SUNDAY 11th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
The Aretha Franklin Story
Journey through the incredible life and music of the Queen of Soul – the most charted female of the 21st century! Featuring hit artist Cleopatra Higgins, as seen in West End hit show Thriller Live, 90s chart-topping band Cleopatra (Comin' Atcha) and the finals of The Voice supported by will.i.am who described her as 'an amazing artist'. A fascinating tribute to the undisputed soul queen and 21-time Grammy winner delivered in Night Owl’s signature show-umentary format. Includes hits Respect, Think, Natural Woman and many more. 'She’s on fire' (Tom Jones). 'I was blown away' (Jessie J).
Steve Bugeja: Single Mum
Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
Steve helped his single mum find her Prince Charming all while learning his times tables. (He was seven). The host of Radio 4’s Economics with Subtitles returns following four critically-acclaimed shows. As seen on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), The Zoe Ball Show (ITV1), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Love Island Aftersun (ITV2) and Comedy Up Late (ABC TV) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 'Steve's a charming, likeable stand-up with a set packed with gags' (Sunday Post). 'An eye for comic detail that's all his own' (Guardian). 'Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling' (Scotsman).
Pete Firman & The Amazing TBC
Comedy (magic, stand-up)
Come and witness the first and possibly final performance of The World’s Greatest Magical Double Act! Award-winning magician/comedian Pete Firman returns to the Fringe with a magic show like you've never seen before. As seen on Tonight at the London Palladium, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. Every night he will be joined by a different special guest who has no previous conjuring experience. Together they will perform jaw-dropping magic without any rehearsal. Unplanned! Unpredictable! Unwise! 'Spellbinding' (List). 'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic' (Telegraph).
Garry Starr Conquers Troy
Comedy (theatre, physical theatre)
Having single-handedly saved the performing arts in 2018 with his multi award-winning debut solo show, comic wunderkind Garry Starr delivers another anarchic drama masterclass to remember. Acting was invented by the ancient Greeks. Before that, people were just pretending. With the release of his groundbreaking new book An Actor Pretends, Starr delves deep into his Greek ancestry to enlighten us all with the ancient art of Pretendism, thus saving the performing arts from the evil clutches of Method Acting. **** (Guardian). **** (Scotsman). **** (Evening Standard).
Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders
Written and directed by Adrian Jackson. ‘I was murdered once’. Shocking stories (and wild speculations) about the lives and deaths of homeless people. A Windrush generation boxer, a Polish migrant marked with a tattoo and a man with a bottle of gin and a television in his shopping trolley. Playfully serious and seriously playful. Last seen at the Fringe with Cathy in 2017, Cardboard Citizens return with an eye-opening collection of homeless histories. Are we mere bystanders?
Jo Caulfield: Voodoo Doll
Award-winning comedian. Razor-sharp. Sarcastic. Hilarious. Unmissable. Featured on Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show, Just a Minute and Stop the Press. 'One of Britain’s smartest comics' ***** (Scotsman). 'Jo Caulfield is everything the comedy Fringe is about' ***** (Herald). 'Jokes and observations so well crafted she makes the whole endeavour seem effortless' ***** (SGFringe.com). 'A fearless tour de force' ***** (DailyBusinessGroup.co.uk). 'There is a reason her shows are constantly selling out, she’s fantastic' ***** (ThreeWeeks). Sell-out show 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
Theatre (tap, a cappella)
Welcome to Noise Boys – the brand-new tap dancing and beatboxing spectacular show that is set to take the world by storm. Featuring multi award-winning champion beatboxers, world-class tap dancers and some of the finest street musicians in the country, Noise Boys is a high-octane and exhilarating show combining outstanding physical skills with incredible musicianship and rhythm. Audiences of all ages will love this show from the stars and creators of Choir of Man, Gobsmacked and The Magnets... sit back and prepare to be amazed by the charm and sheer, unadulterated talent of the Noise Boys!
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)