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Award-winning comedian and star of BBC Radio 4's hit space comedy It Is Rocket Science!, HELEN KEEN returns to Edinburgh with a tale of technology, heartbreak and sexxxy robots. A fusion of stand-up, science fiction and shadow puppetry will transport you into the exciting, inventive and
tinfoil-y world of The Future (by at least an hour!).

HELEN KEEN is a Yorkshire-born comedian and writer and winner of the first ever Channel 4 New Comedy Writing Award.. Her debut solo show It Is Rocket Science! won the Buxton Festival Fringe Award for Best Comedy Performance and extensively toured the UK and Ireland before being snapped up by the BBC. BBC Radio 4 has so far launched two popular and critically acclaimed series of It Is Rocket Science with HELEN, also starring PETER SERAFINOWICZ (Look Around You, The Peter Serafinowicz Show,) and produced by Gareth Edwards (Mitchell & Webb, Spaced).

What the press has said about It Is Rocket Science:

"Beautiful…. a 15 minute gem,” Sunday Express
"adroitly blends comedy and science - there are plenty of jokes, but also sharp sketches,"
The Sunday Times
"informed, enthusiastic and funny," Daily Mail
"shamelessly nerdy...deeply silly," Radio Times
"proves that fact-based boffin buffoonery works," The Guardian

HELEN has presented The Fourth Dimension (BBC Radio 4’s science fiction and horror programming) and has appeared on Woman’s Hour and The Infinite Monkey Cage - as well as guesting on the Uncaged Monkeys live tour, taking her to venues including the Manchester O2 arena and the Hammersmith Apollo, with BRIAN COX, ROBIN INCE, BEN GOLDACRE and SIMON SINGH. She is currently the first Comedian in Residence at the Newcastle Centre for Life Science Village - where her duties have ranged from teaching academics to be funny about their esoteric subjects, to co-writing and narrating a planetarium extravaganza about the moon.

What the press has said about Helen Keen:

“Quirky, offbeat and original...clearly someone to watch,” The Sunday Times
"Keen's a perpetually inquisitive character... harnessing a sharp comedy sensibility to an arsenal of fascinating facts, she's a treat for anyone who matches a sense of humour with an inquiring mind,"
James Kettle, The Guardian

Robot Woman of Tomorrow
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - The Hut
Date: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Time: 3.30pm
Box Office: 0131 556 6550

For more information and press tickets, please contact: or phone: Hannah Wilkinson, Alex Sayer, Lottie Doran,
Debra Clavey, Charlotte Davidson or Dan Lloyd
on Edinburgh: 0131 527 1588 / London: 020 7598 7222


Avalon is one of the leading promoters of live comedy in the UK. Recent highlights include: RUSSELL HOWARD performing to over 240,000 fans with sell-out tour Right Here, Right Now; AL MURRAY’s triple extended show The Pub Landlord’s Beautiful British Tour, including London’s O2 arena; RUSSELL KANE becoming the only person to win both the Edinburgh Comedy Award and the Barry Award in the same year for Smokescreens and Castles; RICHARD HERRING returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his 25th year; DAVE GORMAN’s Barry Award nominated sell-out tour Powerpoint Presentation and GREG DAVIES’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated, triple-extended, 109 date sell-out show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog.

Avalon has been presenting shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1988, promoting more Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and nominees than any other company, including: CHRIS ADDISON, GREG DAVIES, DAVE GORMAN, HARRY HILL, RUSSELL HOWARD, RUSSELL KANE, THE MIGHTY BOOSH, AL MURRAY, KRISTEN SCHAAL &

KURT BRAUNOHLER and FRANK SKINNER and two of only three female winners of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award; JENNY ECLAIR and LAURA SOLON. Last year saw CHRIS RAMSEY nominated at the festival. Avalon has been
presenting its new talent vehicle and the Fringe’s longest running stand-up showcase, The Comedy Zone, at the festival for the last 21 years, which has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in stand-up: DAVE GORMAN, HARRY HILL, RUSSELL HOWARD, MARK LAMARR, STEWART LEE, SIMON MUNNERY, AL MURRAY and ROSS NOBLE.

Avalon Promotions has staged major shows and tours including: NEWMAN & BADDIEL at Wembley, in the first ever arena show in the UK, which played to over 10,000 people in 1993, FRANK SKINNER’S Guinness World record-breaking performance to an audience of 6,000 (the biggest ever stand-up show at that time) at Battersea Power Station and Jerry Springer - The Opera which won 6 Oliviers, playing to audiences at the National Theatre, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House.