THURSDAY 10th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
'I've never raced. I'm too jiggly to be here.' Daisy's swimming the relay, but her legs still jiggle... and her front crawl is 'a bit f*cking feminine'. She shouldn't be here. Written and performed by the acclaimed Sarah Milton, Tumble Tuck explores what it means to be successful in a world where medals matter. 'When I swim, it all goes away.' Tumble Tuck was first presented by the Old Vic New Voices and then The Soho Theatre in Autumn 2016. Produced by BackHere! Theatre and directed by Tom Wright with original music composed by Harry Blake. @TumbleTuckPlay
Wish big, wish high, but be careful what you wish for. That's what marriage and kids have taught Sindhu Vee (Live from the BBC, BBC Radio, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled).The BBC New Comedy Award finalist talks about power struggles, Vikings, mothering, Wall Street, benign dictatorship – the key building blocks of family life – and why love isn’t always enough but sometimes it is. Oh, and a story about “going a little bit” to prison. 'Excellent' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Priceless' (Chortle.co.uk).
The Man on the Moor
On 12th December 2015, the body of a man was found dead on Saddleworth Moor. Train tickets showed he'd travelled 200 miles from south-west London, apparently just to die. Despite a national media campaign, he remained unidentified. This is the story of what happened next. Written and performed by Max Dickins of last year's critical smash-hit The Trunk, this one-man play looks at how people come to disappear and the impact on those they leave behind. 'A beautifully crafted story... told with subtlety and compassion through all its twists and turns' **** (Scotsman).
Pain! Shame! Confusion! Or... empowering freedom and a massive relief? Strong opinions on abortion legislation are voiced on a daily basis; Mission Abort crushes taboos by exploring a woman's perspective on the actual experience – from discovering she is pregnant, to making the decision, following it through and getting on with life afterwards. This explosive one-woman play invites the audience along for a laugh-cry rollercoaster ride – featuring questionable life-modelling skills, the looming voice of Donald Trump and leg-dancing to Kate Bush. Asking the big question: how can a choice that is so right be so hard?
A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)
Theatre (new writing, musical theatre)
A fun, silly and sad show for anyone whose brain isn't always on their side. Sally's a happy person. She doesn't let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she's got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn't the person she wants to be... But she doesn't want anyone to know about it. Written by Jon Brittain (Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky and Mannish), the show mixes storytelling, live music and sketch comedy. 'Suddenly grips your heart' (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).
Mikelangelo: Cave – Waits – Cohen
Acclaimed crooner Mikelangelo (Black Sea Gentlemen, La Clique) takes on three great poets of rock'n'roll: Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, in a show filled with beauty, power and humour. From the Sydney Opera House to London's West End, Mikelangelo is one of Australia's rising stars. Cave, Waits and Cohen stole his heart and soul as a young man, and now he delivers a stirring homage to these men who set him on his musical path. This is a triumphant solo show from an immense talent. 'Divine!' ***** (Scotsman). 'Spine tingling.. commanding' (Mercury).
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, theatre)
The new, thrilling and heart-stopping performance from the internationally acclaimed Circa (Closer, Beyond, Wunderkammer). Humans is an ecstatic love letter to our endangered species. Created by Yaron Lifschitz and fresh from a storming season at Sydney Festival, ten acrobats go faster, harder and higher than ever before, taking us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are. ‘The five-star favourite… a clear demonstration of the artistry of circus’ (Guardian). ‘The rock stars of the circus world’ ***** (List).
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)