TUESDAY 13th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
An Evening Without Kate Bush
Cabaret and Variety (music, theatre)
The chaotic cabaret cult! Howl with the Hounds of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights. Kate's not there, but you are. Over a career spanning five decades, Bush has always attracted loyal and devoted followers and this brand-new show celebrates their stories. Performer Sarah-Louise Young reunites with director Russell Lucas to explore the fans and music of one of the most influential voices in British pop culture. From the makers of Julie Madly Deeply... but completely different. 'Deliriously wonderful cabaret' ***** (ThreeWeeks for Julie Madly Deeply).
After a failed mutiny, three sailors find themselves cast adrift on a small piece of wood in the middle of the Atlantic; an angry Welsh doctor, a highly strung English first mate and a simple deckhand from the West Country. Together, they must to decide whether to sit and await rescue or paddle for their lives as they slowly die of hunger and madness, watched over by the Spirit of the Ocean... A show featuring wasps, clothing pegs and sexual references to spaghetti.
Six Feet, Three Shoes
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (flamenco, traditional)
A celebration of friendship across borders told through feisty, percussive flamenco, Scottish and contemporary dance. Featuring an all-female cast of dancers and musicians and exhilarating live guitar and fiddle. Dance, storytelling and foot-stomping rhythms in traditional and contemporary forms bring to life a story that resonates across generations and cultures. Share tender moments through to a good old giggle in this brand-new, heart-warming show by choreographer/dancer Jenni Wren. 'Utterly breathtaking, utterly fantastic. One of the best things I have seen….' (Norman Smith, BBC).
Normaler Than Everyone
Theatre (musical theatre, photography)
A solo musical featuring multi-instrumentalist and award-winning polymath Brian Joseph. Through his songs, writings and photographs, made while his wife was going through cancer treatment, Joseph presents a funny, moving and altogether original portrait of a cancer caregiver, enraged by soup and terrified by the specter of ghosts. Co-devised and directed by Dani Bedau, Normaler Than Everyone is ultimately a meditation on love and mortality. 'A troubadour in the classic sense, Joseph is an actor, singer and songwriter of the first order' (Oakland Tribune). 'Unpretentious, funny and insightful' (Santa Monica Mirror).
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, theatre)
Bursting onto the scene with passion, emotion and talent, Los Angeles' Short Round Productions presents Filament. Amazing circus skills collide with a story inspired by your favourite 80s teen movies to create 'a welcome change from the formula adhered to by many other circus shows' (AdelaideReview.com.au). This fresh take on acrobatic theatre dives into the trials and tribulations of growing up and discovering who you are, all set to a backdrop of dazzling lights and an infectious soundtrack. 'A cocktail of circus, storytelling and sex appeal... [Filament] isn't your typical circus show' ***** (WeekendNotes.com).
Dilruk Jayasinha: Cheat Day(s)
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
Dilruk Jayasinha has quickly become one of Australia's favourite comedians. So much so that he won the 2018 Logie for Most Popular New Talent. His small screen star may be soaring but Dil's finest work is on stage. His live shows have been consistently received with popular and critical acclaim, and his most recent tour culminated with knockout performances at Melbourne Comedy Festival and London's Soho Theatre. Now, he's returning with a brand-new hour about how he cheated his way to a healthier and more active lifestyle. 'A brilliant hour' **** (Herald Sun).
Modern Maori Quartet: Garage Party
Cabaret and Variety (music, world music)
Maori garage parties are hotbeds of undiscovered talent and a central part of our cultural and musical legacy back home in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Basically, where you fullas park your cars, we Maori party, drink and sing. Garage party nights always overflow with laughter, food, drink and stories as we celebrate life, love, family, friends and all-round good times with cheeky banter, uninhibited truths and hearty harmonies. Haere mai – come on down to the Ermintrude to party with us and a special guest artist every night at Edinburgh's flash-est garage party.
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)