtreme Everest 2, and is offered to schools at a flat fee of £595+VAT per day (2 x 1hr shows) with no additional travel, accommodation or other expenses on top.

Our fee for Festivals is slightly higher depending on the number of shows and presenters required. Drop us an email and we can have a natter about it.

How do I book you for my school?

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Where can I see the show this Summer?

We’re taking the show to a whole host of Science Festivals over the Summer. Would be great to see you! Most are free, but some require tickets:

Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham, Saturday 8th June, 12pm. Tickets here.

The Big Bang Scotland 2013, Glasgow, Friday 14th June. More info here.

Big Bang West Midlands 2013, Coventry, Tuesday 25th June. More info here.

Big Bang North West 2013, Liverpool, Wednesday 26th June. More info here.

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, London, Sunday 7th July, 12.30pm & 2.30pm. Show info here.

Royal Institution Family Show, London, Tuesday 9th July, 6pm. Tickets here.

Bounce Festival, Richmond, London, Saturday 10th August & Sunday 11th August.

British Science Festival, Newcastle, Sunday 8th September, 12pm. A special demo & debate event with some of the Xtreme Everest 2 team.