FRIDAY 23rd AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Aindrias de Staic; Shtax the LedgeHammer
Comedy (world music, storytelling)
Legendary performer and well-travelled fiddle player Aindrias de Staic (AKA Shtax) is back on the Fringe after winning a few awards seven years ago and being busy with TV and film. Born in Galway, Ireland, his rich'n'rare style of fiddle playing is as unique to the west of Ireland as his storytelling, antics and humour. A new generation of Irish storytellers. 'Exquisite, picaresque. Rarely has storytelling been so foot-tappingly funny' (Stage).
2019: ★★★★ The Scotsman
Jenny Collier: The Jen Commandments
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Multi award-winning Collier is back with her brand new stand-up show. 'Brilliant... Infectious to watch and a joy to behold’ **** (VoiceMag.uk). ‘Filth!’ (Rhod Gilbert). ‘Joyously liberating’ (List). 'Very funny' (Time Out). ‘Hilarious… An excellent comedic work... Unlike any other comedian’ ***** (EdFestMag.com). 'Everyone leaves wishing they were her friend' **** (VoiceMag.uk). 'Dryly innocent' ***** (EastLondonLines.com). 'Surprising edge' **** (ShortCom.co.uk). 'A brilliant show' **** (VoiceMag.uk).
'The alarm rings. You take a breath. Then it starts. Sitting at the back of the bus, skipping the lunch queue and skiving lessons'. At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different. Adapted from real-life testimonies, award-winning theatre company LUNG examine our failing care system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent.
2019: ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide, ★★★★★ one4review, ★★★★ The Scotsman, ★★★★ The List, ★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★ Fest, ★★★★ To Do List
The Establishment: Le Bureau de Strange
Comedy (sketch show, clown)
Expert stupidity from multi award-winning comedy duo, Dan Lees and Neil Frost. Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award winner (2019). 'Silliness as an art form' **** (Scotsman). 'A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy' **** (Edinburgh Festival Magazine). 'The Establishment have an unrivalled charm' **** (Fest). 'You can imagine this going down very well indeed at the Palladium or the BBC' **** (Stage). 'The best show I’ve seen this Fringe' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Comic geniuses' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au).
2019: ★★★★★ Radio HA-HA, ★★★★ Mumble Comedy
Comedy (theatre, cabaret)
Strutting their way through jaw-dropping, fearless Fosse dance routines and uniquely satirical songs, the three tenacious comedians deliver cheeky, tear-jerking humour in beautifully crafted layers, just like your favourite haircut. Embrace self-empowerment, forget your imperfections and let out your inner beauty queen with the most hair-larious, female comedy trio since Smack the Pony! It's just like a girls night out, but in. 'An outstanding sitcom comic creation' **** (Scotsman). 'Pamela and her posse are engaging, entertaining and above all, get their claws out – and it is great' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide).
2019: ★★★★ Theatre Weekly, ★★★★ Broadway Baby
Paul Foot: Baby Strikes Back!
Comedy (stand-up, performance art)
Paul, now a fully-disqualified swan psychologist, delves deeper to discover the origins of the gay sperms and once again unleashes his bag of Disturbances. Baby has a plan. Baby never lose. Baby bounce back! Reviews of the multi award-winning comedian's show last year included: 'Absolute textbook Paul Foot comedy gold' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'As gloriously anarchic as ever' **** (Fest). 'Wonderfully crafted nonsense' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'A delight for his loyal fans... and will not dent his reputation as one of the most original live comedians' **** (One4Review.co.uk).
2019: ★★★★ The Student Newspaper
Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel and Me
Music (cabaret, solo show)
'One of the world's great cabaret singers' (Time Out) presents unique interpretations of Dylan and Brel alongside her own material. 'Among the best interpreters of Brel and Dylan on this angst-ridden planet' (VillageVoice.com).
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)