SUNDAY 12th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Music (world music, traditional)
Tango-Korean music band, Gena Tango, presents a new look at tango through Korean eyes in a joyful musical experience that combines the urgent passion of Argentinian tango with traditional Korean instruments and music. The result is a fascinating fusion of Korean and Latin-American influences, creating an entirely new music genre that is both familiar and unfamiliar - bringing the variety of tone of the Korean music to the intoxicating rhythms of the tango. Gena Tango’s unique sound has seen them winning many awards and receiving critical acclaim. A celebration of world music at its very best.
Robin Morgan: Honeymoon
July: Robin gets married. Three days later: he goes away for a month, without his wife. Not exactly the ideal honeymoon, as is revealed in this follow up to the 2016 sell-out debut from The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) writer, warm-up for The Graham Norton Show and tour support for Ellie Taylor. As seen on BBC Three. **** (Sunday Times). 'A phenomenal comic. Utterly hilarious' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Intelligent and hilarious. I highly recommend' (Joe Lycett).
Theatre (new writing, drama)
A dying father. Two estranged sisters reunite after 20 years. One night to bury the hatchet. In an airless room over a single night, they talk it out. When the only thing they have left in common disappears, is their relationship worth saving? Written by Max Dickins (The Man on the Moor and The Trunk), this gripping story of sibling rivalry examines the meaning of family. How can you forgive the past when you can’t even agree on what it looks like? 'Expertly told' **** (Times). 'Finely crafted. Recommended' (Guardian).
Theatre (cabaret, new writing)
The infamous international shapeshifter Frau Welt tells her story for the first and last time in this genre-busting new play by Peter Clements and Oliver Dawe. From Weimar Berlin to Broadway stardom, her secret is finally exposed. Frau Welt is a play about the outsider and the consequences of a life excluded, examining the masks we wear in our search for acceptance and belonging. Unique in form, this one-(wo)man play places the traditions and tropes of drag cabaret straight into the heart of a narrative-led drama. 'Darkly funny and touchingly sympathetic… unique!' ***** (QX Magazine).
Comedy (physical theatre, family)
The shut-up comedy! One of the few acts that can truly claim to be a global sensation are back with a show packed full of their very best world-conquering, fast-paced comedy. Since storming the Fringe in the noughties, Gamarjobat have performed in over 36 countries, from Broadway to China, and have racked up over 50 million views on YouTube. Stars of ITV's Tonight at the London Palladium, Jason Manford's Comedy Rocks and two-time winners of BBC's BAFTA award-winning The Slammer. 'Cartoon characters come to life' (New York Times). 'A cross between Laurel & Hardy and madness' (Times).
Brennan Reece: Evermore
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
After the sold-out success of Everglow and Everlong, English Comedian of the Year winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and voice of ITV's Survival of the Fittest is back with a lovely story from a loveable boy about loving things. Lovely. 'Unmistakable influences of Daniel Kitson' (Fest). 'A teenage Alan Bennett' (Skinny). 'Very polite passenger' (Uber). ***** (VoiceMag.uk, Define Arts, Glitterati, TheWeeReview.com). **** (Independent, Scotsman, Sunday Times, Herald, Chortle.co.uk, Evening Standard). Over six million YouTube hits. As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Rob Brydon, Joe Lycett, Jason Manford and Nick Offerman tour support.
The Mould That Changed the World
Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, performance art)
Alexander Fleming's death-defying, worldly wonder antibiotic drugs have saved us for the last 90 years. But with bacterial resistance growing, doomsday approaches. What better way to fight back than with a musical of epic proportions? Join us for this brand-new musical about the threat of antibiotic resistance. At times comedic and at times threatening an all-too-possible dystopian nightmare, this show is suitable for adults and families alike.
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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