The Jive Aces
Music (swing, blues)
Get ready to swing with the UK's No1 jive and swing band, The Jive Aces! Semi-finalists on Britain's Got Talent, a Royal Albert Hall sell out and a viral YouTube video, the band has performed for the Queen and celebrities like John Travolta, Priscilla Presley and Van Morrison. They take you on a musical journey from the roots of Elvis to sizzling swing classics, hot jazz to rockin' R&B. An energetic and entertaining show that will lift your spirits! With their infectious music, dazzling musicianship and yellow vintage-style suits, they have won fans all over the world!
Ronnie Golden: Allo Keith! Remembering Barry Cryer
Comedy (musical comedy, music)
Ronnie Golden: Allo Keith! Remembering Barry Cryer. One year on from the passing of the comedy legend, Ronnie, his writing and performing partner for nearly two decades, has put together a show celebrating Barry’s singular career while pondering life’s eternal questions like what does an "occasional table" do the rest of the time? Prepare yourself for comedy anthems from the Cryer/Golden songbook, ribald celebrity tales and enough parrot jokes to fill a small aviary. Golden flits effortlessly from musical impersonation to hilarious one-liners; from self-penned songs to the gobsmackingly bizarre.
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (comedy, family-friendly)
Join Tutu on a hilarious journey, a tribute to dance, where comedy and incredible dance skills intertwine seamlessly. Featuring an all-male cast of six dancers decked out in ever-changing flamboyant costumes. Choreographed by Philippe Lafeuille, Tutu pays homage to the dance world that can sometimes take itself a little too seriously. In Tutu, no one is safe from his playful eye, as he shatters stereotypes and makes dance accessible to all. Yes, a bare-chested tutu-clad man can perform a stunningly graceful pointe solo! Tutu is a celebration of dance in all its glory!
Theatre (comedy, political)
Do you have what it takes to be a successful Latinx? Half stand-up, half Latinx grab bag of stereotypes, this fun, politically incorrect seminar will coach the audience on how to be a good immigrant. This one-human show merges spoken word poetry, comedy and music to explore both what the Latinx label means in the UK and, on a more personal level, the lengths we all go to to fit in. 'A show to admire, a performer to look out for' (OughtToBeClowns.com). 'A scathing critique of British exceptionalism' (ThePlaysTheThingUK.com). OffComm winner, 2022.
Theatre (comedy, spoken word)
A hilarious and poignant comedy about a girl obsessed with The Eurovision Song Contest. Through spoken word, cynical stand-up, lip-syncing and dancing to Eurovision songs, she tries to find her voice on stage. However, as the show progresses, her facade starts to unravel and she becomes overwhelmed by her inability to organize her own thoughts. 'An incredibly enjoyable one-woman play about art, the universe, self-expression, and Eurovision!' **** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). 'A dynamic and very entertaining piece, immaculately performed' (TheReviewsHub.com). 'A wild, frenetic piece' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'The talented Liverpool-based writer has pulled off something rather fine here' (TheReviewsHub.com).
Adam Flood: Remoulded
Ay up ducks, it’s me (fella doing the show). An hour of stand-up about reinvention with a few tricks* up its sleeve. Last year I had an award-nominated work in progress, so this is gonna be decent I reckon, especially if you come. Get on Stoke-on-Trent’s premium cultural export, in my debut show. Critics are already calling it 'please stop emailing' and 'unsubscribe'. Seen on ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show. Winner: Bath Festival New Comedian, 2022. BBC New Comedy Award nominee, 2019. Amused Moose Best Edinburgh Show nominee, 2022. *Spent whole budget on an autotune pedal.
A Migrant's Son
Theatre (storytelling, live music)
'Igniting memories of a story that millions can relate to' (Australian Stage). A true-life, original musical tribute to the heart, hilarity and sheer hard work of the migrant experience. This multi award-winning, critically acclaimed show explores one of the most colourful times in Australian history: the arrival of the Greeks! Pays tribute to her Greek migrant family and hard-working, fun-loving, larrikin father Luke who defied all odds. His unrelenting determination to build a successful life is comical and heart-breaking; as he pushes through like an unstoppable force and is willing to sacrifice everything for his family.
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.”