FRIDAY 25th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Christian Reilly: LOLternative Rock
Comedy (stand-up, music)
Perrier award-winning musical comedian gives LOLternative facts, yuge laughs and bigly hits. Featuring Depeche Mode: own personal Jesus vs nationalised Jesus, Ed Sheeran: #GingerElvesMatter, Drake: quack! Plus: Radiohead on karma police brutality, Foo Fighters on singing in all caps, The xx on Roman numerals, Aerosmith on transgender elevators and much more. 'Blisteringly funny' (Stage). 'Hysterical' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'Hyperventilating with laughter' ***** (Student). 'The comedy equivalent of Motörhead slamming straight into Ace Of Spades' (Scotsman). 'Amazingly high-quality' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Seriously funny' (Richard Herring) 'Funny sonofabitch' (Rich Hall).
Helen Duff: When the Going Gets Duff
Comedy (storytelling, clown)
'Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning' (BroadwayBaby.com) Helen Duff returns with a 'bold, subversive and very funny' (Scotsman) show about life as a fully exposed idiot. Doughnuts may be shared in an effort to illustrate why basic demand and supply economics need a tantric overhaul. Amused Moose New Act Award Finalist, 2017. Soon to be seen alongside Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in the 2018 feature film Holmes and Watson. 'Absolutely shameless, boldly ridiculous, embarrassingly funny' **** (Australia Times). 'Quick witted and supremely empowered... a formidable comic' **** (Scotsman).
Kate Butch in Kate If You Wanna Go Butcher
Comedy (stand-up, lgbt)
Join the Comic Sans of Drag, Kate Butch, for an hour of comedy, songs and games. Catch 'a great comedian' (WhatsOnStage.com) in her debut solo show, fresh(ish) from appearing in the cult Edinburgh smash, The Room: The Musical, discussing pornography, marriage, and dot-to-dot puzzles. Winner of York's Lip-Sync Lollapalooza, and three-time moral winner of York's Lip-Sync Lollapalooza, Kate Butch will tickle your comedic taste buds with filth, gore and cassette tapes (subject to availability).
Theatre (comedy, farce)
How far would you go to achieve your dream? This farcical comedy centres around failing actor Alicia Harding. Alicia regales us with how one audition led her to be landed with the director’s nightmare of a dog, Titus, who not only causes trouble in her personal life but delights in using the living room carpet as his personal toilet. As Alicia finds her way into the director’s email account, she takes matters into her own hands. Will her gutsy attitude serve her well or ruin her career forever? A fast-paced, witty, one-woman show. www.blueleaftheatre.co.uk
Theatre (new writing, drama)
Following a hugely successful UK tour, Cardboard Citizens' powerful four-star play hits the Edinburgh Festival. Inspired by Ken Loach's groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, Ali Taylor's timely new drama imagines a Cathy for the modern age, bringing to life the impact of spiralling housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of forced relocation. Coming to the festival for the first time in its 25th anniversary year, Cardboard Citizens will use its trademark style to give audiences the chance to join the debate as to how society should be tackling these issues. **** (Stage). **** (TheUpcoming.co.uk). **** (TheReviewsHub.com). cardboardcitizens.org.uk/cathyedinburgh
Geoff Norcott: Right Leaning but Well Meaning
Comedy (stand-up, political)
'Objectively funny regardless of your political leaning' **** (Fest). 'Absolute tonic' **** (Telegraph). As seen on Question Time (BBC One) and Edinburgh Nights (BBC Two). Written for Alternative Election (Channel 4), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), The Sarah Millican Television Programme (BBC Two) and Live at the Apollo (BBC One). Tour support for Katherine Ryan.
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (theatre, international)
A staggering blend of circus, theatre and dance, Quebec's Cirque Éloize transform classic film Metropolis into a virtuosic spectacle for the whole family. As artists rebel, their grey cityscape is replaced by absurd humour, beautiful poetry and bursts of brilliant colour, in a world where fantasy defies reality. The internationally acclaimed sensation and 2014 New York Drama Desk Award Winner for Unique Theatrical Experience, Cirkopolis has performed in 30 different countries. 'Extraordinary. There's the circus, and then there's Cirque Éloize. These guys are on a whole other level!' (New York Post). 'A feast of modern circus' (Sydney Morning Herald). http://www.cirque-eloize.com
Mervyn has been in the entertainment industry since 1974. He started in theatre where he acted, wrote scripts, songs, and directed for around 14 years. In the 1980s, he became the 'regular topical song bloke' on the BBC TV's first ever daytime show, 'Open Air', fronted by a thin Irishman called Eamonn Holmes. Over the years he has performed weekly topical songs on many TV current affairs programmes and more of the same on radio. In the late 1980s, Merv took his comedy songs onto the Comedy Circuit and then touring theatres. Merv's first Edinburgh Fringe was in 1986 and he has been every year since. He started his 'Pick of the Fringe' in 1992 and he has hosted it ever since. More at About Mervyn.
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