WEDNESDAY 22nd AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
12:45pm-2.15pm
Tickets: £12.00
Thor and Loki
Musicals and Opera (comedy, theatre)
A new comedy musical by Harry Blake created with House of Blakewell. War rages; the end of the world approaches. The fate of the gods rests on Thor's mighty shoulders, but he hates violence and prefers writing poetry. Half-giant Loki is out for revenge, but beneath her monstrous form lies a heart of gold. Can two misfits find the strength to be themselves? Expect epic battles, fierce ballads and a chorus of tap-dancing trolls in this big-hearted comedy about friends, heroes and changing the world. 'Clever, funny, ultimately touching' **** (Scotsman on We Can Make You Happy)
Matt Price: Last Night a Weegie Saved My Life
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
Friendly Cornish giant Matt Price was going out with a woman. The only problem is that she wasn't going out with him, so Matt spent a year of his life looking like the world's worst stalker. The experience triggered a memory from his childhood. Find out why he pretended to like death metal, why he loves bad performance poetry and how a five-foot-one Glaswegian woman saved his life. 'Fearlessly funny' **** (Scotsman). 'Extraordinary' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Wonderfully funny' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).
In for a Penny
Theatre (new writing, true-life)
'I'm going to prison for parking tickets!' Ever stuck a brown envelope under the couch, unopened? Libby McArthur (River City, The Steamie) shows us what happened to a woman who did just that. Set in a Scottish court and its holding cells, Libby populates the stage with shoplifters, working girls, lawyers, social workers and parking attendants. A darkly funny tale about how easy it is to freefall out of our cosy existences and into our worst nightmares. Written and directed by Scottish BAFTA winner, David Cosgrove.
Tobacco Road
Theatre (physical theatre)
Following their sell-out All Quiet On The Western Front, Greenwich Partnership Award-winners Incognito return with their explosive physical style to tell the story of five resourceful young men and women attempting to carve out a place in the murky underworld of 1920s London. In the wake of the Great War, can they find the fame and wealth they crave or will their desperate need to belong lead to disastrous consequences?
Lost in Thought
Theatre (new writing, drama)
Felicity's on a fantastic date... except she's stuck in the restaurant toilet, trapped by nothing but her own alarming thoughts. A new play from Lucy Danser (**** WhatsOnStage.com for Rachael’s Cafe) about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, wasted potential and motherly love. Drawn both from extensive research and Danser’s first-hand experience of living with OCD, Lost in Thought is a thought-provoking and empathetic exploration of a condition more often used as a flippant punchline than truly understood as a life-altering neurological disorder. Developed with Soho Theatre Young Company.
Simon Evans: Genius 2.0
Comedy
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The Magnets: Naked 80s Volume 2
Music (a cappella, theatre)
Back with more bangers than a Now! double cassette, the hit a cappella show of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 returns to present the 80s remixed. Like Pitch Perfect with shoulder pads, vocal harmony supergroup The Magnets strip away the synths to honour the decade of big snares and bigger hair with their voices alone. Expect gobsmacking beatboxing, vocal gymnastics and heaven-sent harmonies as they revisit the music that inspired them from Mr Mister to Michael Jackson, and The Housemartins to house music. Not to be missed. 'All thriller, no filler' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide).
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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