MONDAY 7th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Theatre (physical theatre, drama)
Multi award-winning Ad Infinitum return with their hit show following an international tour, winning nine awards. Experience a journey of life, death and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the realty of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. A poignant, life-affirming tale without words. ‘A show that will steal your heart’ ***** (Scotsman). ‘A masterclass in theatricality’ ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). ‘Admirable’ **** (Times).
Stephen Bailey: Can't Think Straight
Following his sell-out debut tour and appearances on ITV’s Safeword, Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and W’s Celebrity Advice Bureau, everyone’s favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ (Daily Record) returns with another of his infamous gossips. Join Stephen, support for Katherine Ryan on her UK tour, as he tackles everything from celebrity culture to politics, and from dating to working-class family life. ‘He has charisma, he has his own style, he has a wicked line in material and the ability to go off piste with crowd work that is achingly funny’ **** (One4Review.co.uk).
Theatre (new writing, storytelling)
'This is a story about a boy, and a girl. Some of the story is true. Some of it isn't. And I'm not going to tell you which is which... ' What happens to us as the red mist descends? Everyone has felt the prickle of anger, so why do some men lash out while others stay in control? Monster is a thrilling new performance about violence and masculinity, from internationally-acclaimed Worklight Theatre. Written and performed by Joe Sellman-Leava (winner of the Fringe First Award for Labels).
The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis
Theatre (puppetry, comedy)
Did you know your neighbour’s mum’s got chlamydia? Bethany Lewis, stay-at-home mother of two, said so. The spirits told her. Beth’s started receiving mysterious visions, and it’s making her famous. Ssspssshhwhh... Oh, hear that? Your dad's an escort. An adult comedy with puppets, from the creators of the 2015 hit The Ascension of Mrs Leech. Previous praise: 'not to be missed' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Flawless … I didn’t want the show to end' ***** (FringeGuru.com). 'Hilarious' **** (AYoungerTheatre.com).
Jonny Awsum: Honey, I Promised the Kid
Jonny Awsum promised his daughter he’d play live on stage at the O2. It wasn’t as easy as he’d hoped. Did he do it? Come along and find out in a true tale packed with celebrity encounters, numerous dignity-sapping incidents and an incredible final twist… 'A hilarious and heart-warming tale' (Jason Manford). 'Guaranteed to lift your spirits' ***** (Daily Mirror). 'Filled with sharp wit and incredible warmth' ***** (ThreeWeeks).
Darren Harriott: Defiant
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Three things are guaranteed in life: failure, strong opinions and death. This (very funny) debut show from Darren Harriott is about all three. Darren is one of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians on the circuit. In the last year, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, supporting Jimmy Carr. He then headed to the Edinburgh Festival 2016 as part of the prestigious Pleasance Reserve, where he featured on the comedy show BBC Radio 4 Extra Stands Up. 'Harriott, is definitely going to make an impact' (Bruce Dessau).
Denim: World Tour
It's pop in a dazzling new costume. It's drag as you've never experienced before. Drag supergroup Denim are hitting Edinburgh on their one-stop world tour. Revel in Denim's unique brand of explosive pop in their hotly-anticipated Edinburgh debut. Join Denim as they give back to their billions of fans. ‘I think they're called Denim’ (Kate Moss). ‘London's hottest new girl band’ (Vice). ‘The Queens steal the show’ (Evening Standard). ‘A hysterical cabaret-musical’ (Vogue).
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.
Pleasance One photos
"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent"
'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
3rd-25th Aug 2019
(not 15th, 22nd)