MONDAY 21st AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead
Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis*. Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting. A tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror… and the King of Rock‘n’Roll is such an idea. Brilliantly executed: winner of Best Show and Best Musical at Leicester Comedy Festival 2017. 'Sure-fire hit. Without doubt the best show I've seen in ages' (Bob Slayer). *Presley
Theatre (comedy, improv)
From the creators of Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, this is competitive improv as you've never seen it. Honouring ancient Athenian traditions, two rhapsodes, Adam Meggido and Sean McCann, compete to improvise a fully authentic Shakespearean masterpiece on the spot. Featuring rap, poetry slams and any writer from the last 3,000 years, Rhapsodes will change the way you think about improv and possibly Shakespeare. A unique celebration of the poetic, the dramatic and the absurdly comic. 'Intelligent, uproarious, laugh-a-minute fare' **** (Telegraph). 'Jaw-droppingly extraordinary' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Hilarious. The bard has never been this much fun' ***** (ThreeWeeks).
Gillian Cosgriff: To the Moon and Back
Gillian has concerns about the future. You might say she has chronophobia (fear of the future), or gamophobia (fear of marriage), or phobophobia (fear of fears). Probably not that last one. And space. After venturing out to see Gravity with a throbbing hangover she also has astrophobia. Seriously, name me one space movie where nobody dies. You can't, can you? I knew it. This award-winning cabaret star has been garnering accolades for the last five years with her charming and unique style of musical comedy. See her now, before the world inevitably ends.
Theatre (physical theatre, new writing)
What's it like going through adolescence at the age of 33? One year after transgender man Kit receives his first injection of testosterone he enters a male gym changing room for the first time. For the other guys this is just another routine moment in an ordinary changing room, but for Kit it becomes an urgent search to uncover what it means to be a man. Critically acclaimed Rhum and Clay collaborate with writer and performer Kit Redstone in this comical, coming of age quest for masculine identity in an environment that affords little space to hide. **** (Guardian).
Theatre (new writing, drama)
On an isolated hilltop two men must confront their darkest secrets and deepest fears in a chance encounter destined to change their lives forever. An unsettling and insightful drama exposing two men's fight for truth, justice and survival. Developed into an original script through improvised workshops, Fragile Man highlights the difficulties that can accompany 'becoming me' and the mental and emotional struggle we face to know our true selves. Its themes delve deeply into our shared experience of being human, exploring fate, faith, envy, self-preservation and the dawning reality of our own fragile mortality.
Simon Evans: Genius
Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans's. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm... 'Super-sharp wit' (Time Out). 'Wields language like a rapier' (Scotsman). 'Please clap' (Jeb Bush).
'There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in' (Graham Greene). Christine threads her remarkable journey in the world of French song with the life and works of Edith Piaf. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice singing of life’s triumphs and tragedies. Piaf is both a personal narrative and a powerful musical homage to France’s most endearing icon. 'Bovill conveys the pathetic nature of the song with few gestures, her voice carrying all before her, its honeyed subtleties wringing pathos from every line' (NorthernIrelandCulture.org).
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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