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


Luke Kempner in Gritty Police Drama: A One-Man Musical

Comedy (impressions, musical comedy)

Star of Spitting Image (Britbox), Steph's Packed Lunch (Channel 4) impressionist Luke Kempner brings his one-man British Police Drama to Edinburgh. It's Line Of Duty meets Happy Valley meets Clarkson's Farm meets The Match of the Day meets King Charles meets the Traitors. With 60 impressions all played by one man. Whether you're King Charles, Ian McKellen or even Claudia Winkleman, in Gritty Police Drama... no-one is safe. As seen (and heard) on The Last Leg (C4), The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2) and The Now Show (BBCR4).

Avital Ash Workshops Her Suicide Note

Comedy (stand-up, dark comedy)

Avital Ash Workshops Her Suicide Note – Ever since she was a baby and her mother took her own life, Avital has felt summoned to the other side, aka the vast nothingness. But she'd hate to be labelled a copycat, plus, who wants to turn into their mother? Avital Ash's Fringe debut explores growing up a Hasidic Jew, depression, queer identity, and generational Holocaust trauma, all while being hilarious. The results are an irreverent show where Avital expertly bounces from black humour to jokes so silly you almost miss the gospel in them.


Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, acrobatics)

Provocative, dysfunctional and tender, N.Ormes is a circus show that pushes the limits of gender norms with never seen before acrobatic exchanges. Don't miss this Fringe debut! Skilfully combining acrobatics and dance we follow our two protagonists and their relationship, navigating between complicity and power struggles. The stage becomes an arena! One by one, the archetypes fall in battle, giving way to a quest for friendship and fairness through power and fluidity. Come witness this inspiring journey to see how the exchange of roles and acrobatics blurs our preconceptions!


Cabaret and Variety

Yes-Ya-Yebo! is a celebration of the 12 official languages of South Africa, all explored through the medium of song and dance. From traditional folk songs and dances such as The Click Song and Kwela-Kwela to modern songs sprinkled with that township vibe! The cast are all from the township areas of Lwandle / Nomzamo and areas from Macassar outside Cape Town. None have ever been in an airplane before.

17 Minutes

Theatre (drama, contemporary)

The play 17 Minutes explores the communal and residual effects of a shooting through Andy, a man who struggles with his own complicity in the tragedy, and who seeks meaning in the wake of the shooting.

Paul Foot: Dissolve

Comedy (stand-up)

Life is a stress: full of rushed breakfasts, angry people, internal conflict, and Jacob Rees-Mogg. But what happens when all the stress simply disappears? Trailblazing comedian, Paul Foot, returns with his most personal, surprising and groundbreaking show ever. In the year 2022 AD something momentous changed for Paul, and in Dissolve he reveals how he discovered the secret of life. Inevitably he does get distracted by King Tutankhamun, the House of Lords, Sir Cliff Richard and officious lollipop ladies. As seen on Would I Lie To You?, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Cats Does Countdown.

I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical

Musicals and Opera (cabaret, revue)

The definitive comedic musical revue revealing all about musical theatre, and the people who love it on both sides of the curtain! Updated version featuring new songs. Lauded with an unprecedented 35 five-star reviews for its previous sell-out fringe and London seasons. 'Flawless' ***** ( 'Sharp satire, undiluted fun' ***** ( 'Delightful' ***** ( 'Hilarious... Wonderfully witty' ***** ( 'Crisp, perfect, immaculate, hilarious. Unmistakable gem!' ***** (Musical Talk, podcast). 'Laughs come thick and fast' ***** ( 'Loving tribute to world of musicals' (Matt Lucas). 'Must-see' (Tim Rice). 'Brilliant score' (Miriam Margolyes).

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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