Frequently Asked Questions
“Tell me more about this show."
In a nutshell, it is like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe. A showcase of some of the best talent on the Fringe selected from all the different genres on offer, whether it be Theatre, Comedy, Dance, Clowning, Acrobats, Circus, Opera, Spoken Word, or the indefinable. Each day seven different Fringe shows are invited to perform a five minute extract of their show followed by a five minute interview with Mervyn. This gives the audience a true flavour of each show plus some interesting background information about the performer(s) involved. Armed with these insights, audience members can confidently pick the shows they liked and then go to see the whole performances. And do please note that Mervyn's 'Pick of the Fringe' showcase is completely different every day so you can come back more than one time during the Fringe. Over the past 26 years no two PotF shows have ever been the same!

"Is it just 'big names' and 'comedy' like most of the 'Best of...' shows on the Fringe?"
No and no! The focus of the showcase is to find truly talented performers and exceptional shows from all the different genres regardless of their showbiz status. We do pride ourselves in trying to find shows that don’t have the big budgets, management, or PR that the more established acts have, but we do not limit ourselves in any way; if the show is great and worth shouting about, we will invite it to showcase. Of course, if we can, we like to find those hidden gems of the Fringe and bring them to the attention of Fringe-goers but the number one criteria is, "it must be really good". It’s a big old Fringe these days and you may have to sit through a lot of the not-so-good-stuff to find the truly amazing. That's where we come in. We filter the wheat from the chaff for you, hopefully saving you money as well.

"How do you find the shows to showcase?"
Each year, Merv puts together three separate teams of Arts professionals who go out onto the Fringe and sit through hundreds of shows. These teams are drawn from all parts of the Arts Industry, each with their own expertise, and each team works for one week of the Fringe. This ensures a wonderful mix of styles and influences, and it keeps the showcases fresh and vibrant for the entire run.

"Where, When, and How much?"
Where: This year we are at the Pleasance One in the Pleasance Courtyard, Venue 33. It's south of The Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Old Town. It is clearly marked on this Google Map.

When: the show is a 90 minute lunchtime extravaganza between 12:45pm-2.15pm and we start on Saturday 4th August and finish on Sunday 26th August 2018. We have two days off which are Thursday 16th August and Thursday 23rd August. Please note: Our last show on Sunday 26th August is our Awards Show, the Mervyn Stutter 'Spirit of the Fringe' Awards, aka The MERVs.

How much: All shows: £12. Over the 26 years of doing this show we have kept the prices as competitive as we can. We think we've done it again this year with our price of only £8 per hour (please remember, unlike so many shows on the Fringe, this is a 90 minute show).

"Can I find out who the performers are in advance?"
Yes. Scroll up to the top of this page and click the Shows link and pick the day you are interested in. HOWEVER, please be aware that we rarely know the line-ups until the day before so if there is no information available, please check back again in the evening before the showcase date you are interested in. When a show or act is 100% confirmed, our Webby will update the website accordingly. Another way to "be the first to know" would be to join our mailing list and/or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

"Where can I buy tickets?"
There are three ways to buy tickets, you can

1. buy online by clicking here, or

2. book tickets on the telephone by calling the Pleasance Box Office on 0131-556-6550, or

3. buy tickets in person by either going to any Fringe Box Office or any Pleasance Box Office.

"My question hasn’t been answered here. Who should I contact for more information?"
Just send an email to Mervyn and the Team via

We wish you a very happy and fruitful 2018 Edinburgh Fringe and we hope to see you at one of our showcases.

Best wishes
from everyone at Stutter Towers
'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
4th-26th Aug 2018
(not 16th, 23rd)
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