FRIDAY 24th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
The Elvis Presley Story
Travel with the boy from Tupelo through his teenage years in Memphis, tentative footsteps into Sun Records studios, to his meteoric rise to the worlds biggest selling artist. Featuring energetic renditions of That’s All Right Mamma, Mystery Train, Don’t be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender and many more. This astonishing back catalogue is realised with authenticity by Roberto Picazo a critically acclaimed R’n’B artist whose debut album could have been plucked from Memphis in the late 1950s. A tribute to the music pioneer and The King delivered in the trademark Night Owl Show-umentary format.
Scott Bennett: Leap Year
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
People say it's brave to do stand-up comedy, it's braver to let someone you love do it. This year Scott has finally made a decision and it's changed his life and the lives of those around him. What does it mean to follow your dreams when you feel like you have so much to lose? Tipped by Chortle as one to watch in 2018. Rob Brydon tour support, BBC News Quiz writer, The Chris Ramsey Show writer and Amused Moose Edinburgh Award nominee Scott Bennett returns to the Fringe with an honest and hilarious new show.
Murder She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery
Comedy (improv, theatre)
A classic murder mystery is created on the spot from audience suggestions in this ingenious show from Fringe favourites, Degrees of Error. Ms Violet in the parlour with the flamethrower? Dr Gold in Debenhams with the canon? Will you guess whodunnit? And for your Sunday night entertainment, don’t forget our late-night shows with a twist! 'Everything a Fringe comedy should be: original, professional and very, very funny' **** (EdFringeReview.com). 'Had me howling with laughter...mesmerizingly impressive' **** (ArthursSeat.com). 'Incredibly clever... laugh out loud funny… absolutely not one to miss' ***** (VoiceMag.uk).
Theatre (new writing, thriller)
‘You want hope? Make me an offer.' 1935: a two-bit circus travels Dust Bowl America. Desperate townspeople need hope but, when the fortune teller names her price, what'll they be willing to pay? But is she an oracle, or just another charlatan? Darkly funny psychological thriller, laced with poignancy and devilry, from the multi award-winning BoonDog Theatre. Written and performed by Lucy Roslyn. From creators of The State vs John Hayes, Argus Angel Artistic Excellence award-winner 2015: ‘Utterly brilliant’ ***** (Brighton Argus). ‘Astonishing’ **** (Stage). Acclaim for Goody, Les Enfants Terribles’ Greenwich Partnership award-winner 2017: ‘Incredible theatre’ ***** (EdFringeReview).
5 Days of Falling
Dance (solo show, hip hop/breakin')
Sam Amos (TrashDollys) explores solitude and man's inability to articulate emotion in 5 Days of Falling. This one-man show blends breathtaking physicality with words and music to magnify the final stages of a young man's journey through isolation. Highlighting the ever-growing crisis of male suicide, 5 Days of Falling aims to inspire dialogue on the importance of communication. Encompassing the freedom and expressive nature of b-boying and contemporary dance, Sam has honed an instantly recognizable movement style which lies at the heart of his work.
Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You
Comedy (spoken word)
An hour of entertainment on what it is like to be the human being Barry Ferns living life in the 21st century*. Here is previous review for a previous show: 'A marvellous, personal, beautifully constructed, laughter-packed hour' **** (Scotsman). *This century.
Dashanan / Kabeera
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus
Martial arts, acrobatics, folk dance, drama, exhilarating choreography, colourful costumes, atmospheric lighting and a double bill of exciting and elegant Indian dance. Dashanan: Ravana is traditionally a villain. Most interpretations of the epic Indian poem, Ramayana, show Rama (righteousness) prevailing over Ravana (nadir of evil). Dashanan offers a different viewpoint. Kabeera: This spiritual journey is like the flowing water of the rivers and their final union with the sea. Our life should be crystal clear, like the river water, where there is no place for caste, class or creed. Kabeera is based on Sufi, Kabeer’s dohas (couplets).
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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