SATURDAY 5th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Mairi Campbell: Pulse
Award-winning musician’s five-star show returns after a triumphant Fringe 2016. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling, Pulse is the story of Mairi’s quest to heal cultural wounds. From classical training at London’s Guildhall, to love and danger in Mexico and discovering step-dancing in Cape Breton, Campbell ‘becomes a chameleon in her own back-story… opening her throat in a spirit of belonging that is life-affirming for all’ (Herald). ‘Mesmerising... an exhilarating blend of music, movement and animation’ (Scotsman). ‘Subtle, beautiful, evocative’ (FringeReview.co.uk). ‘Bare, unabashed honesty… you'll feel transformed’ (ThreeWeeks). Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson.
Brennan Reece: Everlong
Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee (me) and English Comedian of the Year (also me) returns with a ‘powerfully entertaining’ (Chortle.co.uk) show about the stars (in the sky), memories (in the mind) and my Nanna (in a home). Tour Support for Joe Lycett, Jason Manford and Nick Offerman. Sold out UK/Australian tour. Five-star Uber rating. As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Six million YouTube hits. ‘Unstoppable force’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A teenage Alan Bennett’ (Skinny). ‘Inspirational and moving’ ***** (ArtsAwardVoice.com). **** (Independent). **** (Sunday Times. **** Scotsman. **** (List).
Theatre (Drama, New Writing)
Winner of Les Enfants Terribles Greenwich Partnership Award 2017. 1934, Dustbowl America. Backstage at the travelling circus, we discover the complex relationship between one man and his performing chimpanzee. Marooned in a world she does not comprehend, Goody finds comfort with her only companion: her trainer Frances. How do they communicate? How do they cohabit? Who is in control? Lucy Roslyn's new play is a striking, darkly funny exploration of the extraordinary, heartbreaking world of performing apes and the humans who live with them, love them and break them.
Borders by Henry Naylor
Theatre (New Writing)
The Mediterranean, 2017, rough seas. An ageing fishing boat is sinking fast, under the weight of refugees. As it dips lower in the water, one young Syrian is panicking. She can't swim. And she's six months pregnant... Two-time Fringe First-winner Naylor's Echoes and Angel transferred off-Broadway and won 17 major international fringe awards. The Timeswrote: 'Naylor is emerging as one of our best new playwrights', and chose Angel as one of The Ten Best Plays of 2016. Directed by London Classic Theatre's Michael Cabot and featuring the 'astounding' (***** TheatreGuide.com.au) Avital Lvova.
The Death Hilarious: The Scum Always Rises
Comedy (Sketch Show)
Bible-black Welsh comedy duo do sketches. They're not a cult. They inhabit irregular folk: Creole exorcists, apelike weirdos, a homemade sex robot. But they're not a cult. Forget what you've heard on the news. Also, forget your family and friends. Don't think, honey. Thought is a bouncer stopping you from getting into the best nightclub ever: The Death Hilarious! Shed your thoughts, pay £1,000 deposit and come bask in their terrible majesty! 'Immersive and brilliant comedy... amongst the funniest double acts I've ever seen' (Bristol Post). As heard on BBC Radio 4.
Rhys Nicholson: I'm Fine
Comedy (Stand up)
Hey there. So, last year went pretty OK. People came to my show, reviews were good and it was nominated for a respected award. Why not come and watch me desperately try and back that up this year? C'mon. Why wouldn't you? Even if it's not good, hating on something is super fun. No refunds. 2016 Best Show nominee – Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 'So clearly match-fit. The most powerful he's ever been. He comes in peace and leaves you in pieces' ****½ (Herald Sun).
TUTU: Dance in All Its Glory
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (comedy)
The show is performed by six dancers: The TUTU men, polymorphous artists who struggle with many different interpretations, faces and styles. They want to entirely feel the freedom and universality of dance. With them, laughter becomes poetic, theatre emerges on stage and things come to life. Successively classical, contemporary, ballroom, sport, academic or acrobatic, the dance of the TUTU men is versatile, atypical, irreverent, gentle, fun and always artistic. TUTU shows dance in all its glory.
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
'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
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