WEDNESDAY 7th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, burlesque)
This critically acclaimed off-Broadway biographical musical combines theatre, cabaret and burlesque to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African American international superstar and one of the most extraordinary figures of the 20th century. Starring six-time Best of the Fest winner Tymisha Harris, who was nominated for a 2018 Vivian Robinson award for her limited off-Broadway run. 'A star vehicle for Harris, and she delivers' (OrlandoSentinel.com). 'A tour de force' ***** (CBC). 'It's a perfect piece of theatre for the time we are currently in' ***** (PlaysToSee).
Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express
Ireland’s comedy sweetheart (self-titled) and Dublin Fringe Best Performer nominee is returning to Edinburgh on The Prosecco Express, fresh from her sell-out Irish tour and Soho Theatre run. As seen in Sharon Horgan’s Women on The Verge (UKTV) and The Tommy Tiernan Chat Show (RTÉ). 'Hilarious & brutal' (Lyn Gardner). 'Joyously nuts' ***** (Irish Examiner). 'Please bring your friends and laugh until you cry' ***** (Edinburgh Reporter). 'Authentic, hilarious comedy' **** (DeadlineNews.co.uk). 'Fresh, bold and brazen, the sky is the limit for Joanne McNally' (Mirror).
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, theatre)
In this thrilling and humorous blend of circus and theatre, Berlin's all-female collective Still Hungry honestly confronts the challenges of modern motherhood. Made with creative support from award-winning director Bryony Kimmings, this contemporary circus piece uses stunning acrobatic skills and poignant storytelling to stage a captivating depiction of their own experiences. Warm, witty and deeply moving, Raven invites us to question any preconceived notions we might have about working mothers, women, and female circus artists. 'Artistic, spectacular and stirring' (Kulturradio, Germany).
Viggo the Viking
Comedy (clown, physical theatre)
Best Comedy winner, Brighton Fringe 2016 (Zach & Viggo). Best Comedy nominee, Fringe World 2018 (Pepito). From the deep forests and tall mountains of Norway comes Viggo the Viking, the dumbest viking in the world. A new show from Gaulier-trained clown Viggo Venn. 'My cheeks were aching with laughter' ***** (FringeGuru.com). 'I laughed so much my face hurt' ****1/2 (Latest). 'Chaotic Masterpiece' **** (List).
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, comedy)
Winner: Top-tier Fringe World Martin Sims Award 2019. Winner: Adelaide Tour-Ready Award 2019. Winner: Best Circus Fringe World Weekly 2019. Sugar, spice, and apparently "nice". With our bloody good sense of humour, we're going to rip into the uncomfortable using high-flying acrobatics, absurd confessions and groovy dancing. Get ready to witness a powerhouse of female circus performers kick art in the face. ‘Everything contemporary circus should be’ (Danny Delhunty, Melbourne Fringe Producer).
Sarah Keyworth: Pacific
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for Best Newcomer and winner of the Herald Angel Award returns with a brand-new hour of comedy about the little things, the smallest details, the fixed and distinct aspects that make up what we definitively are, how we expressly think and who we unambiguously love. 'Powerful, poignant and achingly funny stuff' ***** (Herald). 'It's refreshing to see something so generous and outward-looking' (Chortle.co.uk). 'The most hilarious visual images' **** (Scotsman). 'An absolute gem' **** (Evening Standard).
Best of the West End
Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, family)
After sold-out performances and five-star reviews at Fringe 2016, 2017 and 2018, our performers are excited to return to Edinburgh with a new line-up of songs! Featuring world-class voices and breathtaking harmonies, these professional performers showcase the very best from the West End. If you love musicals, you'll love this show! ‘Another triumph for American Performing Arts International... deserved sold-out audiences’ (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Once again their show is a pure joy to watch and listen to... all of the songs were superb' ***** (SouthsideAdvertiser.biz).
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)