TUESDAY 15th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Pippa Evans: Joy Provision!
Comedy (cabaret, stand-up)
What is going on? America is being run by a stroppy, orange teenager, new wars are starting every day and now the courgettes are running out. All's not lost though. Olivier (Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) and Chortle Award winner Pippa returns with a new show less about how love will tear us apart and more about how the little things might keep us together. Have your joy levels optimised by the known pleasures of ‘a comic genius’ (Telegraph) and Radio 4 regular. As seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave).
Mike Bubbins: Retrosexual Male
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Tweets? Likes? Swipes? That’s not progress. Mike’s old school. A man’s man. A woman’s man. A retrosexual; retro music, retro TV, retro cars, retro fashion, retro moustaches. Mike proudly lives in the past, despite his wife, children, friends, and everybody else he knows, living in the present. Why? It’s better. Why? Stop asking questions, ditch the tech and find out for yourself. It’s time to get real again, people. Time to embrace your retrosexuality.
Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan: Different Party
Theatre (comedy, physical theatre)
For blurb, please call Rucks's Leather Interiors on 01395 328 437. 'The performance is perfect... strange slapstick joy. You’ll see nothing quite like this at the festival' (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk). 'Different Party is difficult to describe in a way that makes any sense' **** (West Australian). 'The actors seem to share some kindred dysfunction in relation to normality; they are of one and the same deranged mind' (ArtsReview.com). 'These physical comedians from New Zealand have made a show that is funny for just being funny' ****½ (Australia Times).
Ever been put in a socially [un]acceptable situation? Ever felt guilty about not having sex with someone? You're not alone. This raw stage performance details one woman’s experience of sexual assault through a series of vignettes. Unapologetically honest and confronting, this piece will challenge and inspire audiences. Let’s #changethenarrative. https://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/813262-socially-unacceptable/
The Gun Show
Theatre (contemporary, international)
From a farming community in rural Oregon, where everyone has guns, to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright E M Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in The Gun Show. Former Broadway actor Vin Shambry shares Ms Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, The Gun Show jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks 'can we have a conversation about this?'
Peter & Bambi Heaven: When Love Becomes Magic
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, magic)
'Love is a battlefield' (Pat Benatar). Australia's best high energy dancing magicians, Peter & Bambi Heaven are back, spraying love and magic on everything and everyone they touch. ‘The laughter was deafening’ **** (Advertiser, Adelaide). ‘Seeing this show is like accelerating at full speed with the roof down’ **** (List). ‘You should probably see this pair before they're playing much bigger venues’ **** (Herald). Golden Gibbo Award nominee, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2016. Arts Editors’ Choice nominee, Perth Fringe 2016.
The Magnets: Naked 80s
Music (a cappella)
The ultimate 80s mixtape, entirely a cappella! Vocal harmony supergroup The Magnets strip away the synths to honour the decade of big snares and bigger hair, with their voices alone. 'All thriller, no filler' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). Pitch Perfect with shoulder pads, this fast-paced, shape-shifting nostalgia-fest motors from Madonna to Madchester and New Romantics to NKOTB as The Magnets revisit the music that inspired them. Expect gobsmacking beatboxing, vocal gymnastics and heaven-sent harmonies demonstrating the sheer versatility of a cappella, effortlessly switching scene with inventive choreography and lashings of audience engaging charm. Not to be missed!
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.
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