TUESDAY 21st AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
The Other Guys: A Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Music (musical theatre, pop)
Relive the magic of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in this remarkable tribute to the most successful band in music history. Featuring one of the best live bands at the Fringe, this is a night to remember. Charisma, choreography and classic hits, find out why these boys get standing ovations every night. Featuring their biggest hits including Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Can’t Take My Eyes off You, Beggin’ and Oh What a Night. Legendary vocals, sensational songs, electrifying performances from the UK’s number one tribute act.
Andrea Hubert: Holes of Joy
Comedy (storytelling, solo show)
Life is a heavy blanket of sadness and if you want joy, you've got to poke some holes. Yes, that's basic Buddhism, but let's let her think she invented it, okay? Join BAFTA prize-winning writer Andrea as she tries to make the world a better place. Not the whole world, of course. Just a tiny corner. Trigger warning to bee lovers, porn haters and people who feel weird when a Jew says the word 'Jew' - there'll be lots of that type of nonsense. ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).
The Vanishing Man
Theatre (magic, new writing)
'I've been able to work out, deconstruct and rebuild every trick I've ever seen. Except one.' Hugo Cedar was an Edwardian magician known as The Vanishing Man; he performed the perfect trick and then was never seen or heard of again. Director/performers Simon Evans and David Aula present a time-hopping, misdirection-busting, mind-bending examination of what really happens when a man in full view, simply ceases to be. So much more than a magic show, it is the story of a magic trick: the greatest one ever performed. 'Cheeky but unexpectedly moving... theatrical magic' **** (Guardian).
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (puppetry, physical theatre)
Paradiso is the magical place where old people turn back into babies. Here, death is not the end - it’s the beginning of the circle of life. Paradiso is a wordless physical piece presented by renowned Georgian puppetry company Our Theatre with great passion. A stunning production with creative use of puppetry and music, it tells a story of happiness and sorrow across whole lives in three old men's last days, with a fantastic cast who will move the audiences to laughter and tears.
The bad news is; we can all be done under the Public Mischief Act of 1872. The good news is; the posters are ready! Terry Johnson returns to the boards with his interrupted monologue KEN: a freewheeling reminiscence of his turbulent and inspiring relationship with the truly original and unclassifiable theatre maverick Ken Campbell. Aided and abetted by Jeremy Stockwell, Terry pays tribute to the legendary seeker, fearsome goader, and unique comedic thinker. For 90 intriguing, amusing, occasionally alarming minutes, audiences are invited to share Ken’s idiosyncratic perspective on life, and to muse on how one might live it.
Graham Fellows Completely Out of Character
Comedy (music, spoken word)
Graham Fellows has performed as the comic character John Shuttleworth for over 25 years on stage, TV and radio, delighting audiences throughout the UK with his songs and quirky take on everyday life. Now Graham, minus purple leather jacket and fawn slacks (but fully clothed), steps out from behind the keyboard to plug in his guitar and sing his own songs: revelatory, humorous, quirky and sometimes sad. Graham will naturally talk about Shuttleworth as well as his other comic characters, plus his "pivotal" acting role in Coronation Street and as pop star Jilted John.
Sven Ratzke: Homme Fatale
Cabaret and Variety (music, cabaret)
The supernova of international cabaret and festival favourite, Sven Ratzke returns to Edinburgh in a spectacular embodiment of all that is fatal, peculiar and enigmatic in a man's world. Armed only with his wit, his band, and the latest threads from Thierry Mugler, he discovers and uncovers the seducers and victims hiding amongst the pimps, lovers, angels and devils. Ratzke's masterful storytelling is eclipsed only by his sensational vocal performances, including works by Rufus Wainwright, Dez Mona, David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.
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
(not 16th, 23rd)
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