SUNDAY 6th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Elvis: Young and Beautiful
It's 1956. Elvis Presley is young and beautiful. He performs his great songs, including Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Peace in the Valley, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, The Wonder of You and That's All Right. Oliver Harris as the young Elvis Presley is simply sensational, a big star in the making. See him on the Free Fringe.
Chris Betts: Bewilderbeest
Betts is back, but he's got a problem. What do you do when you can't trust the law, the elderly or even yourself? Join him for a hilarious dissemination of human nature, featuring crooked cops and superstitious children. This occasionally edgy but always hysterical Canadian jokesmith with a gift for 'drolly original reasoning' and 'zinging turn of phrase' (Scotsman) is a must-see. Betts's rigorous curiosity and lively imagination make him one of the most exciting acts around. (Daily Telegraph) Top 20 Jokes of the Fringe 2015. 'An hour is not nearly enough' **** (Fresh Fringe, FreshAir.org.uk).
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus
This is not my body. This is not my body. This is not my body. After the sell-out international tour of Smother, 201’s contemporary hip hop ensemble returns with Skin: a boy’s journey through gender transition. Fusing urban and contemporary styles with an original score, award winning choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of seven dancers in a fast paced, emotionally driven story of identity and belonging. 'Bringing hip-hop into thrillingly new terrain' ***** (Guardian on 201 Dance Company). 'Unparalleled beauty' ***** (EdFestMag.com on Smother). 'Exhilarating, sensual… the audience whoop, cheer and holler along with the beat' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).
This Really Is Too Much
Raucous, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, this genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of life as a three-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating wo-man in modern society. 'Gleefully compelling' (ExeuntMagazine.com), slickly choreographed and dripping with feminist charm and anarchic wit. Gracefool combine dancing with dark comedy to delve into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles, wrestling with gender, identity and social convention. An outlandish and wildly entertaining medley of absurd political speeches, talent contests and box ticking. Part of the Underbelly Untapped season.
Daniel Cainer: More Gefilte Fish and Chips
Theatre, Music, Storytelling
Master songwriter and Fringe favourite returns with more of his trademark smart and funny story songs (plus new gems). Highly Recommended Show 2014 and 2015 (FringeReview.co.uk). SoHo Playhouse Fringe Encores Season (Best of Edinburgh and New York Fringe) 2014, 2015 and 2016. 'An extraordinary performer... at times heartbreakingly poignant, at others laugh-out-loud funny' (Edinburgh Fringe Guide). 'Heart-rending, delicate and witty' (Daily Express). ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'You don't have to be Jewish (or British) to get a kick out of Cainer' (LA Times). Any similarities to actual Gefilte Fish, living or dead, are completely deliberate.
Trygve vs a Baby
A world-famous mime attempts to be more entertaining than a standard baby. From Trygve Wakenshaw, the creator of smash hits Nautilus (Fosters Award nominee), Kraken and Squidboy, comes a brand-new show and a brand-new baby. 'The new king of silent comedy' (Guardian). 'So magical, so delightfully playful. Wakenshaw leaves his audience slack-jawed with admiration' **** (Scotsman). 'Trygve is a Loony Toons creation made flesh... you can't help but be carried away by the pure joy of his madcap landscapes' **** (Fest). 'Astonishing, original, witty and engrossing' ***** (TheArtsDesk.com).
China Goes Pop
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus
Eye-popping, entertaining show direct from China, starring brilliant world-class acrobats, including Cirque du Soleil alumni. This story of an artist and his muse unfolds through dazzling acrobatics, martial arts, physical comedy, stunning video and costumes against a pop soundtrack. Produced by China Arts and Entertainment Group, the leading entertainment company in China, and executive produced by Broadway Asia International, the Tony Award-winning producers who have previously brought spectacular sold-out productions including Cookin' to the Edinburgh Fringe. 'Awesome visual effects. Highly entertaining spectacle!' (Shanghai Daily). 'Delightfully hilarious, yet still tugs at the heartstrings.' (Beijing Morning Post).
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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'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
5th-27th Aug 2017
(not 17th, 24th)
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