SATURDAY 11th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
John Hunt Four O'Clock Afternoon Blues and Swing
Music (blues, vocal)
'Boogie-woogie, slide-guitar master' **** (Scotsman). John's eighth Fringe, following seven years of full house concerts. 'Ingenious 21st-century blues. Inventive, unique, soulful' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'Boogie-boss blues legend Hunt builds cannibalised guitars, his famous B&Q shelf guitar with built-in PA and 1984 papier-mâche semi-acoustic' **** (Herald). 'Hunt has mojo, a funky version of Got You Under my Skin’ **** (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Fantastic gig, understated and cool' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Refreshingly unique' (Southside Advertiser). **** (EdinburghSpotlight.com). 'John Hunt played a storming set, like Seasick Steve in a science lab' (Ian Rankin). 'Fantastic' (Jools Holland).
Garry Starr Performs Everything
Comedy (theatre, clown)
Disgraced actor Garry Starr is going it alone. Following his dismissal from the Royal Shakespeare Company due to "artistic differences", he is determined to defy his critics by performing every single genre of theatre in under 60 minutes, thus saving the performing arts from their inevitable extinction. A hilarious new physical comedy about overambition and underachievement from Damien Warren-Smith and director Cal McCrystal. 'An anarchic play-date with a six-foot-two toddler with a mop of fuzzy hair, no inhibitions and far too much raspberry cordial on board. It's an exhilarating feeling' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). **** (Herald Sun).
Games by Henry Naylor
Theatre (new writing)
Europe is fractured; economies faltering. Anti-Semitism and right-wing populism are surging. The world's biggest sporting event is threatened with a boycott. The year is 1936, and fencer Helene Mayer has been selected as the Nazi's token Jewish athlete for the Berlin Games. But she is about to find she is fighting for more than just gold... Based on a true story, Games is a cautionary tale for our troubled times, by three-time Fringe First winner Naylor. 'Brilliant' (Guardian). 'One of our best new playwrights' ***** (Times). Completely sold out 2016-17. Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh winner.
Theatre (clown, comedy)
Paris. 1650-ish. Impotence is illegal. When a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. But can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop... from being one? The creators of Fringe 2016 hit Meet Fred team up with clown supremos Spymonkey to present an anarchic, slightly rude, hilarious slice of stupidity with live music and unfeasibly large wigs. 'Brilliantly absurd.....bizarre, hilarious and incredibly witty' ***** (TheReviewsHub.com). 'A big thrusting hit' (ASIW.co.uk).
Comedy (satire, sketch show)
Nobody is safe. From President Trump to the President's Club, Brexit to Bitcoin, politicians and celebrities alike come under fire in a turbo-charged barrage of bladder-threateningly funny songs and sketches brimming with punchlines. This multi award-winning show is flawlessly delivered by four outstanding performers at lightning speed expertly accompanied by an onstage Musical Director. NewsRevue's exceptional writing, superlative performances and ever-original takes on current affairs have made it a Guinness World Record breaker, Fringe First winner and a Perrier finalist. 100% brand-new content and new cast every year.
Tudur Owen: Undemanding
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
Another joyous stand-up show from BAFTA Award-winning comedian and father of Welsh people, Tudur Owen. Greatness doesn't come easily to Tudur, so he's given up trying and thinks the rest of the world should do the same. In his quest for underachievement, he's realised that if you aim for the moon and miss you'll be long dead before you reach any stars. Join him as he romps through tales of royal meetings, immortality and a very anxious dog. 'Riotously funny' **** (TheReviewsHub.com). As heard on BBC Radio 4's The Now Show.
Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo
Cabaret and Variety (music, comedy)
With sharp humour and a soulful, soaring voice in a show that illuminates her love-hate relationship with "bad boyfriend" America. The New York chanteuse delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy, unpacking the feelings for her country with belting songs and her trademark wit. 'Boasts a powerhouse set of pipes and personality galore' ***** (Times). 'If you only see one cabaret show this year, see Lady Rizo' **** (Time Out). 'Sensational... A fierce but kind-hearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock 'n' roll' (New York Times).
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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