Venue 33, Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance One, 3rd-24th Aug (not 15, 22), 1.30pm-3.00pm

"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."



Pleasance One, Venue 33


Tickets: £15.00


An Unwasted Evening – The Genius of Tom Lehrer

Cabaret and Variety (musical comedy, musical theatre)

Enjoy musical satire at its finest: celebrating the mischievous wit of Tom Lehrer, performed by Australian entertainer, singer and pianist, Antony (DrH) Hubmayer. Join the merry journey exploring the life and times of Tom Lehrer, retold through such timeless songs as: Masochism Tango, Vatican Rag, Poisoning Pigeons in the Park and the infamous BBC-banned songs. You’ll be laughing and singing your way through a great night of cabaret entertainment as you experience An Unwasted Evening thanks to the genius of Tom Lehrer and the performing excellence of DrH.

Louise Atkinson: Mates

Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)

You can't complete a night out with your friends unless someone has cried over their ex, you've made a new best friend in the toilets that you'll never see again, and you've done three laps of the bar looking for Lisa. Seriously though, where is she? Our friends are our chosen family. From the happiest times to breaking up with friends, grab a pint (of wine) and Louise will recount some of her funniest memories. Hopefully we find Lisa.

Death Suits You

Musicals and Opera (dark comedy, new writing)

Show of the Week Winner VAULT Festival 2023. We all feel underappreciated at work, and Death is no exception. Death (personified) puts a lot of work into the way we die, and never gets the credit he deserves. Across an hour, Death takes us through the artistry involved in ensuring that each and every one of us meets our maker. This musical black-comedy shows the lighter side of the inevitable. Death Suits You features an original book, lyrics and score by Sam Hooper and Robert Tripolino. Directed by Gabrielle Scawthorn.

Sherlock Holmes The Last Act

Theatre (solo show, classical)

Written by Conan Doyle expert David Stuart Davies and directed by award-winning Gareth Armstrong. It shows the man behind the myth, exposing the great detective’s fears and weaknesses, the devastating consequences of the dramas of his formative years, and, unexpectedly, his cutting sense of humour. It is 1916. Drawn from two years' Sussex retirement for the funeral of his friend, Dr Watson, Holmes returns to Baker Street to resolve ‘the last act’. A theatrical evening then unfolds, with 14 characters, all played by Nigel Miles-Thomas. Features cross-examinations and heated arguments between Holmes and Watson.

The Importance of Being... Earnest?

Theatre (comedy, interactive)

‘A masterclass in comedic theatre’ ***** ( When a traditional production of Oscar Wilde’s classic play gets underway, everything seems to be going perfectly to plan… that is, until the lead actor fails to arrive on cue. You might think you know this chaotic story of love, mistaken identity and double lives, but you have never seen it like this before. Filled with wicked Wildean wit and bursting with bunburying, join us for a hilarious and unpredictable twist on the world’s favourite comedy classic. ***** (Skinny).

Emmanuel Sonubi: Curriculum Vitae

Comedy (stand-up)

The Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2022 is back with a new show taking us through the life he led that brought him to the stage, via his work history. Recently seen on QI, Alan Davies' As Yet Untitled, Apprentice: You're Fired and headlining Live at the Apollo. Emmanuel's 2022 show, Emancipated sold out and was a Fringe smash hit, so book your tickets now! 'Side-splittingly funny. Roaring laughs' (Independent). 'The bloke has got funny bones' (Romesh Ranganathan). 'Big laughs, engaging tales, you're seduced by the easy authority of of his storytelling' (Guardian).

Havana Street Party

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (music)

A spectacular summer dance show from Cuba, bringing the ultimate party experience to the Fringe. Experience a night on the streets of Havana, with this incredible dance show featuring sexy salsa, sizzling rumba and thrilling street dance from the best dancers on the planet. Star dancers from popular Cuban groups Los Datway, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Ballet Rakatan and Ballet Revolucion create a thrilling fusion of cool modern dance styles set to the latest Latin hits from Mark Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, Cimafunk, Camila Capello, Los Van Van and Buena Vista.

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.”


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