TUESDAY 7th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Fringe Wives Club: Glittery Clittery
Comedy (cabaret, theatre)
Winner: Best Cabaret, Adelaide Fringe 2018. Nominated: Best Newcomer, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017. 'A cult feminist disco not to miss' ***** (Fest). Named a Top Five Adelaide Fringe Show by the Guardian, this champagne-fuelled power trio are unleashing their debut with original songs, epic dance moves and an explosion of sequins! This ‘irresistibly energetic’ (Chortle.co.uk) extravaganza is fierce, feminist and furiously funny. Starring Victoria Falconer (Time Out London's Top 10 Cabaret Stars, EastEnd Cabaret), Tessa Waters (Winner: Best Comedy Weekly, Adelaide Fringe 2017) and Rowena Hutson (Winner: Best Comedy, Melbourne Fringe 2015).
A Clown Show About Rain
Theatre (physical theatre, clown)
Following the ‘audacious’ (**** (Scotsman)) and critically acclaimed Follow Suit, Silent Faces return to the Fringe with more physical political fooling in the heart-warming A Clown Show About Rain. Forth, Cromarty and Dogger find themselves all at sea in this dazzling look at the unpredictable nature of our mental health. Fusing together clowning with beautiful visuals and physical theatre, Silent Faces see what it is to try to battle the elements when your weatherproofing is failing. Praise for Follow Suit: 'Comic and compelling' **** (Stage). 'Hilarious and perfectly timed' ***** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk).
My Kind of Michael
Theatre (storytelling, comedy)
Ever since he was a kid, Nick has loved Michael Barrymore. In this heartfelt and playful tribute, Nick invites you to examine the turbulent relationship between showman and spectator. Using his unique and praised style of storytelling, and Barrymore's iconic shticks, Nick intertwines his own personal stories with tales of Barrymore's rise to fame and ultimate downfall. With live music and gags-a-plenty, it promises to be 'Alwight'! Nick returns to Summerhall after his 2016 hit Bubble Schmeisis. Created with Danny Braverman (Wot? No Fish!!).
Theatre (storytelling, new writing)
'My neighbours leave their flat one morning but don't return. Al and Evie, married 40 years, no kids. I have their spare keys. I cannot resist.' Award-winning writer/performer Molly Taylor pieces together the story of two lives intertwined. Vivid and lyrical, Extinguished Things is a captivating exploration of what it means to spend your life with someone, and the nature of what you leave behind. 'Fragile and utterly beautiful… reminds us of the reason we're alive' ***** (Herald). 'A monologue of extraordinary exuberance and power' **** (Scotsman). Love Letters to the Public Transport System: Critics Circle Award, Adelaide.
A Sockful of Custard
Jeremy Stockwell and Chris Larner celebrate British comedy legend Spike Milligan with 90 minutes of laughs, songs, philosophy and utter, utter silliness. Milligan - a man of great sensitivity, insight and comedic invention - redefined the landscape of British comedy on stage, TV and radio. In the year of Spike’s 100th birthday, Stockwell and Larner sift through the madness and find only more of it. Playing Spike and those who surrounded him, they explore his invention, delight in his influence and look to discover what made him tick. Some nonsense here to cure a crazy world.
Ben Hart: The Nutshell
Cabaret and Variety (magic)
West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Total Fringe sell-out show 2014 and 2017. Best Magic Show, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards. 'Devilishly clever' **** (Scotsman). 'Mind-blowing... supreme master of the vanishing act. He really is a must see. Don't miss him' ***** (Advertiser). 'Makes sceptics become believers' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'I was left gobsmacked after every trick. Ben Hart will have you believing in magic' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). 'Utterly enchanting' **** (Daily Mail).
Jess Robinson: No Filter
Multi award-winning Jess Robinson returns with more spot on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics. Jess and her incredible live band take you on a dizzying journey through hilarious impressions - from Shakira to Streisand via Adele, Lady Gaga and even Kate Bush - serving up a feast of musical styles and genres. As seen on The Last Leg (Channel 4), Murder in Successville (BBC Three), Dead Ringers (BBC Two), Re-dub (Sky One), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and Britain’s Got Talent. 'Naturally funny. Pitch perfect' (Telegraph).
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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