SATURDAY 12th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Flying violins! Speed skating ballerinos! An ode to musical comedians like Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers and Spike Jones. A spectacular collection of musical and humorous acts rooted in the music hall tradition, but with a modern twist. The Wereldband, based in the Netherlands, consists of five world-class musicians who, between them, have mastered more than 200 instruments! With a flare for eccentricity and a hint of melancholy, their new show Släpstick has left audiences and critics breathless. The perfect blend of virtuosic musicianship, nostalgic sentiment, and lung-bursting physical comedy in the true slapstick tradition!
The Dark Knight
“The Dark Knight” is a stand-up show performed by Time Out awarding-winning comedian Mandy Knight. If you are easily offended and hard-of-thinking and prefer your jokes to be observations about; marmalade, social media or escalators, then this show is probably not for you. Knight’s jokes will punch you in the gut with an iron fist in a velvet glove and sometimes without the glove. Her rapier wit will be directed towards the darker elements of society and often, towards the audience. “A stream of priceless gems” - The Guardian. “A virtuoso performer” - The Independent.
3:55 pm - 4:45 pm, Voodoo Rooms French Quarter (Venue 68)
Education, Education, Education
Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble's love letter to the schools of the 90s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies. 'Funny, true and a little bit heartbreaking' **** (Lyn Gardner, Guardian on 1972: The Future of Sex).
Shit I'm in Love With You Again
Join Outstanding Canadian Comedy Award winner Rachelle Elie in her boisterous, bawdy romp through the multiple manifestations of love and relationships. From wide-eyed youthful idealism to the challenges of marriage and parenthood, this cheeky musical comedy pokes fun at everything from blue balls to birth and divorce. Original songs include Monogamy, F*ck First, I Want to Spank My Kids This Xmas and I’m Breaking Up With Jesus. ‘A ridiculously funny show’ ***** (MontrealGazette.com). ‘Elie shares her personal odyssey with the finesse of an Olympian’ (Apt613.ca). ‘Undeniably talented’ ***** (TheHappiestMedium.com). 'Exquisite performer' **** (VueWeekly.com).
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Theatre (music, pop)
The hugely acclaimed hit show tells the tale of a young David Bowie obsessive on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths. What follows will change his life forever. Powerful and emotional, music and magic realism collide in this darkly funny and moving production featuring Alex Walton. The life of the pop fan is brilliantly dissected in this tale of unnatural teenage wildlife. 'Unmissable, emotional, perfection' (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). 'A compelling Bowie oddity, sharply observed and touchingly believable' (Guardian). 'Completely beautiful and moving' (AYoungerTheatre.com).
Paul Sinha: Shout Out to My Ex
In his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show, comedian and doyen of daytime, Paul Sinha, weaved an intricate tale of happiness based on a combination of doing two jobs he loved, enjoying parental approval, and, actually being in a proper, grown-up, long-term relationship. The day after he returned home, the illusion of happiness was shattered. Was this the end? The beginning of the end? Or the end of a beginning? ‘Life will bring him crashing down to earth soon enough. And that really ought to sustain his densely funny and accomplished comedy.’ (Scotsman, 2015)
Best Dance Adelaide and Perth Fringe. West Australian Arts Editors Award. Aboriginal dance and YouTube sensations Djuki Mala make their UK debut. Unique, infectious, high-energy and always exuberant, fusing traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling to create work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning, with a hefty dose of heart and soul! If there is one show that is guaranteed to leave you feeling genuinely happy then this is it! 'No better offering at this year's Fringe' ***** (West Australian). 'Joy enhancing, inspiring, enthralling, thrilling, intoxicating' ***** (Upside News).
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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"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent"
'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
5th-27th Aug 2017
(not 17th, 24th)
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