SUNDAY 26th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Theatre (music, comedy)
Bowjangles are a string quartet who can really play. They dance whilst they play. They sing whilst they play. They leap, tumble, juggle and joke whilst they play. In this new show marking their 10 year anniversary, Bowjangles tell the somewhat ludicrous story of their journey to find the most priceless relic of all - a mysterious violin bow known as Excalibow. You'll love Bowjangles' inimitable and unique style, full of laughs, boundless energy, and almost every musical genre you can imagine. Warning: may contain traces of ABBA. 'Funny... genius... utterly inspired' (Dillie Keane). 'Superb' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).
Jim Tavaré: From Deadpan to Bedpan
In 2017 comedian Jim Tavaré (BAFTA Award-winner, Harry Potter actor and double bassist) was involved in a near fatal head-on automobile collision in Los Angeles. Returning to the Fringe for the first time in 20 years, he tells the story of how a quick trip to the shops changed his life forever. One comedian, one dog and a DIY disaster. 'One of the funniest and most original performers around.' (Independent). 'Fresh, funny and imaginative.' (Guardian). 'As dry as a critic’s mouth in the morning' (List).
Theatre (physical theatre)
Inspired by the first man in America to plead insanity as his defence, award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts examine the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism. Throughout time and across waters, from William Freeman to Sarah Reed, six true stories are threaded together and told through physical theatre, spoken word, gospel singing, shadow puppetry and more. History is bound to repeat itself when the thumb is permanently bearing down on the loop button, so has anything really changed? 'The play capitalises on the company's impressive versatility and a searing rage against injustice' (WhatsOnLive.co.uk).
Ben Hart: The Nutshell
West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Total Fringe sell-out show 2014 and 2017. Best Magic Show, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards. 'Devilishly clever' **** (Scotsman). 'Mind-blowing... supreme master of the vanishing act. He really is a must see. Don't miss him' ***** (Advertiser). 'Makes sceptics become believers' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'I was left gobsmacked after every trick. Ben Hart will have you believing in magic' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). 'Utterly enchanting' **** (Daily Mail).
Fringe Wives Club: Glittery Clittery
Comedy (cabaret, theatre)
Winner: Best Cabaret, Adelaide Fringe 2018. Nominated: Best Newcomer, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017. 'A cult feminist disco not to miss' ***** (Fest). Named a Top Five Adelaide Fringe Show by the Guardian, this champagne-fuelled power trio are unleashing their debut with original songs, epic dance moves and an explosion of sequins! This ‘irresistibly energetic’ (Chortle.co.uk) extravaganza is fierce, feminist and furiously funny. Starring Victoria Falconer (Time Out London's Top 10 Cabaret Stars, EastEnd Cabaret), Tessa Waters (Winner: Best Comedy Weekly, Adelaide Fringe 2017) and Rowena Hutson (Winner: Best Comedy, Melbourne Fringe 2015).
Matt Forde: Brexit Through the Gift Shop
Comedy (stand-up, political)
The whole thing's a mess and only one person can sort it out. Sadly, we have no idea who. Join Britain's leading political comedian, Matt Forde, for his last show as an EU citizen. 'A hugely impressive hour of political comedy... it keeps hitting the spot' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe' (Telegraph). 'Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy's brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minute observations' (Mail on Sunday).
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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'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
4th-26th Aug 2018
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