MONDAY 14th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Sam Shaber: Life, Death & Duran Duran
Theatre (storytelling, music)
Life has three guarantees: you're born, you die and if your name is Rio, you dance on the sand. New York indie rocker Sam Shaber was born hungry, like the wolf, for Duran Duran and rock stardom. But what if you never get to join the band? Maybe you grow up to sing about life and death instead. Written with Fringe First winner Lynn Ferguson.
Russell Hicks: The Brain is in the Heart
Comedy (stand-up, improv)
70% improvisation, 30% stories about illicit drug use and Christian scientists. All heart. With more characters than a Pynchon novel pouring out of the head of Russell Hicks, this show promises to be one hell of a trip.
Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness
Theatre (comedy, science)
Fringe First winner and "peer-reviewed rapper" Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution, Rap Guide to Religion) explores the scientific study of consciousness in his latest hip-hop comedy. Baba's brain consists of roughly 90 billion neurons with trillions of connections, and none of them has any clue that he exists. And yet those cells come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes, laughs, and mind-blowing scientific findings. Come and find out how. 'Astonishing and brilliant' (New York Times). 'Funny and fascinating' ***** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Close to perfect' ***** (Skinny). 'Awe-inspiring' ***** (Scotsman).
When We Ran
Theatre (devised, music)
When two sisters flee the commune they've grown up in, they discover a harsh and beautiful world they never knew. Playful, visual storytelling with original songs from the creators of We Live By the Sea - 'Top Theatre of 2016' (New York Times). Patch of Blue are a multi award-winning company creating fresh, exciting and touching devised theatre with live music. They are the recipient of the prestigious Grahame F. Smith Peace Foundation Award for promoting human rights through theatre, as well as the Best Theatre and Critics Choice awards at the Adelaide Festival.
Squeeze My Cans
Theatre (comedy, true-life)
Or The True Story of How I Survived Scientology. Cathy Schenkelberg, a small town Catholic girl from a family of ten, spent 18 years and almost one million dollars down the rabbit hole of this infamous and unbelievable cult before finally finding the courage to break free. Squeeze My Cans is her cautionary yet universal tale about a young adult searching for her place and purpose in life which is moving, heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive. She reached for the stars, but landed on Mars! 'Brutally honest, masterful and hilarious' (Chicago Reader).
Patrick Monahan: Rewind Selector 90s
Comedy (stand-up, family)
Brand-new stand-up show from multi award-winning Patrick Monahan who compares life as an Irish/Iranian teenager in the 90s to today. As identity cards and Cool Britannia were being introduced, Monahan found himself on the periphery as a teenager - trying to blend in but ending up with all the other ethnic groups. 'His tales of being an immigrant to Britain are thought-provoking yet hilarious, he loves his audience and they love him back. Patrick is a Fringe Legend and it's easy to see why' **** (Mirror). 'He really hits the mark... great depth' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
Theatre (music, new writing)
From the creator of the hit show Black Is the Color of My Voice, comes a new story about the 20th-century African-American experience. Set to original music and traditional gospel and blues; two women, 42 years apart, become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One, a notorious Black Panther; the other, a present day university student. Both challenge the American justice system, become criminalized through political activism and ultimately are faced with a choice to stay and fight or to flee. 'Stunning vocals' (Stage).
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.
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