TUESDAY 6th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus
A high-octane spree of physical virtuosity, Backbone tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective. Staged with a deceptively DIY aesthetic and dispensing of trickery and distraction, this is circus that goes straight for the jugular and leaves no viewer unmoved. Backbone is the culmination of all that's gone before: a celebration of human connectedness and the meaning of strength, its athletic appeal is run through with a conceptual brilliance that elevates it to a new level. Sexy, sincere, raw yet disciplined, Backbone is proof you can't do the impossible without spending a little sweat.
Mitch Benn: Ten Songs to Save the World
Comedy (music, stand-up)
One broken world and ten funny songs to fix it. From BBC Radio 4's Now Show to his column in the New European, Mitch spreads insight and laughs in equal measure. Join the 'country's leading musical satirist' (Times) as, with six string in hand and a head full of silly rhymes, he identifies the problems and proposes (semi-serious) solutions. 'Undoubted skill as a musician and delightfully cutting wit' (One4Review.co.uk). 'He's Britain's answer to Tom Lehrer' (Swindonian). 'Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny' (Guardian).
Theatre (musical theatre, new writing)
Turn back the dial to 1949. Iva d'Aquino stands accused of treason in one of the most controversial trials in American history. Faced with accusations of peddling Axis propaganda, Iva becomes known as the notorious Tokyo Rose – but was she the villain she was made out to be? Five female wartime disc jockeys spit piercing verse in a rap-packed musical broadcast going live in 5, 4, 3... From the team behind The Half Moon Shania: 'Best Musical Award 2018' ***** (MusicalTheatreReview.com). **** (Stage). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). New Diorama Theatre and Underbelly Untapped Award 2019.
Comedy (sketch show, theatre)
Critically acclaimed sketch duo Goodbear are back! Join Henry Perryment and Joe Barnes for their biggest show yet. Featuring Goodbear's trademark combination of hilarious characters, extraordinary physical comedy and an original score, expect a show that is 'very funny' (Telegraph), 'excellent' (Guardian), 'exceptional' (AYoungerTheatre.com), 'hilarious' (EdFestMag.com), 'incredible' (List), 'magnetic' (Skinny) and 'side-splittingly funny' (ThreeWeeks). That is, if everything goes to plan... **** (Telegraph). ***** (AYoungerTheatre.com). ***** (EdFestMag.com). **** (Chortle.co.uk). **** (List). **** (Skinny). **** (VoiceMag.uk). **** (WeeReview). **** (EdfringeReview.com). **** (ThreeWeeks).
The Last of the Pelican Daughters
Theatre (comedy, new writing)
Joy wants a baby, Storm wants to be seen, Sage wants to be paid, Maia doesn’t want anyone to find out her secret and Granny’s in a wheelchair on day release. Mum’s presence still seeps through the ceiling and the floors. The Pelican Daughters are home for the last time. The Wardrobe Ensemble grapple with inheritance, loss and justice in this comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother’s death. Developed with Complicité. In association with Bristol Old Vic and Pleasance.
Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest
Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children. 'Masterful... Go see!' ***** (Sunday Times). Lauded as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, it is no surprise that he is now a TV name. BBC appearances recently have included: Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo (Host), Top Gear, QI and The Pilgrimage. An avid hill walker and canoeist, Ed writes a column for The Great Outdoors magazine.
Best of Broadway
Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, family)
After sold-out performances and rave reviews at Fringe 2016, 2017, and 2018 we're excited to return to Edinburgh with this new revue of Broadway hits! Join us as we bring the Best of Broadway to the Fringe. This show is sure to be a hot ticket for musical theatre lovers! ‘A great way to start off a Fringe day... a delightful and entertaining production... if you like show tunes, you’ll like this’ (BroadwayBaby.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)