FRIDAY 16th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Young Elvis: He's Back
Following two triumphant sell-out years at the Fringe, the extraordinary Oliver Harris returns as the young and beautiful Elvis Presley. Receiving rave reviews, Oliver was voted as one of the top 10 shows to see on the Fringe by The Scotsman. A new programme of great Elvis Presley songs. So join us on the journey from The Wonder of You to American Trilogy. Be sure to get there early for this unmissable show.
Kit and McConnel
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, music)
In their fabulous, elegantly refurbished and dead-central venue, clutching a stack of freshly minted songs and sketches, cabaret veterans Kit Hesketh Harvey and James McConnel return to the festival with their usual witty and sophisticated up-to-the-minute examination of almost everything – from Putin to Pampers, Macron to mackerel – and with only the vaguest of nods to good taste and propriety. ‘Achingly funny’ (Times). ‘Cabaret geniuses at the top of their game’ (Cabaret Scenes).
2019: ★★★★ The Herald
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus)
Circus for grown ups: a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and twisted burlesque. Weeklies winner Best Circus Adelaide Fringe 2018 and Fringeworld 2019. 'The performance is so high energy, so passionate and executed with such abandon that it can't help but leave you feeling elated and empowered... if you aren't turned on by this you might want to consult a physician, because you're probably clinically dead' (SmutButtons.com).
2019: ★★★★ Broadway Baby
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (theatre, acrobatics)
Casus Circus bring you their biggest show yet! An enthralling ballet of acrobatics from the team that brought you Knee Deep, Driftwood and You & I. Through the language of physical theatre the acrobats take us through their own stories – one is crushed by a constant need for control, another must move through cultural genocide. The tangled web of a depressed mind, the self-recrimination that inflicts a queer man in a homophobic world. Tied together with extraordinary skill and risk. There is no escaping our DNA. There is not one, like any other.
2019: ★★★★ The List, ★★★★ The Skinny, ★★★★ Three Weeks, ★★★★ Miro Magazine
Theatre (new writing, solo show)
Archaeologist Nuala unearths a skeleton and her ordered life starts to unravel. Digging into the mystery of the bones, can she handle the chaos of what she discovers? Based on personal experience, this is an uplifting and compelling story about OCD, dungarees and being weird but not a weirdo. 'Shockingly real... fresh and funny' **** (BroadwayWorld.com). 'Comic, deep, clever and insightful' **** (NorthWestEnd.co.uk). 'Genuine and original' **** (WithinHerWords.co.uk).
2019: ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine, ★★★★★ The Feminist Fringe
Tom Stade: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
All new material from prolific Canadian superstar. The kids have moved out and it's the dawn of a new era! Tom's embracing change with his usual spirit and vigour; he can draw lessons from the past but he'll be damned if he lives in it. What's coming is way better than what has gone! 30 years on the comedy frontline and this comedy legend remains as engaging and innovative as ever. 'Swagger of a rock star, charisma of a talk show host. Hilarious. See for yourself before the secret gets out' (Warrington Guardian).
1890-1930: Uncrowned Queens of Blues, Hot Jazz and Hokum from The Red Hot Rhythm Makers
Music (blues, jazz)
From their critically acclaimed show Six Gals Named Smith, the six women of the RHRM present songs and fun chat on original jazz and blues queens. Music from these forgotten early years was daring and extraordinary and the women who sang were even more so! 'Best band I've seen, every member brings unique talent – the result is the sound of pure joy!' ***** (Prof Elemental). With three time award-winning/nominee vocalist Ali Affleck. Rich harmonies, cheeky hokum and wild fun. 'Real deal' (Clive Anderson).
2019: ★★★★★ Deadline
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)