MONDAY 19th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Music (acoustic, pop)
George Michael as you’ve never heard him before… From the producers of sell-out show Simply Bowie, recording artist and West End lead Oliver Darley brings his own inimitable style to the music of this unforgettable artist. With only jazz pianist Chad Lelong for accompaniment, the duo strip back a selection of George Michael's most recognisable hits to present a unique interpretation of great British songwriting. An unmissable opportunity. Darley is 'One of the UK's greatest white voices' (BB King).
George Egg: Movable Feast
Comedy (stand-up, tasting)
Brand-new comedy from the stand-up who cooks on stage. In this show he's on the road! It's time for planes, trains and automob-meals (sorry). George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected roadworks into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end, provided you can stop laughing. 'Brilliantly funny' (Jay Rayner, Guardian). 'Trust us, you won't believe how good the food tastes' (Scotsman).
2019: ★★★★ The Scotsman, ★★★★ The List, ★★★★ One4Review
For All I Care
Theatre (new writing, drama)
Clara and Nyri. Two very different women. Two complicated lives. Both having a very bad day. Mental health nurse Nyri's woken up hungover with a younger man. Meanwhile, Clara has developed a compulsive wink and can't remember if she's taken her meds. Nyri needs to get to Ebbw Vale Hospital via Greggs and Clara is dodging signs telling her – rather rudely – to kill herself, so she can get cracking with her shoplifting list for the Devil. Interweaving and unexpected connections collide in this fast-moving, touchingly funny one-woman show by Alan Harris.
2019: ★★★★ Broadway World, ★★★★ British Theatre
Anything With a Pulse
Theatre (new writing, contemporary)
Anything With a Pulse: a man and a woman meet in a club. Spotting each other from across the dance floor, they hit it off. Their story should be simple enough. But in a world where we hide behind games and personas, it doesn’t always play out like that. He desperately tries to fit in with his macho group of friends, who happen to be ‘some of the biggest dickheads to grace this planet’. And she is torn between feeling comfortable with the unexciting ‘nice guy’, or facing the games and pretences of modern dating.
2019: ★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★ Voice Mag, ★★★★ Ed Fringe Review
Musicals and Opera (comedy, theatre)
After the success of 2 Become 1, Swipe Right present their deliciously dark musical Scream Phone – directed by Pappy's Tom Parry! The girls are having a sleepover and you're like, totally invited! Pillow fights in their underwear, singing into hairbrushes, and gossiping about their crushes, what could possibly go wrong? As long as they don't answer the oversized pink phone... dun dun duuun! Based on the retro game Dream Phone, they'll take you on a killer journey back to the 80s with an infectious original soundtrack. Scream meets Clueless in this hilarious spoof horror musical!
2019: ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks, ★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★ Musical Theatre Review
Ivo Graham: The Game of Life
The time for faff is over: has Big Daddy Graham got the skillz (anecdotes/banter/topical asides) to pay da billz (gas/water/electric)? More hilariously anxious blather from one of the most hilariously anxious blatherers in the business. As spotted on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Live from the BBC, Cats Does Countdown, Richard Osman's House of Games, Roast Battle, Hypothetical, The Stand Up Sketch Show, The Now Show, Fighting Talk. 'A hugely enjoyable hour of stand-up comedy' **** (Times).
2019: ★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★ The Telegraph, ★★★★ The Times, ★★★★ Three Weeks, ★★★★ The Wee Review
Christine Bovill: Tonight You Belong to Me
Music (cabaret, jazz)
Brand-new show from the award-winning, five-star Glaswegian chanteuse. With her heart-melting, smoky, evocative voice, Christine cherry-picks some of the most celebrated songs and engrossing stories from the Jazz Age – the era of Prohibition, women's suffrage, radio, flappers, vamps, F Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh and Bessie Smith. A decade of heroes and villains; of sex scandals; literary giants and criminal low lives – all beautifully bound in the seductive rhythms of jazz. 'She is becoming the stuff of Fringe legend' (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (Scotsman). ***** (Herald).
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)