SUNDAY 25th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Cleopatra Higgins for Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin Story
Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin Story 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'. Includes hits Proud Mary, Simply the Best, We Don’t Need Another Hero and many more. 'She’s on fire' (Tom Jones).
2019: as seen BBC SCOTLAND
Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (contemporary, dance)
Inspired by one of Taiwan’s most beautiful Buddhist ceremonies, Floating Flowers is a fabulously dynamic expression of body and spirit. A gorgeous tribe of eight are pushed and pulled through the swirling rhythms of a dance that reveals the tumult beneath peaceful surfaces. Po-Cheng Tsai’s work is an artful fusion of martial arts, classical ballet, folk dance and contemporary movement. Set to a propulsively cinematic score, Floating Flowers lets its cast ride waves of wild and sometimes playful motion.
2019: ★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide, ★★★★★ The Wee Review, ★★★★ The List, ★★★★ The Scotsman, ★★★★ Seeing Dance, ★★★★ Fest
'The alarm rings. You take a breath. Then it starts. Sitting at the back of the bus, skipping the lunch queue and skiving lessons'. At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different. Adapted from real-life testimonies, award-winning theatre company LUNG examine our failing care system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent.
2019: ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide, ★★★★★ one4review, ★★★★ The Scotsman, ★★★★ The List, ★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★ Fest, ★★★★ To Do List
INTERBEING – Stories from a Current War
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (true-life, music)
A visual rhapsody of stunning physicality and original music, using artefacts as props and documentary photography for script. Award-winning international company debuts a tour-de-force troupe of Ukrainian artists to tell a story about the root of human conflict. INTERBEING explores the themes present in the semi-autobiographical testimonies from our research, from love to the post-traumatic syndrome. Acrobatics, object animation and live music in a world premiere of 'five-star theatre' (Berria). 'Like never before in history, interconnectedness is the means of our survival' (Lord Ashdown).
2019: ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
Divet Show: The Greatest Divas
Divet Show will bring glitter, glamour, fun and over 30 world-class stars like Adele, Whitney, Celine, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Freddie Mercury, Cher... all impersonated by one man, Marko Vainio, accompanied by his drag dancers! Marko Vainio is an award-winning impersonator and has been on the road for over 15 years, doing over 2000 shows already. Recently the show was on a sold-out tour in the biggest cities in Finland. He has also performed in Denmark, Czech Republic, Spain and Turkey. Join him live for an evening you won't forget!
Tom Stade: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
All new material from prolific Canadian superstar. The kids have moved out and it's the dawn of a new era! Tom's embracing change with his usual spirit and vigour; he can draw lessons from the past but he'll be damned if he lives in it. What's coming is way better than what has gone! 30 years on the comedy frontline and this comedy legend remains as engaging and innovative as ever. 'Swagger of a rock star, charisma of a talk show host. Hilarious. See for yourself before the secret gets out' (Warrington Guardian).
Havana After Dark
'The World premiere of a breathtaking new Cuban dance show, created in Havana. Sexy, spectacular, unmissable. Ballet, Salsa, Mambo, Rumba, Hip Hop, Afro-funk, Reggaeton. Featuring gorgeous dancers from Carlos Acosta's company, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet Revolución, Henry Gual Danza, and live music from a sensational seven- piece salsa band. Dirty Dancing, Havana style. Created by five-time Fringe First-winning director Toby Gough to celebrate the 500-year anniversary of Havana. My Heart is in Havana - Camila Cabello
2019: ★★★★★ The Scotsman, ★★★★★ Deadline News, ★★★★ The List
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)
The 'Spirit of the Fringe' Awards Show