SUNDAY 20th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Robert White: InstruMENTAL
Comedy (light opera, lgbt)
Malcolm Hardee Award-winning, gay, autistic comedian adopts a new stance. For the first time combining his musical composition talents with his well-honed comedy chops, Robert presents a fully orchestrated comedy opera of unbelievable, but true, misadventures and misfortune. An untold story: a Stephen Fry-type coming-of-age tale of a confused homosexual's abusive beard situation generates autistic freak-out enabling seriously daft criminal conviction. A bonkers yarn presented with a Mozart spirit and some wrong notes. ‘Pitch-perfect delivery... Just brilliant' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Robert White tries hard - and spectacularly succeeds' **** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Jaw-dropping riot’ **** (List). 'Brilliant' (Attitude).
Tez Ilyas: Teztify
Tez Ilyas feels like he's constantly on trial. It's time to teztify against all the assumptions the world has of him. Armed with his trademark cheek and uncompromising approach, don't miss this slick, smart and typically subversive show. Star of BBC Radio 4's TEZ Talks, BBC Two's Live from the BBC and BBC Three's Man Like Mobeen. ‘Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up’ (Guardian). ‘Radiantly entertaining’ **** (Times). ‘A vital discussion of some of the most difficult issues facing this country’ **** (Telegraph).
Theatre (drama, new writing)
What's your life worth? In a horribly plausible near future, a government obsessed with capping the spiralling pensions deficit has come up with a price. They've even hired one of those arms-length organisations they get to do their dirty work to sell it. In their sights are people like Alan McDonald who have reached their average life expectancy. But Alan is having none of it. Part Swiftian satire, part intimate reflection on what it's like to grow old, Robert Dawson Scott's timely new play asks troubling questions about high-pressure sales techniques, self-worth and the dark side of family love.
Diane Chorley: Rhythm of Live
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, music)
Fallen 80s icon Diane Chorley and genius multi-instrumentalist Milky Bar Chris De Burgh perform from her seminal 1986 album. An honest, funny, moving account of one woman's struggle for creativity whilst battling prejudice and a life-threatening addiction to Calpol. 'She's alluring, exciting, unique' (Times). 'There'll be comedy, hair, music... a whole load of fun' (Metro). 'She had the audience on their feet' **** (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Hugely entertaining' (Scotsman). **** (Evening Standard).
The Establishment: Eton Mess
Comedy (clown, satire)
Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from energetic duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost. Two ultra-privileged British gents struggling to hold onto their whimsical world of cricket, tea and secret arms deals. 'Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that be, building on Peter Cook, the Pythons and The Fast Show... You can imagine this going down very well indeed at the Palladium or the BBC' **** (Stage). 'They don't miss a beat' **** (Skinny). 'One of the best shows I've seen' ***** (MumbleComedy.net). NATY New Act of the Year finalists 2017.
Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Back due to popular demand! Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. This show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes, but also fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too. Regular on Mock The Week and double Sony Award-winner. 'An endless flow of top quality jokes' (Guardian). 'One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in one hour than many comics have in their entire careers... Quite brilliant' (Scotsman). 'A master craftsman' (Times).
Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues
Music (blues, storytelling)
Led by superb vocalist Nicole Smit, Queens of the Blues presents a musical celebration of the women who have shaped blues and popular music as we know it, and have gone largely unrecognised for their influence and talent, until now. Following a successful debut in the 2016 Fringe, the show features a seven-piece line-up of award-winning band The Blueswater. **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Well researched and enthusiastically delivered’ (Herald).
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)