WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST 2017
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
News Revue 2017
Guinness World Record-breaking, Fringe First-winning, Perrier finalist, news-based song and sketch show. In need of a cathartic dose of comic exasperation? Book now for the longest-running live comedy show in the world. Flawlessly delivered by a four-strong, tooth-achingly talented cast expertly accompanied by an on-stage musical director. All in the spirit of free expression with brand new material each year. Expect to hear about the demise of democracy, Brexit and, of course, the unavoidable Trump! ‘Comic genius - NewsRevue has the very useful capacity to turn our political anger into laughter... Sensational!' (Sky News).
The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries
The award-winning comedian Alasdair Beckett-King is legendary, in that there is little historical evidence he exists. But he does exist. His debut solo show opens a cabinet of curiosities, tackling the conundrums of impending extinction, archaic axioms, emotional repression and vegan flimflam. Come and see it, please. Winner Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017. 'One to watch' (Time Out). 'A bold and fresh comedy voice' (The Stage). 'Delicious writing and exceptional observations (Chortle.co.uk). 'Clever and quirky without ever being inaccessible' (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk). As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
The Power Behind the Crone
Alison Skilbeck's serio-comic celebration of Shakespeare's older women, directed by Tim Hardy. 'There are no good parts in Shakespeare for older women'. Professor Artemis Turret, played by Alison Skilbeck, sets out to refute these words in an illustrated lecture. Her old chum, international star Dame Bunti Smart, who was to perform the speeches, lets her down. Professor Turret is forced to unveil her own hidden theatrical talents in seven wildly contrasting roles. Skilbeck's five-star Mrs Roosevelt Flies To London had a near sold-out run at Assembly last year.
Frankie Vah by Luke Wright
We all want something to believe in. It's 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics, and skuzzy indie stardom. But can he keep it all down? Following the multi award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright's second verse play deals with love, loss and belief, against a backdrop of grubby indie venues and 80s politics. Expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache. Written and performed in deft verse by Fringe First and Stage Award for Acting Excellence winner Luke Wright. 'Pulsating, poetic story-telling' **** (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).
Not About Heroes
Stephen Macdonald's Fringe First-winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated WWI poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917 and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards and is embarking on a world tour, commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play and of the Armistice. 'Recreates the Great War as tangibly as if the theatre had filled with the smoke and stench of the battlefield. Compelling and superbly performed' (BritishTheatreGuide.info).
The UK's leading political comedian and host of Unspun presents a show completely changed by events which haven’t yet happened. Ultra-topical comedy as seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time. Now with added Trump. 'Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe' ***** (Telegraph). 'A first-class comic' (Guardian). 'Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy’s brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minute observations' **** (Mail on Sunday).
The Jive Aces With Amy Baker
UK's No 1 Jive/Swing band are renowned for their high-energy swinging sounds and spectacular stage show. Their award-winning, viral video, Bring Me Sunshine, has 3 million views online. They were the first live band to reach the final rounds of Britain's Got Talent. They've performed for the Queen; worked with Van Morrison and played Royal Albert Hall and Glastonbury Festival. Special guest, Amy Baker, is a sensational young singer, whose hot bluesy vocals invoke Ella Fitzgerald and Lavern Baker. ‘Absolutely Brilliant!’ (Simon Cowell). ‘Simply Sensational!’ (Stage). ‘True Showmanship!’ (Telegraph.co.uk).
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.
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"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent"
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5th-27th Aug 2017
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