THURSDAY 9th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Wrenne: I Said Yes to Everything
Music (musical theatre, pop)
Enthralling one-woman musical narrative. Post-Mormon to UK transplant Wrenne performs her unique multimedia show about the struggle between her two selves: onstage and onscreen. Driven by compelling, melodic electropop, it's a journey-is-the-destination tale with unexpected twists. Art meets athleticism, tech meets song, dreams meet reality. As if Björk met Pink at Cirque - all to a stellar soundtrack that features guests Gary Clark and Idris Elba! Early press on Wrenne: 'Extraordinary' (Janice Forsyth, BBC Scotland). 'Absolutely incredible' (Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing). 'Stunning, beautiful' (Ewen Cameron, STV).
Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Ashley Blaker isn't your average Orthodox Jewish man. He's also an internationally acclaimed comedian and now, for the first time, is performing a show for us gentiles, direct from his off-Broadway run. How did a secular Jewish comedy producer end up becoming ultra-orthodox? How does he live between two very different worlds? As heard on BBC Radio 4. 'Has audiences on the floor' (Jerusalem Post). 'Relentlessly funny... Blaker brings something totally unprecedented to stand-up' (Jewish Chronicle). 'A wittier man than I'll ever be' (Matt Lucas, Little Me).
Enter the Dragons
Comedy (clown, theatre)
Enter the Dragons is a riotous, surreal odyssey exploring the pressures facing women as they age. Described as the WI run by The Mighty Boosh. Expect fantastical characters, ridiculous puppetry and extreme wigs. A knock-out combination of joy and dissent which gives ageing a good kick up the arse. Bobby winner Best Show Brighton Fringe 2017. 'They marry hilarity and sincerity with remarkable precision' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Utterly hilarious, simply ingenious' **** (TheReviewsHub.com). 'Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards are a brilliant comedy coupling: sharp as a witch’s nose, sparkly as Cinderella’s slippers. A fabulously entertaining evening' (Total Theatre).
Theatre (solo show, drama)
Meet Grace Miller. Gobby, brash and a talented pianist. Just out of prison, she is determined to get her broken life back together. A convicted killer, Gracie still has old wounds to heal and bitter scores to settle. Becky Williams plays Grace, addressing her audience with candour as she battles the demons of addiction, violence and music. Grace Notes asks the question: what does it take to get a second chance in life? A powerful and gripping one-woman show, written and performed by Becky Williams.
Theatre (physical theatre)
Inspired by the first man in America to plead insanity as his defence, award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts examine the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism. Throughout time and across waters, from William Freeman to Sarah Reed, six true stories are threaded together and told through physical theatre, spoken word, gospel singing, shadow puppetry and more. History is bound to repeat itself when the thumb is permanently bearing down on the loop button, so has anything really changed? 'The play capitalises on the company's impressive versatility and a searing rage against injustice' (WhatsOnLive.co.uk).
Stephen Bailey: Our Kid
From ITV2's Safeword and CelebAbility, ITV's Weekend with Aled, Comedy Central's Live at the Comedy Store, Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side and having supported Katherine Ryan on her UK tour, everyone's favourite 'guilty pleasure' (Daily Record) returns with a story that is full of northern warmth, some working-class guilt and a bit of blue. 'Stephen's show was hilarious from the first line, and for the whole performance I don't think a single joke died' ***** (VoiceMag.uk). ***** (FringeGuru.com). ***** (One4Review.co.uk). **** (Sunday Express). **** (Herald). **** (ScotsGay.co.uk).
The Red Shoes
Theatre (adaptation, physical theatre)
A reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's tale, the 'superbly talented' (List) Young Pleasance bring the glitz, glamour, and seedy underworld of interwar Berlin to life with characteristic high production values, 'sheer professionalism and talent' (EdinburghGuide.com). Follow Lotta as her Red Shoes lead her on a rags-to-riches journey from the steps of the orphanage through the hedonism of its dance halls, and finally as an actress on the silver screen as Germany teeters on the brink of disaster. Vivaciously light with disturbingly dark undertones. 'Always one of the hottest tickets at the Fringe' (The730Review.co.uk).
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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