SATURDAY 17th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Music (acoustic, international)
Herald Angel (2017) and Mervyn Stutter's Spirit of the Fringe (2018) award winners, Misha Rachlevsky and his Russian String Orchestra return with a new series of captivating afternoon concerts. World-class performances in intimate surroundings. Rarely is there a chance to get so close to such an internationally renowned ensemble, described as 'dazzlingly impressive and heart-warming' **** (Scotsman, 2018), ‘an unmissable musical highlight' ***** (Herald, 2017) and ‘one of the runaway success stories of the Fringe’ ***** (SouthsideAdvertiser.biz, 2018). Music this year ranges from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert to Stravinsky, Weinberg and Danielpour.
Robin Morgan: What a Man, What a Man, What a Man, What a Mighty Good Man (Say It Again Now)
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Following a sell-out 2018 Fringe and debut UK tour, the ‘utterly hilarious’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com) stand-up returns with a new hour. Robin’s a father to his son. A son to his father. But what makes a good male role model? As seen on BBC Two’s Stand-Up At BBC Wales. Writer for The Mash Report (BBC Two) and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4). Tour support for Ellie Taylor and Iain Stirling. Warm-up for The Graham Norton Show. **** (Sunday Times).
2019: ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Theatre (new writing, music)
In Margate, an isolated teenager forms a band and finds her voice with the help of a gang of exotic birds. A new musical about finding your flock and ruffling feathers, Parakeet is a feast for the ears, eyes and heart told through irresistible song, poetry and electronic sounds. Discover the new spirit of punk: punk with empathy. Written by Brigitte Aphrodite with music by Quiet Boy. 'Imagine the Mighty Boosh crossed with the best episode of Girls. Prepare to cry and laugh several times over. You’ll leave a better person' (Elle for My Beautiful Black Dog).
2019: ★★★★ British Theatre
Theatre (new writing, drama)
Three siblings. A kitchen. A box of cassette tapes left by their mother. On them, titles for every chapter of her life. Together, the siblings engage in a ritual game of make-believe. As they uncover the reality behind their mother's veneer, an absurd dystopian world emerges where kitchen appliances become people – the perfect dysfunctional family resurrected. Will they get out of the kitchen, or is it too much too late? A form-pushing new play by Nadia Cavelle, Subject Mater is a loosely autobiographical, daringly imaginative journey into the mother/child relationship and what it takes to break free.
2019: ★★★★ The Scotsman, ★★★★ The Wee Review
INTERBEING – Stories from a Current War
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (true-life, music)
A visual rhapsody of stunning physicality and original music, using artefacts as props and documentary photography for script. Award-winning international company debuts a tour-de-force troupe of Ukrainian artists to tell a story about the root of human conflict. INTERBEING explores the themes present in the semi-autobiographical testimonies from our research, from love to the post-traumatic syndrome. Acrobatics, object animation and live music in a world premiere of 'five-star theatre' (Berria).
2019: ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
Olga Koch: If/Then
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Olga Koch is back! Ahead of her BBC Radio 4 special, the acclaimed stand-up tells a love story through the medium of computer programming (which she studied at university, and, like, barely ever brings up). In her feminist investigation into what happens when we can't separate love and technology, Olga will teach you how to code and explore what happens when our expectations for love, happiness and Michael Bublé no longer compute. Directed by Charlie Dinkin. ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Telegraph). **** (Skinny). **** (List). **** (TheArtsDesk.com).
2019: ★★★★ Three Weeks, ★★★★ Fest
Havana After Dark
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (dance, music)
The World premiere of a breathtaking new Cuban dance show, created in Havana. Sexy, spectacular, unmissable. Ballet, Salsa, Mambo, Rumba, Hip Hop, Afro-funk, Reggaeton. Featuring gorgeous dancers from Carlos Acosta's company, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet Revolución, Henry Gual Danza, and live music from a sensational seven- piece salsa band. Hot Latin hits from Beyoncé, Mark Anthony, Bad Bunny, Gente de Zona. Created by five-time Fringe First-winning director Toby Gough to celebrate the 500-year anniversary of Havana.
2019: ★★★★★ Deadline News
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)