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

12.40pm - 2.10pm


"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."

SCOTSMAN

FRIDAY 25th AUGUST 2023

Pleasance One, Venue 33

12.40pm-2.10pm

Tickets: £15.00


TODAY'S SHOWS


Frankie Mack: Swing and Rat Pack Showman

Music (cabaret)

Based in Tenerife, Frankie Mack is a born showman who performs the swing and Rat-Pack genre, such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams. He will be coming here for his debut performance at the Edinburgh Fringe! He has taken his highly entertaining, energetic show to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, around Europe, and has brought us back to his home town. A very proud Leith lad making his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe 2023!


Jay Lafferty: Bahookie

Comedy (stand-up)

'One of Scotland's top stand-ups' (Herald). Star of BBC Radio Scotland's Breaking The News performs a new hour packed with her signature warm wit and razor sharp observations. A unique telling of a tail as old as time. 'Set the bar incredibly high for other comics of the Fringe' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Engages with such playfulness and genuine curiosity we have no choice but to cling to her every word' ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'Beautifully observed' ***** (One4review.co.uk). 'Lafferty can shine in the spotlight with the best of them... warm, witty, occasionally waspish' **** (Scotsman).


Actually, Love

Musicals and Opera (lgbtq+, live music)

Rom-coms and pop songs collide in a musical rollercoaster charting the highs and lows of identity politics, romantic clichés and open-mic nights. Alex is singing – Stevie is watching. The songs tell us their story. Will they fall in love "properly" – as seen in Richard Curtis' 2003 mega-smash Love Actually? Or is that just for straight people? Following their success at last year's Fringe, Musical Theatre Review's Special Award winners GOYA present a queer love story.


Nan, Me and Barbara Pravi

Theatre (storytelling, solo show)

In 2021, Hannah Maxwell moved back to the Home Counties to care for her recently bereaved grandmother. But this show isn't about that. It's about France's Eurovision star Barbara Pravi, who's just lovely. In between cooking, cleaning and Countdown, Maxwell escapes into an intensifying fantasy of ballroom dances, heartfelt ballads, fluent French and definitely-not-creepy plots to engineer a meet-cute with a random foreign celebrity. It's La La Land meets Mission Impossible meets Hannah's nan. 'Sublime one-person theatre' (TheAdelaideShow.com.au). 'Hannah Maxwell is a future star' (ToDoList.london).


Dom – The Play

Theatre (comedy, political)

Dom the Play previously enjoyed a sell-out run at the The White Bear Theatre, before transferring to The Other Palace where the critically acclaimed run was extended due to popular demand. Now this hit political comedy is making its way to Edinburgh! The show explores the chief controversies of Dominic Cumming's explosive career, how he won the Brexit referendum by manipulating social media, the truth about Barnard Castle and why he finally fell out with Boris! A must-see comedy for anyone who follows the Westminster circus! **** (Times). **** (Stage).


Hal Cruttenden: It's Best You Hear It From Me

Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)

Last year's critically acclaimed show is back for a limited run. A year on after his wife left, there's still so much more to laugh about and resolve. Who got the house, the dogs, the car? What did the kids say? And what's the dating scene like in your 50s? A repair shop for broken hearts. From Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You. 'Reminded me how much I love stand-up' **** (Times). 'Had the audience in stitches' ***** (Daily Record).


The Magnets

Music (a cappella, pop)

Get ready to relive the magic of the greatest musical icons of all time with the UK's no. 1 a cappella supergroup, The Magnets! This sensational five-voice sound-machine features the hottest vocal and beatboxing talent on the international a cappella scene, performing legendary hits by Queen, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, The Jackson 5 and more. The Magnets are a must-see act on the international music scene performing alongside music legends including Blondie, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, Gregory Porter, Rick Astley and The Kaiser Chiefs. Sing and dance along to the ultimate soundtrack of your life, Magnets style!


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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