TUESDAY 22nd AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
The Remains of Tom Lehrer
Cabaret and Variety (satire, music)
Following sell-out shows in London's West End and at Fringe 2016, award-winning musical comedian Adam Kay presents his take on the legendary songbook of Tom Lehrer. Lehrer's satirical songs have delighted and horrified audiences for decades, including Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, The Masochism Tango and The Elements. Classics are revisited from a contemporary perspective, as well as unearthing songs never before performed. Kay writes comedy for the BBC and Channel 4, and is a regular on The Now Show. 'Inspired updates to classic material' **** (Times). 'Blissfully brilliant' ***** (DailyMail.co.uk).
Tudur Owen: Normal Wear and Tear
BAFTA Wales-winning comedian Tudur was born in 1967. He is now firmly in the second half of his life, he might even be in the last quarter, for all he knows the next show could be his last. So he’s going to make the most of it. Celebrate his 50th year on the planet with Tudur as he returns to the Fringe with a joyous hour of stand-up comedy. ‘Riotously funny’ **** (TheReviewsHub.com). 'Great material, great variety, very funny and very Welsh' (BBC Wales). As heard on BBC Radio 4.
Patti Plinko – Dreadful Little Girl
Music (cabaret, jazz)
Patti Plinko returns with her dark and erotic songs inspired from Virginia Woolf, Joan of Arc to the whore houses of Paris. Mesmerising vocals, drunken fiddles and jumping guitars make for an exhilarating show. Accompanied on guitar by Joseph Warwick and her top-class musicians. 'Sheer brilliance!' (Time Out).
A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built
Theatre (historical, solo show)
Dominic Allen (Belt Up Theatre’s Outland) brings Thomas Paine back from the dead to tell his incredible story: the pirate who invented America; the corsetmaker that inspired the French Revolution; the ordinary man who built an extraordinary bridge. This gripping solo show takes you from Norfolk Street to American battlefield, from ship to shore, in a whirlwind historical adventure. ‘Always sheer joy to watch Allen perform’ (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Thrillingly evokes an era of men in breeches… of the masses overthrowing their rulers’ (Scotsman). ‘Inspirational’ (Stage). ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (BritishTheatreGuide.com).
Buzz: A New Musical
Musicals and Opera (theatre, comedy)
Winner of the 2016 Eddies Award, the sell-out hit Buzz returns; a hilarious musical journey through the history of the vibrator and a brutally honest story of a singleton's quest to fall back in love with herself. Sex ed just got a revamp. 'You should sell your own Grandma to get tickets' ***** (TheatreBubble.com). 'The musical – and much funnier – sister of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues' ***** (MusicalTheatreReview.com). 'Witty, intelligent and empowering' ***** (EdFringeReview.co.uk). 'A company to watch' ***** (LondonTheatre1.com). 'An absolute triumph' ***** (HisKind Magazine). ***** (LastMinuteTheatreTickets.com). ***** (NorthWestEnd.co.uk).
Marcel Lucont's Whine List
The Fringe's favourite flâneur returns, as always 'excellently dry' (Times) and 'fresh, accessible and hilarious' (Guardian), with another serving of his international hit show. A kind of group therapy where everyone potentially leaves more depressed. Expect louche musings, deadpan wit and Gallic superiority. Winner: Chortle Award 2015. Winner: Best Comedy, Fringe World 2013. As seen on The John Bishop Show, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and Sky Atlantic's Set List. 'Who can resist Marcel Lucont?... pulling clever punchlines out of every interaction with his audience... Sometimes, arrogance is bliss' **** (Scotsman). 'Perfect' ***** (ThreeWeeks).
Monkey Dance: The Rockappella Musical!
Musical physical theatre
Music, a cappella, beatboxing and martial arts combine in a fusion of exhilarating musical physical enjoyment for all the family. Let us excite your eyes and ears with amazing movement and music. Comic, touching, exhilarating, and complete with dazzling dance and the cutest monkey ever seen. Stunning five-part a cappella harmonies will please your ears; the dynamic movement of the performers is a feast for the eyes; and the story of a monkey’s nature will touch your heart. An entirely new style of performance, direct from Korea! http://www.monkeydancekr.com/
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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"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent"
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