MONDAY 6th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
The FlyBoys: A Postmodern Swing Sensation!
Music (swing, vocal)
Imagine a night where Pharrell Williams croons with Judy Garland, Ricky Martin scats with Cab Calloway, and Maroon 5 groove with Ella Fitzgerald - that night is here! In a fusion of unforgettable showmanship, these four masters of mashup, with their effortless vocals and sublime harmonies, will whisk you back to the golden age of big bands but with an incredibly unique twist! Come and hear swing reimagined - it's like Sinatra started a band with Bruno Mars!
Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human
As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Room 101 (BBC One) and regularly heard on BBC Radio 4's News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. This hugely popular comic returns to the Fringe with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction not to mention 'proper laugh-out-loud one-liners' (Herald). 'Lyons is on top of her game: in command of her material, her audience and her stage' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'An hour of intelligent observations and hilarious character comedy' **** (ThreeWeeks).
It's True, It's True, It's True
Theatre (devised, verbatim)
Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome, and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries. Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation. 'Theatrically ambitious and boldly political' (Guardian). Untapped Award winner 2018.
Theatre (solo show, comedy)
When Benny Hill died in April 1992, his body lay undiscovered in his flat for two days. During these two days his shows were watched by millions all around the world. This captivating one-man show revisits those final days and insightfully explores the life of the lad himself. 'A slick, affectionate and sympathetic portrait of a not-quite-forgotten man' (BritishTheatreGuide.info). 'The script is rich and rhythmic... Liam Tobin pulls off this marathon one-man show in a stellar performance' **** (TheSprout.co.uk). 'This is a show well worth seeing and Benny Hill a comic well worth remembering' (Theatre-Wales.co.uk).
Theatre (solo show, comedy)
Birdie’s a hoarder. The neighbours call her a harridan and a harpy, although most have never even met her. They see her hoard as a hazard for house prices. But it isn’t rubbish. It’s her life’s work and it exists because years ago something deeply cherished was stolen, and Birdie’s not been able to give up anything since. She’ll do anything to get this priceless thing back. Anything at all. A razor-sharp drama from Fringe First award winner Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!), directed by Hannah Chissick and starring national treasure Su Pollard in her Edinburgh Fringe debut.
The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham
The legendary terpsichorean twosome make their Edinburgh Fringe debut. If it is true that every story needs plot and narrative, it is fortunate indeed that this has both, which means if you're looking for a tale, one that includes the story telling devices of plottery and narrativery, then this one could be just for you. There'll be props and, oh yes, quite a lot of music and then of course there are the sandals, oh those sandals. 'Absolutely hilarious' (Viz). 'Mad, anarchic triumph of stupidity over style' (Guardian). 'Spectacularly funny' (Time Out).
Peter Straker Sings Brel
Straker is unquestionably the finest interpreter of Brel's songs. He does not just sing the words, he inhabits them. His dramatic delivery is full of passion and power. Straker's career spans 50 years since the West End hit musical Hair and recording albums with his friend and colleague, the legendary Freddie Mercury, but now he is back in Edinburgh for a strictly limited run. Prepare to be in the hands of a master. A little more Brel - but don't relax too much... it's like never before! ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (Scotsman). **** (Evening Standard).
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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