SATURDAY 10th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Jonny & the Baptists Love Edinburgh and Hate Bastards
We live in a divided world and we want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now 'populist' means 'I'm a shit'? Answer: we love everyone. Oh, except bastards. Everyone hates bastards, right? We agree. Multi-award nominated* musical-activist-comedians, Jonny & The Baptists, are sick of being political and divisive. This show is about how everything is definitely fine. Let's just get along! 'Excellent' **** (Guardian). 'Wickedly funny' **** (Times). 'Lovely' **** (Scotsman). 'Superbly crafted' **** (Metro). 'Disgraceful' *** (Telegraph)... (bastards). *We've lost five times, won no times.
A sparkling comedy classic and international hit show from 'one of the world's greatest clowns' (La Repubblica). Paolo Nani, alone on stage, with props that can be held in a suitcase and without saying a single word, performs 15 acts, all of them based on the same theme, but played in 15 hilarious versions. Stuffed with gags from start to finish, this ingenious performance has had audiences throughout the world in stitches, winning awards and critical acclaim in 45 countries! Suitable for all ages and nationalities, Paolo Nani brings his cult show to Scotland for the first time.
Do Our Best
Theatre (new writing, comedy)
Self-obsessed Sephie finds herself back in the sanctuary of the Girl Guides following the death of her Mother. In a last ditch effort to fend off eternal unhappiness she attempts achieving her Entertainers badge for the fourth time. A devastating comedy about how to harness your grief, find your pack and never giving up. From 2018's double Fringe-First winning Francesca Moody Productions (Angry Alan, Square Go), written and performed by fast-rising Remy Beasley (Stella, Sky) and directed by Fringe First Award winner, Hannah Banister. 'An incredible comedy acting and writing talent' (Ruth Jones, on Remy Beasley).
Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Expats
Theatre (performance art)
Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta. Lads on tour and ‘the rising stars of performance art’ (Telegraph) Sh!t Theatre went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found mystery and murder in the fight to be European. Here it is, another excuse for the multi award-winning Sh!t Theatre to get drunk on stage. **** (Guardian). **** (Sunday Times). **** (Scotsman).
James McNicholas: The Boxer
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
James' grandad, Terry Downes, became world middleweight champion in 1961. By contrast, James' school PE teacher once told him he was so unfit he'd be dead by the time he was 23. This is a story about boxing told by someone who's never boxed. His glasses would come off, for a start. Solo debut from one third of critically-acclaimed sketch act BEASTS (**** (Times), **** (Telegraph), **** (Metro)). James is also one of the stars and writers of the BBC's Horrible Histories. Directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Tom Parry.
Rhys Nicholson – Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations
Rhys Nicholson is a nice man who is doing his best. 'Most comedians would kill to hear the almost unending screams of laughter Nicholson manages to extract from a crowd' **** (Time Out). 'He grabs the gig by scruff of the neck and comics the life out of it' ***** (One4Review.co.uk). 'Quite simply, blisteringly funny' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'Sheer comedy brilliance' **** (List). Best International Show winner, NZ International Comedy Festival. Best Comedy Performer nominee, Helpmann Awards. Best Show nominee, Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Art of Believing – Flamenco
Music (dance, flamenco)
Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company presents Art of Believing, a must-see powerful flamenco performance bursting with passion and authenticity. Daniel's unique production boasts incredible musicians (singers, guitarists, percussionists, a violinist and a dancer), joining Daniel in a mesmerising and evocative flamenco music/dance show. Art of Believing debuted in Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre in 2017. Since, the Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company has been touring with sell-out theatre performances and gracing the stages of prestigious guitar festivals. After 2018's hugely successful Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Daniel returns with his vibrant and exciting production full of fantastic new material.
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)