SATURDAY 19th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, family)
Breathtaking displays of juggling and acrobatics combine with clowning that evokes Laurel and Hardy in this European smash-hit making its Fringe debut. A fast-paced energetic and funny circus show for all the family. Two impressively adept performers, one small and mischievous, one giant, clumsy and warm-hearted, are hopelessly connected to each other. When one falls, the other one flies. Flying, flipping, sliding and sticking, this thrilling show just won't let you go. Everything and everyone, including the audience, is attached. 'Extremely funny, terribly endearing' (LeParisian.fr). 'Utterly lovable circus-cum-clowning .. evokes the great comedy double acts' (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).
Nath Valvo - Not In This House
Nath Valvo smashed 2016. He stormed the Melbourne Comedy Festival TV Gala, recorded his debut stand up TV special and scored a nomination for Best Newcomer in the Edinburgh Fringe. Catch one of Australia's best tackling love, scary sex, bored parents, Beyonce and FitBits. 'Takes to the stage like he's been born to do it. Ridiculously good' **** (Scotsman). 'Valvo is a born crowd-pleaser!' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Whatever he tackles, he does it better than most. Relentlessly funny' ****1/2 (Sydney Morning Herald).
The Giant Killers
Theatre (historical, new writing)
Football wasn't always a game for the masses. The first players to compete for the FA Cup were lords, knights and peers, the wealthy and the privileged. That was until a group of mill workers from Darwen in Lancashire joined with two talented Glaswegians to change the game forever. This new play tells the untold true story of the Darwen vs The Old Etonians FA Cup tie. An uplifting tale about a town that finds a voice and a team that change the beautiful game forever. They are The Giant killers!
Music (acoustic, international)
Everything you would expect from a renowned Russian string orchestra... and some things you would not! Following recent sell-out concerts in Russia, USA and China, Misha Rachlevsky and his 14-strong Gang bring to the Fringe a compelling mixture of passion, energy, fun and great music, designed for all ages and guaranteed to make you look with fresh eyes upon the world of classical music. With several different programmes, compositions ranging from the most profound to the most light-hearted, and a real connection with their audience, Misha's Gang will move, delight and entertain you!
Sugar Baby by Alan Harris
Theatre (new writing, comedy)
Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff and living up to your family’s expectations is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day. A one-man comedy from critically acclaimed writer Alan Harris (Paines Plough, National Theatre Wales) and award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest. ***** (Scotsman).
Al Porter in Campus Maximus
This outrageously talented 23-year-old Irishman shot to Fringe fame last year with an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination and bookings on McIntyre's Big Show, Live at the Apollo and 8 Out of 10 Cats. He's back this year, full of cheekiness and sparkling showmanship with a brand-new feel-good hour of his trademark council estate camp. 'Shades of Dave Allen... born to be on stage' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Enough charisma to fill the O2' **** (Evening Standard). 'A steamroller crowd-pleasing talent' **** (Guardian). 'Hilarious' **** (Times).
Camille O'Sullivan: Where Are We Now?
'The queen of the Fringe' (BBC Arts) premieres a new show asking Where Are We Now? in our suddenly, crazily-changing world. Framing this question through the arresting, final songs of Bowie and Leonard Cohen and those of other crucial writers such as PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, bringing her rare gift for storytelling. Camille's Where Are We Now? promises to be an unforgettable evening of madness, beauty, darkness and love. Five-star sell-out performances include Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, La Clique and Roundhouse. 'Spellbinding storytelling in song - magnificent' ***** (Times).
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)