WEDNESDAY 21st AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Vikki Stone: Song Bird
Multi award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a new show of her trademark comedy songs and stand-up. Whilst in previews, Song Bird was nominated for Best Musical Show at the 2019 Leicester Comedy Festival Awards. As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4's The Now Show, BBC One's John Bishop Show and the BBC Proms Podcast. 'Musical comedy genius' (Absolute Radio). 'Love child of Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin' **** (Scotsman). 'The audience were almost crying with laughter' (Guardian). **** (ThreeWeeks). **** (Sunday Herald). **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
2019: ★★★★★ The Wee Review, ★★★★★ Broadway World
Paul Putner's Embarrassment – Me and Madness (The Band)
Theatre (comedy, spoken word)
It's the ruby anniversary of Madness and Paul Putner celebrates the past 40 years as a lifelong fan. A story of a young, obsessive, nutty boy who took his passion for Madness one step beyond! Enjoy tales of freaky fandom, demented dancing, dodgy haircuts and glorious gigs. Heartfelt and honest, relish some of the embarrassing moments too and discover what happened when he finally met his heroes. 'Truly a class act' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Wonderful!' (Metro). 'One of the funniest spectacles on the Fringe' (Guardian).
Comedy (cabaret, variety)
Slick and sophisticated cabaret trio. Well, they were 'til the soprano stormed out. And the mezzo died. Remaining Dot Helen (up Dot creek without a dotting paddle) frantically finds emergency understudies. Watch as this new ensemble launch into an under-rehearsed whirlwind of quavering fear, major malfunctions and minor injuries as Helen desperately tries to uphold the bar of her beloved trio without a minims rest. Will they strike the right chord? Will they B flat? Can Helen stave the day? Join The Dots for music, mayhem and a cataclysmic crescendo! For-tis-si-mo-ment!
2019: ★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★★ The Wee Review, ★★★★★ Pocket Theatre Guide
Theatre (new writing, drama)
'He's a wrong 'un that Joe, a proper wrong 'un.' Still, if you fling enough shit... Nature, nurture. Excuses and secrets. Us and them... A hedonistic weekend brings a chilling conclusion. Maybe Joe is more alive then we'll ever be. This one-man play will pose as many questions as it offers answers. Sometimes there are no excuses. To truly be oneself is both a brave and dangerous thing.
2019: ★★★★ Broadway Baby
Cabaret and Variety (musical theatre, storytelling)
A Maori boy's musical about his Hollywood hero. An award-winning solo cabaret following the personal journey of a young Maori boy wanting to fit into a world he has no blueprint for. After discovering his hero Hugh Jackman's secret identity, he comes to realise that it's okay to be a different kind of man – that he can be strong and sensitive, he can haka and high kick, he can be fierce and fabulous. A shamelessly charming and heartfelt story, intricately weaving together comedy, storytelling, dance, song and Maori cultural/performing arts into a stunning cabaret experience.
2019: ★★★★ The Scotsman
Paul Zenon: Trust Me!
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, magic)
La Clique's master magician and mischief maker, 'C4 Countdown's wild man of the wand' (Independent), is back – hang onto your valuables and chuckle muscles. 'Zenon's deceptive self-deprecation belies the precision of his stunts and the sharpness of his warm wit... seeing will be believing’ (Guardian). 'A huge hit with our audiences... the wonderful talent of being very funny and the brilliant skill of his magic makes him quite unique' (Don Ward, Comedy Store). ‘Elegance and warmth... the consummate showman' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Contemporary master of his art' (Times). 'Unmissable' (FringeReview.co.uk).
2019: ★★★★ Broadway Baby
Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show
Music (pop, theatre)
Stop right now! Thank you very much. It's time to Spice Up Your Life like it's 1996. Relive the 90s through the hits of the Spice Girls on this Spice World journey; all you have to do is Say You'll Be There. Swing it, shake it, move it, make it down and if you think it's all Too Much, then really – Who Do You Think You Are?! If you Wannabe my lover, go and see this show! Goodbye my friend. (We didn't use Viva Forever because we don't want to mention the musical).
2019: ★★★★ Theatre Weekly
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)