SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Marcel Lucont: No. Dix
Comedy (cabaret, stand-up)
The Fringe's favourite Frenchman returns for his tenth year with an exquisite new show and a live band to abuse. Expect wit sharper than a pint of English wine, poems sexier than an art déco brothel and jibes more devastating than an ill-judged referendum. Catch the Gallic symbol at the height of his imperial phase. 'Fresh, accessible, hilarious' (Guardian). 'Excellently dry' (Times). 'Comedy at its best' ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). As seen on BBC1's The John Bishop Show, Sky Atlantic's Set List and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store.
Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
Daliso shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent and has gone on to amass over 100 million YouTube views, write and star in his critically acclaimed Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere, and appear on The Apprentice: You're Fired, News Quiz and The Now Show. In his hilarious, daring new show, Daliso looks at disgraced, blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we're ashamed we once admired. There's also the small matter of family member arrests, exploding buildings in his home country and the enterprising Malawian who tried to blackmail him.
The War of the Worlds
Theatre (adaptation, physical theatre)
'No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched...' But we did believe. Written with Isley Lynn (Skin A Cat) and inspired by Orson Welles' radio broadcast, The War of the Worlds explores the ongoing power of fake events to cause real reactions. Intense, unsettling and entertaining, this super-smart and multi-layered show proves that in dark times the truth is a precious commodity. **** (Guardian). **** (Observer). **** (Stage). Winners: The Stage Edinburgh Award 2018 (Mistero Buffo) Pleasance Indie, Best Theatre Production 2017 (Testosterone).
The Nights by Henry Naylor
A returning Jihadi bride, an Islamophobic journalist, and an antique dealer with a violent past all collide in a dark, timely tale. Three-time Fringe First-winner Naylor is a leading writer on the international Fringe circuit; his plays having won or been nominated for over 35 global awards. 'The Fringe's unofficial star-writer-in-residence' (Mark Lawson, Spectator). 'Naylor seems to have taken the mantle of writers like Athol Fugard: to make theater by telling the stories that matter' (DCTheatreScene.com). 'One of our best new writers' (Ann Treneman, Times).
Magical Bones: Black Magic
Cabaret and Variety (magic)
The star of international stage hit Impossible makes his much-anticipated Edinburgh Fringe debut. Direct from appearances on BBC One's BAFTAs, ITV1's This Morning and Sky's Around The World in 80 Tricks, and his acclaimed London residency, join one of the most explosive names in street magic today as he effortlessly combines intricate sleight of hand with jaw dropping break-dance moves in one of the most awe-inspiring shows you'll see this festival. 'What is happening on stage really is magic' (Telegraph). 'Magical Bones performance is stunning' (Evening Standard).
Leo Kearse: Transgressive
Comedy (Stand up, satire)
Leo's previous show Right-Wing Comedian was banned from venues following allegations of transphobia, despite being written with a transwoman he dated. His new show is a candid account of sex and censorship, ripping into political correctness, environmentalists and 'wokeness'. But most of all the Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017/18 is shockingly funny. Not for people who sign online petitions. As seen on BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals and the Comedy Store. 'Kearse is seriously good. Quick, funny, smart and to the point... Hilarious' (Scotsman). 'A giant of the art' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Genuinely offensive... A traumatic experience' (TheNationalStudent.com).
Theatre (music, performance art)
How unlikely is your fleeting existence? This nine-piece, multi award-winning progressive brass band embark on a curious audio-theatrical journey. Replete with intricate rhythms, enormous choral harmonies, dynamic choreography and ruminations about stars and happenstance. This is gig-theatre which contemplates our baffling origins and the tiny stories entwined within. Bursting with triumphant horns, fascination and wonder. ‘Completely extraordinary’ (BBC Radio 6 Music). ‘High-energy progressive brass’ (Guardian).
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.
Pleasance One photos
'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
3rd-25th Aug 2019
(not 15th, 22nd)