SUNDAY 4th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Cabaret and Variety (music, storytelling)
Experience legendary French icon Edith Piaf's life, loves and losses through the songs that shot her to stardom such as La Vie En Rose and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien. Piaf's songs are punctuated with a collection of extraordinary stories of her life as recounted by Australian cabaret star Michaela Burger, who takes on a multitude of key characters, from Edith's half-sister Momone to Piaf herself, ably supported by co-star Greg Wain on acoustic guitar with subtle use of effect pedals. Winner of Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 and Cabaret Award nominee at Fringe World 2016.
Susie McCabe: Domestic Disaster
Susie McCabe (multi award-winning comedian, Best Scottish Headliner 2017, and fastest-selling Glasgow Comedy Festival act three years running) brings her sell-out and critically acclaimed show to Edinburgh. Revel in McCabe's raconteur style and razor-sharp punchlines in this hilarious show as she recounts the absurdities of her life; at nearly forty years old she's a shambles and never far from disaster. Playing to ever increasing sold-out shows around the country, Susie is fast becoming one of the hottest tickets in the UK. 'Delivers plenty of chuckles' (Scotsman).
Shaving the Dead
Theatre (drama, new writing)
Eurig and Connor rely on death for a living but even that has let them down. Charles Sterling's corpse offers them a lifeline, but will they take it? Or will they bury his deadly secret? Waiting for Godot meets Six Feet Under! Perrier Award nominee, Owen O'Neill's hilarious, Beckettian, bible-black comedy. Directed by Olivier Award winner (for Morecambe): Guy Masterson.
Everything I See I Swallow
Everything I See I Swallow is a provocative examination of a mother/daughter relationship, set against a backdrop of shifting attitudes to empowerment, feminism and sexuality. In a world where #MeToo and #TimesUp have become rallying cries against female sexual harassment, how does a woman defend the objectification of her own body and the gaze from those around her? How are the lines drawn and how is the rope tied? Fusing theatre and aerial rope work with the erotic art of Japanese rope bondage, shibari, Swallow is an unusual and compelling encounter.
Comedy (clown, theatre)
'HELLO EVERYONE IT’S YOUR AUNTY HERE. FAMILY BBQ WILL BE AT MINE THIS YEAR. BRING A PLATE BUT I'M ON A DIET SO PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE. BYO BOOZE AND DURRIES. NO SCABS THIS YEAR THANK YOU.' After sold-out NZ seasons throughout 2017 and 2018, Johanna Cosgrove is ready to immerse you in her award-winning comedy bonanza. Welcome to the family reunion you never knew you wanted or needed! Winner of Best Comedy at Auckland Fringe and Outstanding Performer at Dunedin Fringe. 'Everything you want comedy to be' (Pantograph-Punch.com). 'A masterclass in comedic timing and playful audience interaction' (TheatreScenes.co.nz).
Colin Cloud: Sinful
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, magic)
Are you an honest person? And did you just lie to yourself? Colin Cloud knows the truth – and the truth is that we're all sinners. In Sinful, Cloud will charm the demons in your head and reveal whether you are saint or sinner. He'll listen to those whispering voices that tempt you to defy the better angels of your nature. With special guest Chloé Crawford, Colin will reveal why it's so much more fun to ask for forgiveness than permission, and why enough is never enough.
Henry Box Brown
Musicals and Opera (historical, a cappella)
2018 Best Musical nominee (MusicalTheatreReview.com). Amazing fusion of R'n'B and gospel telling the unmissable true tale of an 1850s Virginia slave who mails himself to freedom in a box. 'Astounding a capella – standing ovation' (Fest). Performed for over 30,000 people from NYC, it’s a crowd-pleaser that shines a light on our capacity to transcend. 'Compelling, remarkable, great songs, authentic…' (Times). 'Beautiful, thunderous applause, moving tenderness' (FringeReview.co.uk). Superb 16-strong New York cast directed by Tony winner Ben Harney (Dreamgirls). NEA award-winning writer, Mehr Mansuri and championed by the Baha’i Unity Center of NYC.
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)