FRIDAY 9th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Cello on Fire
Music (classical, contemporary)
Celebrated Viennese cellist Peter Hudler returns to the Fringe with his brand-new show. A burning mix of styles: from baroque to rock, folk to jazz – a virtuoso, passionate, poetic and colourful musical journey you can’t miss. Cello on Fire connects seemingly disparate genres and builds bridges between these different musical worlds. Pieces written by renowned cross over and jazz composers go together with Baroque gems or just a simple folk tune and provide a stunning musical experience. 'Beautifully wistful' **** (Scotsman). 'His wonderful playing blurred the boundaries between genres and instruments' **** (ThreeWeeks).
Rich Wilson: Death Becomes Him
'Woke, feminist, geezer' (List). Best International Act 2018, NZ Comedy Festival. We’re sorry to announce that award-winning stand up comedian, father, bus driver, gay sauna worker and beloved 'Pudding', Rich Wilson has died; but that’s only the beginning. Whilst in purgatory, Rich will dissect his earthly behaviour to find out if he deserves to go to Heaven or Hell. As seen on BBC Three and host of wildly popular men's mental health podcast, Insane In The Men Brain.
Isma Almas: About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption
Isma is British multiculturalism at its best. In About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption, her preconception-shattering, down-to-earth and engaging style, explores transracial adoption, gender, religion, sexuality, race, one homophobic Muslim mother and Freddie Mercury. As seen on BBC Asian Network Comedy and BBC Two's The Big Asian Stand-Up. ‘A one-woman antidote to Islamophobia' (Leeds Guide). ‘A natural at teasing out the underlying humour from real-life stories’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘One of the most original and charming circuit comedians’ (BroadwayBaby.com).
Only Bones 1.0 – Thom Monckton
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (clown, physical theatre)
On a tiny set lit by a single bulb, endless possibilities are illuminated. Wordlessly using body manipulation, dance, circus and clownery, Only Bones' quirky low- tech aesthetic strips the stage down to one performer, one technician, one light, no text and a stage area of little more than 1m2. With head juggling and jellyfish this is a hypnotic show about a lot, using very little. NZ Fringe award winner in physical theatre, 2015. ‘A glorious salute to one man's remarkable physicality’ ***** (Herald). ‘Mind-blowing’ ***** (AcrosstheArts.co.uk). ‘...extraordinary inventiveness created by a limitless imagination’ (Theatreview.org.nz).
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, performance art)
One white room. Four white walls. Eight fiery circus performers. Machine de Cirque's UK debut is a gallery like no other – step in and experience incredible skill and artistry – leaving the space only once completely transformed. After the international success of its namesake show, Quebec's world-class performers will immerse you in a fleeting canvas, acrobatic feats and live music – a huge spectacle of drama, acrobatics and paint from a first-class circus ensemble. 'Rarely is there an ensemble that can so stunningly nod to tradition, before blowing it off for something more inventive' (New Haven Independent).
Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Star of Live at the Apollo, Laura Lexx is a 'bouncy, bubbly stand up star' (Telegraph) shining a hilarious light on how hard it is to be a good person these days. Can you change the world without offending anyone? Her sell-out 2018 show Trying was 'a masterpiece' ***** (VoiceMag.uk) and earned her a prestigious Comedian's Choice Award. Now, Lexx takes on society's big issues... but come for jokes, not answers. It's sure to be 'stomach-achingly funny' **** (Entertainment-Focus.com) and 'another skilfully-constructed hour from an underrated performer' **** (Fest). Early booking recommended.
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (contemporary, international)
Company 2 brought you the smash hit Cantina followed by Scotch and Soda, and now they're back with their latest and greatest work Le Coup. Place yourself in the world's last travelling boxing tent for some hard-hitting acrobatics and aerial feats where you have nothing to lose and everything to gamble.
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.
Pleasance One photos
'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
3rd-25th Aug 2019
(not 15th, 22nd)