TUESDAY 20th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Multicultural Edinburgh based traditional folk band.
Chris Parker: Camp Binch
New Zealand's beloved sissy Chris Parker (as seen in Netflix's The Breaker Upperers) is mincing his way over to Edinburgh with his award-winning Camp Binch. Winner of Best Show at NZ International Comedy Fest 2018, Camp Binch delivers a hilarious and cathartic retelling of growing up gay in conservative New Zealand. 'He's the one to watch that you're probably already watching!' (GayExpress.co.nz). 'Leaves you inspired to make a difference' (New Zealand Herald). Writer and star of New Zealand's 7 Days, Jono and Ben, and Funny Girls.
2019: ★★★★★ The Skinny
Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (contemporary, dance)
Inspired by one of Taiwan’s most beautiful Buddhist ceremonies, Floating Flowers is a fabulously dynamic expression of body and spirit. A gorgeous tribe of eight are pushed and pulled through the swirling rhythms of a dance that reveals the tumult beneath peaceful surfaces. Po-Cheng Tsai’s work is an artful fusion of martial arts, classical ballet, folk dance and contemporary movement. Set to a propulsively cinematic score, Floating Flowers lets its cast ride waves of wild and sometimes playful motion. Dance that reaches as high as the sky as it plumbs the depths of the ocean.
2019: ★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide, ★★★★★ The Wee Review
Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)
Theatre (cabaret, comedy)
An award-winning, one-woman science comedy-musical about the neuroscience of love and loneliness. Combining heartfelt tales of relationship highs, lows and the downright confusing, Carys Eleri's marvellously personal show is told with plenty of sass, chocolate, hugs and bangin' tunes too. Come and discover how love works within all of us, why it makes us do crazy things and why hugging is the answer. 'Hilariously relatable, a really special intimate evening' **** (TheatreFullStop.com). Best Cabaret Award at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019.
Theatre (drama, comedy)
Benedict's dad loved wine. He loved collecting it, drinking it and sharing it with friends and family was an act of love. Benedict was a teenage alcoholic. He's been sober now for 25 years. On the day of his father's funeral, Benedict receives an unsettling final bequest: a bottle of exceptionally fine red wine. Will he drink one final toast to his father? Originally commissioned for BBC Radio 4, Marcus Brigstocke writes and directs this bittersweet drama of family and addiction, based on his own recovery. BBC Audio Drama Award winner 2018 for Best Single Drama.
2019: ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks
Tony Law: Identifies
Comedy (stand-up, clown)
Tony Law identifies as a hominid. Homo sapiens, Neanderthal, Indo-European horse tribesman, an Englishman, a Canadian, a Norn Iron man and a Trinidadian and a Tobagonian. A dog, a dog owner, owned by a dog, a surrealist, an absurdist and an artist who is comedy of person. A parent, a thrower, a catcher, a reader and a farmer. His 16th show is turning out to be his best yet. For connoisseurs of comedy who have seen it all and are funny in their own bones. Top drawer Tony. Comedian's comedian comedian for the comedy nerd.
2019: ★★★★ Theatre Weekly, ★★★★ Fest, ★★★★ Broadway World
SK Shlomo: Surrender
Music (solo show, storytelling)
After collaborating with Ed Sheeran, Bjork and Damon Albarn, the record-breaking beatboxer and Fringe favourite SK Shlomo returns with Surrender: a new one-man show charting his life-affirming journey overcoming grief, addiction and suicidal depression. Part wild gig, part devastatingly honest theatre, Surrender blends his innovative live looping and breathtaking beatboxing with epic synths, crushingly honest lyrics and lush electronic layers. 'Fascinating... Dangerously energised performing' (Telegraph).
2019: ★★★★ The List
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)