TUESDAY 14th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Elvis: Still Young and Beautiful
Back in the building! Following his massive success at last year's Fringe, Oliver Harris again brings a new playlist of Elvis Presley's great songs. Voted one of the best 10 'shows to see' (Scotsman) at the 2017 Fringe. Oliver received rave audience reviews across the board and five stars from MusicalTheatreReview.com: 'Harris is incredible as the young Elvis'. Since last year Oliver has gone on to achieve international recognition. Be sure to buy seats on the PWYW scheme through the Fringe ticket office.
Dominic Frisby's Financial Game Show
Comedy (game show)
Start your night with a big fat prize in your pocket! Dominic Frisby, the world's only financial expert and comedian, is host and quizmaster in this classic game show full of fascinating financial facts. Contestants from the audience (willing volunteers only) can win big prizes including £500 cash - yes, there is £500 to be won every show - solid silver and bitcoin cash. From House Price Higher-Lower to high-pressure quiz questions with the jackpot at stake, this show is exciting, informative and funny; what’s not to like? 'Funny, absorbing... full of historic insights' (Spectator).
Synchronised Swimming - The Dry Version
Comedy (physical theatre, absurdist)
Infamous comedy duo Ursus and Nadeschkin have been dubbed the 'Swiss-German Marx Brothers' by Village Voice NYC. The pair fuses physical and verbal acrobatics at the speed of light. It's impossible to know what's rehearsed and what's improvised as this highly original couple tantalizingly plays to, against and beyond the audience's expectations. Their spontaneity has grown out of a long, intense partnership that combines intuition and experience into a firm confidence on stage. Their multi-faceted artistry, brimming with hilarious and touching moments, will leave you surprised and delighted by the spell they have woven.
That Woman! Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
Theatre (true-life, solo show)
She won a King's heart in the 40 year romance known around the world as The Love Story of the 20th century. In December 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated his throne for the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson. Despite being vilified by the Royal Family and branded as an "adventuress", the "King's whore" and worse, she became an unlikely but potent global symbol of female empowerment and a worldwide social icon. But even with all that has been written about her, Wallis remained an enigma. Until now.
Dad's Army Afternoon Tea Hour
Comedy (tasting, cabaret)
Two actors play 25 characters in this Edinburgh and London hit transplanted to a specially created 1940s-style venue unique to this show, celebrating the 50th birthday of Croft and Perry's quintessentially British sitcom. Enjoy two classic episodes and indulge in a delicious afternoon tea created by Prue Leith. Non-dining tickets also available. 'Pretty much perfect' (Times). 'Benson and Lane carry it all off beautifully' **** (Telegraph). 'Impersonations are peerless. Absolute treat from start to finish!' (Daily Mail). 'Utterly brilliant' (Barry Cryer). www.dadsarmyradiohour.com. Any dietary restrictions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with dates to confirm.
Pete Firman: Marvels
Comedy (magic, stand-up)
'The UK's leading comedy magician' (Time Out) returns to the Fringe with an astonishing new show. As seen on ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium, The Next Great Magician, BBC One's The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. Expect Pete's trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic. 'The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century' (Times). 'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic' (Telegraph). 'Seamless blending of quality magic and stand-up comedy. It is a joy to watch' (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'Breathtaking illusions' (List).
Vulvarine: A New Musical
Comedy (musical theatre, theatre)
From the creators of the sell-out hit Buzz: A New Musical. Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind-numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind. Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer and what is his evil plan? Grab your tights, your spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It's hero time.
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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