FRIDAY 17th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Dietrich: Natural Duty
An intoxicating one-(wo)man cabaret show. 1942, on the battlefields of North Africa, in a gold sequin gown, Marlene Dietrich takes the stage to fight the war her way, with an irresistible mix of songs, sequins, sex and sympathy. 'An absolute tour de force, breathtaking' ***** (TheGayUK.com). 'Exudes class and excellence, it's funny, charming - not to be missed!' ***** (BroadwayWorld.com). 'Not to be missed!' ***** (TheSpyInStalls.com). 'Peter Groom's respectful and deferential re-creation can't be faulted - don't miss it!' ***** (MusicalTheatreReview.com). 'Poignant and provocative, this show oozes passion' ***** (LondonTheatre1.com).
Chris Washington: You Beauty!
Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee, Chris Washington debuts his brand-new show about the best year of his life! Including receiving the prestigious 10 years service tie pin from Royal Mail and the series of 'You Beauty!' moments that followed. A feel-good underdog story about a Wigan postman who used all his annual leave to take a show to the world's biggest arts festival and got five numbers and the bonus ball on the comedy lottery. As seen on Live from the BBC. Jason Manford tour support. 'A revelation' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Funny, relatable and heart-warming' (BroadwayBaby.com).
That Daring Australian Girl
Theatre (solo show, historical)
The women of England demand the vote! The remarkable true story of Muriel Matters: the South-Australian actress and elocutionist who became a leading figure of the UK's suffragette movement and the foremost woman orator in Britain. Written and performed by Joanne Hartstone (The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign). Winner: Best Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2018. 'Heroic' ***** (Sunday Mail). 'Vivacious' ***** (Advertiser). 'A winning tribute' ***** (DailyReview.com.au). 'Awe-inspiring' ***** (Tulpa Magazine). 'Exhilarating' ***** (TheBarefootReview.com.au). 'A tour de force' ****½ (TheClothesline.com.au). 'Faultless' **** (TheatreGuide.com.au). 'A triumph' (StageWhispers.com.au).
Theatre (comedy, new writing)
From the writers of Birds of a Feather, Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks, Early Birds tells the incredible yet true story of the birth of one of the nation’s favourite situation comedies. It starts with a chance encounter in a West End hotel, and ends with a show considered so saucy it was nearly cancelled two weeks into its run, yet is about to enter its thirtieth year as a TV comedy classic.
Theatre (storytelling, new writing)
My best friends, Sarah and Emma, asked me for my sperm. This is the tale of what happened after I gave it to them. A storytelling show about love, faith and trying to do the right thing. Made with Daniel Goldman and set in the same universe as Team Viking and A Hundred Different Words for Love. 'Joyous - heart-lifting and incredibly moving' ***** (Stage). 'A master storyteller' **** (WhatsOnStage.com). 'Charming, hirsute, pot bellied' (Times).
Ivo Graham: Motion Sickness
A feisty new hour about facing the future named after my fourth favourite Hot Chip song (and a beaut by Phoebe Bridgers). As seen/heard on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Live from the BBC, Jon Richardson's Ultimate Worrier, Fighting Talk, The Now Show, It's Not What You Know and eating Subway sandwiches in petrol stations. 'Endlessly amusing hour from the politest man in comedy' **** (iNews.co.uk). 'Not an ounce of flab on his routines... a joy' **** (Telegraph). 'A self-deprecating dweeb par excellence, on the brink of comedy's Premier League' **** (Evening Standard).
Choir of Man
Music (theatre, folk)
The Choir of Man was the runway hit and 'the ultimate feel-good show of 2017 Fringe' ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). A night of unadulterated entertainment that combines high-energy dance, live music and foot-stomping choreography with the incredible talent of nine ordinary guys who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock. Not only is the concert set in a pub, but it has a real working bar from which the cast will pull pints and invite audience members to get up close and personal with the show. Come ready to drink in the music!
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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