3rd - 24th August 2024 (not 15th, 22nd),

12.40pm - 2.10pm


"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."

SCOTSMAN

FRIDAY 11th AUGUST 2023

Pleasance One, Venue 33

12.40pm-2.10pm

Tickets: £15.00


TODAY'S SHOWS


Katherine and Pierre

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (drag, comedy)

It's Friday morning. We meet Pierre in his office. In walks Katherine... their eyes lock. It's pure passion and sexual chemistry. After a work do, they find themselves in bed with one another... Built around a musical playlist of Katy Perry, the pair find themselves overcoming constant relationship problems. Katherine and Pierre thrills through a physically heightened and tightly choreographed drag world. Bobbie Twaddle and Ellie Begley amaze on all aspects. Whether it's spinning wildly on office chairs or lip-syncing to classics, TalkSmall promises to deliver a queer, passionate and enjoyable experience!


Annabel Marlow... is this okay??

Comedy (musical comedy, character comedy)

From SIX (Edinburgh Fringe original cast), Public (Vaults) and several perfect pictures (Instagram) Annabel Marlow makes her solo debut. Enjoy a comedy gig (we’re making it a thing!) of original music, perfect singing (not even kidding), and absolute vibes. This show explores love (whatever that is!), contraception (modern!), graphic designers (nooo!), having opinions (or not!), overthinking (she sounds cute!) and just how much attention one girl apparently needs. So put down the knitting, and bring a hot single friend to watch Annabel perform all these songs and jokes about literally herself and maybe three others.


Laser Kiwi: Rise of the Olive

Comedy (circus)

Join the world's only surreal, sketch, award-winning circus troupe on a wild ride as they bring people closer together, one olive at a time. Expect bizarre ideas, high-level circus and a bloody good night out. Winners of the Overall Circus Award at FringeWorld 2023. Winners of Best Circus and Physical Theatre at Adelaide Fringe 2019. 'Fall-down funny, absolutely top shelf' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Hilarious and impressive in equal measure' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). Supported by Creative New Zealand.


How to Be Dumped: A Sort of Magic Show

Cabaret and Variety (magic, musical comedy)

The world is desperate for more one-man musical-comedy magic mind-reading shows about a break-up in your early thirties, and actor and magician Sam Lupton (Wicked, Avenue Q) is more than happy to oblige. Original songs, thrilling magic and pleasurably invasive mind-reading that will take your breath away – just like being unexpectedly dumped! Sam takes an irreverent look at the meaning of relationships using magic, a piano and his mouth. Contains adult themes.


Yippee Ki Yay (the Die Hard parody)

Theatre (drama, adaptation)

Acclaimed, joyfully funny retelling of classic film Die Hard by Fringe First-winner Richard Marsh, starring Darrel Bailey. When gunmen seize an LA skyscraper, off-duty policeman John McClane is the hostages' only hope. This uplifting action romp pays affectionate tribute to the iconic 80s fan favourite. Essential viewing for Hans Gruber superfans and newcomers alike, the show returns following a London transfer and tour. 'Die Hard fan or not... guarantees happy trails' **** (Guardian). 'Epically entertaining' **** (Times). 'Exciting, poetic dramedy gem' **** (Scottish Daily Mail). 'Genius creation' **** (Daily Mail). 'Rollicking fun!' (BritishTheatreGuide.info).


My Last Two Brain Cells

Comedy (character comedy, clown)

Vault Festival People's Choice Award nominee 2023. When disaster strikes in Gary's brain, it's up to his brain cells to try and fix everything. Unfortunately, they've all jumped ship and we're stuck with these two idiots. Can brain cell number 12 and 64,928,460,784 put aside their differences to save Gary's life? Probably not. But hey, it's an extremely chaotic, fast-paced hour of stupidly dumb comedy that'll leave you wanting to come back for more!


A Comedy of Operas

Musicals and Opera (theatre, comedy)

Award-winning musical comedy with a live opera, rock and pop soundtrack! A spectacular love story, set in the striking and colourful world of opera — fusing pop hits with the world's favourite arias, including many you didn't realise you already knew! Highly original, sublimely talented, utterly hilarious. Five exceptional singers bring their own signature style of physical comedy to this award-winning show that's been enjoyed around the globe. This is opera for everyone. ***** (Time Out). ***** (Le Parisien). ***** (Paris Match). ***** (Platea). ***** (ABC Madrid).***** (O Globo) No spoken word! Perfect for international audiences!


Mervyn Stutter

Host and Compere

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, he 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. 'Pick of the Fringe' started life as 'Have you seen anything good?', a show to help answer the perennial Fringe-goer question. The title was changed to 'Pick of the Fringe' in 1994 and it he has built it up into one of the must-see Fringe shows.

“Mervyn Stutter is very, very good as compere of this chat show, for to make such a showcase work requires skill, talent and quick reactions. Stutter works the crowd like the showman he is.”

THE OBSERVER


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