SUNDAY 13th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Adriano Cappelletta: This Boy's in Love
Cabaret and Variety
It's time to paint the rainbow and unleash the world's first one-man gay rom-com cabaret! Hilarious and heartfelt songs meet physical comedy and candid storytelling in one man's final shot at finding love. Nominated for Best Cabaret at Fringe World Perth 2016 and Adelaide Fringe 2017.
Rachel Parris: Keynote
Rachel (Austentatious, The IT Crowd, Murder in Successville) has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really? Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds. 'Endearingly frank and funny... tears of laughter' (Guardian). 'An uplifting, life-affirming hour' (List). 'Brutally funny' (Skinny).
‘If you love someone you stick by them, no matter what happens. Because that’s the deal. Isn’t it?’ 50-somethings Rob and Cathy are reclaiming their own lives now that daughter Nicola is grown-up and settled; but looming over them is a threat that could rip their future apart. Descent explores what happens as they fight with courage, hope and humanity to hold on to each other – and themselves – in the face of early onset dementia. Nominated Best New Play, CATS Awards 2016 ‘Powerful and heart-breaking’ ****(Scotsman). ‘Touchingly perceptive’ ****(Herald). ‘Captivating’ ****(List). ‘A must-see!’ *****(MumbleTheatre.net).
6 x 6 x 6
In their 12th year, Comedians' Theatre Company has become synonymous with exciting new writing and pushing comedians' performance boundaries by casting them in works of theatre. Watch six different brand-new 20 minute long theatrical duologues on the theme Together? Asunder. Written by six comedians and performed by six different comedians. Fans of the company's new writing workshop showcase Itch: A Scratch Event will know that they present an enticing mixture of surreal, sensitive and innovative shorts. This is a must-see event. No dice! Curated by Maggie Inchley and Phil Nichol.
Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring BAFTA award-winning actress Monica Dolan (W1A, Appropriate Adult, The Witness For The Prosecution), explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants. A searing exploration of the pornification of our culture and the sexualisation of our children. Directed by John Hoggarth. 'Dolan is about the best actor on TV at the moment' (Guardian). 'A fantastic actress' (Telegraph). 'Superb performance' (Independent).
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).
The Choir of Man
From the creators of Gobsmacked! and Soweto Gospel Choir comes the Choir of Man – the all singing, all stomping, all drinking, all night party. Your landlords for the evening are nine outstanding singers, dancers and musicians who will invite the audience to drink, sing and party with them on this non-stop rollercoaster ride of a show! Covering pub classics, folk, rock, choral and opera, no style of music is out of bounds for these blokes. Come thirsty and ready to sing along!
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)