SUNDAY 18th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Double Denim: Adventure Show
Comedy (sketch show, clown)
Part safari party. Part murder mystery. All denim. Michelle Brasier and Laura Frew bring you part two of the Double Denim journey, a celebratory cruise through the teenage years to avocado days. Winner: Directors' Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2018. This is every Contiki Tour that has ever gone wrong. Jumanji meets Absolutely Fabulous. No map, no shame, a little bit of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Bring spare knickers, it's going to be a very cool party.
2019: ★★★★ Three Weeks
Michael Odewale: #BLACKBEARSMATTER
Michael Odewale is selfish. And apathetic. And so are you. Join the fast-rising star as he tries to figure out what matters, and what's just noise, in his highly anticipated debut show. A fresh new voice known for delivering sharp, slick and beautifully executed stand-up, Odewale is set to take the comedy world by storm. Winner Best New Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2019. As seen on Stand Up Central for Comedy Central. As heard on BBC Radio 4. BBC New Comedy Award finalist. Pleasance Comedy Reserve 2018. 'Smooth, assured, more-ish' **** (Scotsman).
Whose Mind is it Anyway?
Comedy (improv, interactive)
The improvised hypnotised musical movie! Half the cast of the latest Hollywood blockbuster haven't arrived on set and with just one hour left to wrap the movie... what will our hypnotic director do? Simple, throw away the script and start again! Join our cast of hilarious all-star improvisers, as they join forces with hypnotised audience volunteers to create a brand-new blockbuster movie – complete with fully improvised cinematic score – premiering every single night! The only way you're going to sleep through this movie... is if you are in it!
2019: ★★★★ Broadway Baby
For Only an Hour
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (cabaret, lgbt)
‘Sanger is one of the most versatile artists on the British stage, as this performance amply demonstrates’ (Dance Europe, 2018). Danced to a hilarious medley of Angela Lansbury, Delia Smith and Bette Midler this one-man romp is a pseudo-glamorous jaunt through pop culture, queer art, childhood dreams and life-changing surgery. It may be entertaining, but it demands a punishing vulnerability of the performer with surprises at every turn. Supported by haunting music by Donna McKevitt, glittering queer garments by Andrew Walker, mentoring by Wendy Houstoun and a unique improvised lighting design by Jen Wren.
2019: ★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
Beach Body Ready
Theatre (comedy, true-life)
It's the season of cutting carbs, hitting it hard at the gym, and shaving everything from the chin down. Summer has rocked up and the media has us thinking about how our bodies aren't up to scratch and there are companies ready to capitalise on that. We've been shamed, dehumanised, and humiliated for how we look and we've had enough. Join The Roaring Girls for a defiantly feel-good show which sticks two fingers up at how the media says you should look. The Roaring Girls are getting Beach Body Ready. Are you?
2019: ★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★ The List, ★★★★ Theatre Weekly, ★★★★ ThreeWeeks
Matt Price: Broken Hooters and Geezers with Shooters
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
Matt Price was asked to work on a writing project with a former criminal. From day one, he was out of his depth... Matt ('Fearlessly funny' **** (Scotsman)) looks as though he may blend into the criminal underworld quite well, until he blows his cover by speaking. This story is as unique as it is ridiculous. Matt Price is widely regarded as one of the best storytelling comedians in the country. He is not a criminal and his hooter remains unbroken! **** (Chortle.co.uk).
2019: ★★★★ The Scotsman
Rock Choir Live
Music (pop, contemporary)
Rock Choir is the largest contemporary choir in the UK offering the general public the chance to sing without audition or any requirement to read music. With in excess of 30,000 members in over 400 local communities, it is a multi-layered social experience using education, music and singing as its core activities but offering its members much more in the shape of life-changing and well-being experiences. Described as a 'phenomenon' (Times) it is the most popular choir experience available to the British public. Also known for its excellence in teaching, performance, music and standards.
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)