"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."
FRIDAY 12th AUGUST 2022
Pleasance One, Venue 33
Theatre (devised, comedy)
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (acrobatics, cabaret)
Circus for grown ups – a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and twisted burlesque. A non-stop celebration of the astonishing, surprising, subversive and supremely sexy. Winner of Best Circus 2020 Adelaide Fringe, Rouge is back with acts you've loved plus brand-new offerings to shock, delight and tease. Australian circus cabaret at it's finest. 'One badass sizzler of a show' ***** (Daily Mail). 'Rouge redefines what circus is and should be' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'Welcome to a circus for the new age... Brilliant performances... embodies the phrase: filthy and gorgeous' ***** (WeekendNotes.com).
The Greatest Hits of Lily and John
Theatre (new writing, music)
Lily hasn’t heard from John in weeks. His depression has spiralled and he’s recording a final goodbye. When Lily bursts in uninvited, he lies and says he’s writing a play. A play with live music. About… a dressage horse. Committing to the absurd, they enact the horse play, colouring the stage with their fears, phobias, and failures. A bitterly honest, tenderly ridiculous account of modern life and love. Written and performed by Rosanna Adams (RSC’s The Mirror and the Light) and Calum Sivyer (Windmill Theatre’s Cabaret). Supporting The Listening Place.
John Hastings: Do You Have Any Ointment My John Hastings
John Hastings has had to deal with the shit life has thrown at him since 2019… He got a divorce during Covid, his best friend got a terminal diagnosis, he got bed bugs, he nearly got his arm amputated and he did a massive poo in his pants. He has been on telly though: BBC Three if that counts? Oh and... America's Got Talent! ‘Go see him now!’ **** (Herald). ‘Pleasure to watch’ **** (Times). 'Good anecdotes skilfully told by a performer with presence' **** (Chortle.co.uk).
Theatre (music, a cappella)
Choir of Man is the best night in your local you've ever had. It's a party, it's a concert, it's a lock-in like no other. Featuring breathtaking reinventions of chart-topping hits from Guns N' Roses, Adele, Avicii, Paul Simon, Sia and more, in an hour of joy for all ages! Nine multi-talented singers combine stunning harmonies and foot-stomping singalongs in a riotously feel-good homage to that gathering place we've all missed so much: the local pub. With a real working bar on stage, come ready to drink in the action. The first round's on us!
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.”