SATURDAY 4th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, family)
Warning: this show contains ninjas, not magic. Back by popular demand, Card Ninja is a riotous display of comedy and card stunts using playing cards as ninja weapons. Expect deadly and risky fun. Suitable for ages 10+. ***** (Perth Happenings). ***** (Glam Adelaide).
Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage
Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers, musical comedy duo and sisters Flo & Joan return to Edinburgh with a new hour of their dark and witty songs. ‘These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next' **** (Telegraph). 'Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes' (Evening Standard). Winner - Best Musical Act (Leicester Comedy Festival 2018). Winner - Best Music and Variety Act (Chortle Awards 2018).
Justn Moorhouse: Northern Joker
The self-confessed shameless northern joker is back. Justin's no-nonsense, laugh-out-loud comedy returns to the Fringe for the umpteenth time. Life's tough. His kids don't need him, the dog is getting old and he's retreated back to his youth by hiding under the covers and... getting his comics out. Expect tales of naivety, fish platters, mums break-dancing outside Lidl and his theory of what is the gateway to the netherworld. Contains joy, puffins, bad decisions, effluent pipes and geriatric dressing up. 'Charms the pants off the crowd' (Sunday Times). 'Belly laugh funny' (Manchester Evening News).
And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You
Theatre (solo show, contemporary)
Pip Utton, one of the world's foremost solo performers (Adolf, Churchill, Chaplin, Playing Maggie) returns to the Fringe with his moving and affectionate performance about the devastating effects of Alzheimer's. Pip is famed for his skill in breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to an audience, involving them in the emotions of his performance. Based on his personal experience of seeing his mother deteriorate and die with Alzheimer's and on intensive research, Pip's character takes the audience with him on a journey full of smiles, laughter, respect and tears.
Di & Viv & Rose (In an Hour) by Amelia Bullmore
Theatre (contemporary, dance)
’Have you just got exactly what you wanted by working hard and wanting it?’ A courageous look at the enduring bond of friendship. Together three women rollercoaster their way through life, encountering sex, loss and all kinds of love. Following a sell-out run in London, Handmade Theatre's new condensed version of Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose (in an hour) is their Edinburgh debut. ‘The play has a careering energy… impossible not to like’ (Michael Billington). We defy you not to call your best friend when you leave.
Colin Cloud: Psycho(Logical)
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, magic)
Cloud's astounding deductions and outrageous stunts have stunned audiences worldwide. Psycho(logical) is a thrill ride where your thoughts and imaginations will guide and mislead you before ultimately revealing the truth. You may find the answers to what you're looking for - if you can deal with the shock. For better or worse, you'll be altered forever. You have been warned. Total Fringe sell-out 2014-2017. ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). ***** (Daily Record). Star of The Illusionists (Broadway and West End). As seen on Royal Variety Performance 2017 and Michael McIntyre's Big Show (BBC One).
Music (acoustic, international)
Herald Angel winners on their 2017 Fringe debut, Misha Rachlevsky and his 14-strong Gang (Russian String Orchestra) return to Edinburgh with a completely new set of powerful music programmes. Embracing several different themes (such as adversaries and soul mates, fountain of youth, viva recycling!, lands of Pushkin and Burns), yet all performed in a wonderfully intimate setting with the energy and passion that sets the orchestra apart. This is classical music with a twist: vibrant and exciting, emotional and beautiful, traditional yet still surprising. 'Unmissable musical highlight of the Fringe' ***** (Herald). 'An unashamed crowd pleaser!' ***** (ThreeWeeks).
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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4th-26th Aug 2018
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