WEDNESDAY 8th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
12:45pm-2.15pm
Tickets: £12.00
Modern Maori Quartet: Two Worlds
Music (cabaret, comedy)
New Zealand's favourite showband return to the Fringe with the world premiere of a new work. Two Worlds brings about a timely return to Modern Maori Quartet's theatrical beginnings. With signature style and humour, Two Worlds weaves together four stories that unfold the fabric of Maori musical culture. Layering a uniquely Kiwi narrative to their soaring harmonies and classic quirky charm, the award-winning Modern Maori Quartet invite you to experience their take on what it really means to be Maori in this day and age. 'Killer harmonies and old school cabaret…' ***** (TheWeeReview.com).
Kevin Quantum: And for My Next Trick
Comedy (magic)
Magician-scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum activates his silly side with comedy sketch-magic. This fast-paced show has more blow-your-brains tricks than you can shake a wand at and will make you laugh. Nominated at the Scottish Comedy Awards and award winner at the 2018 and 2017 Adelaide Fringe - Kevin will rock your socks off. And you won't even have to take off your shoes. 'Comic genius and daring magic wonder of the world' ***** (ThisIsRadelaide.com.au). 'Part science, part magic, part comedy, all genius' ****1/2 (Cream Magazine). **** (Herald).
Drenched
Theatre (comedy, storytelling)
Daniel Drench - West Cornwall's most prolific and unstable storyteller - presents a bewildering and potentially moving interpretation of the classic Cornish folk tale The Mermaid of Zennor. Award-winning Third Man Theatre are back with a comedy-theatre piece that combines storytelling, stand-up and physical theatre. 'Dan Frost is a compelling performer... I found it both funny and moving in equal measure' (Michael Grandage CBE). 'My friend was still feeling the laughter cheek-ache the next day... a tender insight mental illness and fragility' (Cornishman).
KillyMuck
Theatre (new writing, true-life)
Inspired by real events, Killymuck is a housing estate built on a paupers graveyard in 1970s Ireland. Niamh navigates life through the parameters of growing up, with the trials and tribulations of being a kid from the benefit class system. Lack of opportunity, educational barriers, impoverishment, addiction and depression are the norms as the struggle to escape the underclass stereotype becomes a priority. From school trips organised as cross-community excursions to unite a fractured post troubles town, to finding the humour within an estate crippled with misfortune. From award-winning, critically acclaimed writer of Belfast Boy, Wasted, Mule.
Casting Off
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (acrobatics, comedy)
Intergenerational circus with lots to say: the personal is political, fury is fun and the acrobatics downright dangerous - especially when life gets in the way. Casting off stereotypes, these dynamic Australian women tumble, talk, fly, and balance precariously. A disarming, hilarious show about living on the edge and talking about it; and how its easier done than said. Circus that makes you laugh and cry simultaneously! Relaxed, personal and fantastically inappropriate.
Laura Lexx: Trying
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Comedy (stand-up)
'One can only hope there's some life-altering catastrophe around the corner for Lexx' (BroadwayBaby.com). Luckily, the award-winning comedian with 'superb material, brilliant delivery and irresistible personality' (**** TheWeeReview.com), has had a breakdown. Laura spent 2017 trying to get through therapy, trying the patience of everyone and trying unsuccessfully for a baby. She's done trying now; it's time to laugh. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and Absolute Radio. Winner: Best Compere, UK Comedy Awards 2017. Amused Moose Comedy Award finalist 2016. 'Exceptionally funny' **** (One4Review.com). 'A joy' (Independent). 'Real comedic steel' (Guardian).
Mervyn Stutter
Your Host
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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