SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Music (world music)
A high-octane hour of drumming, singing, storytelling and dance. Los Angeles all-woman band Adaawe premiere their new show, bouncing hip multiculturalism off their own ethnic roots from Africa to the Middle East to Morocco to Panama to the USA. Inspired by, and dedicated to, the women of Ghana, West Africa, who gather under the full moon to tell stories of sorrow and joy. We Are shares stories of women of many cultures who have inspired, changed, and healed our world. Skin on skin. Wood on wood. Voices on air. The first heartbeat. Put your ear to the earth and listen!
Theatre (political, satire)
A new Tory PM must unite his party’s warring factions with his masterful plan for a final Brexit deal. Just... what was it again? Starring Timothy Bentinck (The Archers), Jo Caulfield, Hal Cruttenden, Pippa Evans and Mike McShane. A new satire by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, writers of previous Edinburgh hits Coalition: 'Real class' **** (Times), 'Slick and funny' **** (Scotsman); Making News: **** (Times), 'More punch than a Paxman interrogation' **** (ThreeWeeks); Kingmaker: 'Sharply satirical' **** (List), 'Hugely entertaining' **** (ThreeWeeks); and Impossible: 'Terrific' **** (Scotsman), 'A winner' ***** (Libby Purves, TheatreCat.com).
John Lenahan: Up Close
Cabaret and Variety (magic, comedy)
An evening of intimate magic (and comedy) with a master, in a late-night venue, restricted to a small audience - book early to avoid disappointment! John Lenahan has performed around the world as well as appearing in television shows for the BBC and ITV including: Stuff the White Rabbit, Secrets of Magic, Hoaxbusters and Red Dwarf. 'If there is a better sleight-of-hand merchant than this politely sardonic Philadelphian, I’ve yet to encounter them' (London Evening Standard). 'The mascot of a magical renaissance' (Guardian).
Christian Reilly: Gig Economy
Comedy (stand-up, music)
Perrier Award-winning musical stand-up takes an axe to austerity and liquidates laughter deficits. 'Blisteringly funny' (Stage). 'If you're a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you're a Christian Reilly fan already' (Guardian). 'Funniest songs I’ve heard in a long time' (Scotsman). 'Seriously funny' (Richard Herring). 'Like watching Jack Dee and Bill Bailey simultaneously... I don’t think I’ve ever come so close to hyperventilating with laughter' ***** (Student). 'Seriously catchy tunes... hysterical material' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'Amazingly high-quality' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Funny sonofabitch' (Rich Hall).
Maz and Bricks by Eva O'Connor
Theatre (spoken word, contemporary)
Triple Fringe First and Olivier Award-winning Fishamble present Maz and Bricks. It tells the story of two young people who meet over the course of a day in Dublin. Maz is an angry young woman planning to attend a political demonstration, while Bricks is planning to take his young daughter to the zoo. But nothing goes according to plan. Fishamble premiered the play in 2017 to great critical acclaim: 'marvellous theatre... perfect and unmissable’ (Sunday Independent); ‘original… inspired… really enjoyable’ (Sunday Business Post); ‘particularly timely… excruciatingly funny… powerful’ (Irish Independent).
Noel James: Lumbar Puncture
For over 20 years, Noel has performed comedy throughout the UK. He does it for a living and has performed at all the major clubs and festivals. Glastonbury, Reading, Edinburgh to name but three. Surreal, bizarre, absurd, intelligent, and yet, somehow strangely attractive. No, seriously he is a very accessible act who generally goes down well anywhere. Semi-finalist in this year's Britain's Got Talent.
Tori Scott Is #Thirsty
Comedy (music, international)
Celebrating poor life choices and an unconditional love of vodka, direct from New York City. This Garland for the Grindr era is 'a force to be reckoned with' (BroadwayWorld.com), desperate to escape Trumpland and be let loose on Scotland! Join Tori and her band The Shame Spirals on an audacious musical journey of slurred autobiographical stories and songs she stole from other people. Set to the music of Lady Gaga, Queen, Edith Piaf, Pink and more. You're in for 'an absolute thrill' (HuffingtonPost.com). 'Sheer delight... what a marvel' ***** (BritishTheatre.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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4th-26th Aug 2018
(not 16th, 23rd)
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