FRIDAY 10th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Little Death Club
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, music)
Winner: Pick of the Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2017. The darkest, funniest and most debauched kabarett club this side of Berlin! A Weimar-punk jazz band soundtracks a night of dangerously funny kabarett, breathtaking circus and fire-breathing sideshow at its most inappropriate, provocative and hilarious best. Join multi-award-winning Bernie Dieter (star of La Clique, EastEnd Cabaret) for 'a night of debauchery and devilry! Hilarious' ***** (FourthWallMedia.Wordpress.com). 'Magnificent, be amazed, be appalled, and be blown away' ***** (WeekendNotes.com). 'Absolutely outrageous! An unmissable experience' ****1/2 (OUTInPerth, Australia).
Sally-Anne Hayward: Comedienne-ess
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
Fifty-eight minutes of jokes from one of the UK comedy scene's most vaginary binaries. Sally guarantees this show will change your life, even if only by making it an hour shorter - come and feel the wrath of her mirth! 'Exceptionally funny' (Independent). 'Warm and very funny' (Sarah Millican). 'A kick in the balls from a bullying southerner' (Some nobody on Twitter). **** (ThreeWeeks). **** (Skinny). @sallyannhayward
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus)
The UK’s hottest circus company, BMT, repeat the success of their international smash-hits BROMANCE and KIN in this red-hot, five-star piece of circus, combining show-stopping acrobatics with the emotional punch of theatre. ‘Stunning’ (Guardian). Shift is an astonishing gravity-defying show featuring cyr wheel, hand to hand, acrobatics and circus, using apparatus in ways you didn't think possible! Shift premiered at the 2018 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. 'Breath-taking athleticism' (Evening Standard). 'Superhuman muscularity, fully human hearts' (Audience review).
Theatre (music, comedy)
'The day I've been dreading arrives. All the answers I have prepared go out of my head when she asks me, "where's my Daddy?"' A painfully honest insight into the world of a young single mother, this autobiographical piece is about looking for answers in the wrong places and facing up to your responsibilities when you've bitten off more than you can chew. Written and performed by Elinor Coleman, with live onstage music, Baby Daddy is a funny, rude and infectious musical account of life in your twenties with a baby in tow.
The Travelling Sisters: Toupé
Comedy (sketch show)
Masterfully combining physical comedy, characters and original music, The Travelling Sisters are 'insane geniuses of sketch comedy' (GreatScott.media). This infectious trio conjure characters and twists you won't see coming. A theme park ride for the soul. Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe 2017. New Zealand Tour Ready Award Melbourne Fringe 2017. Best Newcomer Nominee Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017. 'Like no other act you have ever seen' ***** (TheatrePeople.com). 'Imaginative, vivid, fully realised characters’ **** (Fest). 'Indefinable alchemy... their sheer presence exudes fun and sass' **** (Chortle.co.uk).
Alun Cochrane: You. Me. Now.
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Come on then! (To my show.) You want some? (Comedy.) You wanna go? (Buy a ticket then.) I'll be joking about you, me and this wonderfully odd time to be alive. Alun Cochrane has been doing solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2004. He has performed at international comedy festivals, pub gigs and comedy clubs and toured. He's regularly really funny on Frank Skinner's radio show and Just a Minute, and is sometimes on TV shows and panel games including Room 101, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. www.aluncochrane.co.uk
Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues
Music (blues, storytelling)
Led by acclaimed vocalist Nicole Smit, Queens of the Blues presents a musical celebration of the women who have shaped blues and popular music as we know it, and have gone largely unrecognised for their influence and talent, until now. The show features a seven-piece line-up of award-winning band The Blueswater. ***** (TheWeeReview.com). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'A ridiculously tight band of musicians and an extremely charismatic turn by Nicole Smit' (Fest).
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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