"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."
MONDAY 8th AUGUST 2022
Pleasance One, Venue 33
The Silent Treatment
Theatre (storytelling, new writing)
The Silent Treatment. A singer loses her voice and embarks on an unexpected journey of self-revelation. Based on a true story, this intimate, funny and uplifting new solo show combines storytelling, physical theatre and song to explore how the body remembers what the mind forgets. From award-winning performer Sarah-Louise Young, creator of An Evening Without Kate Bush and Julie Madly Deeply. Directed by (and with contributions from) Sioned Jones. Music by Christopher Ash. Movement consultant Lucie Pankhurst. ‘A force to be reckoned with’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'A phenomenal voice and talent' ***** (BritishTheatre.com).
Epic Film Music Concert
Music (performance art)
The most iconic film soundtracks (Pirates of the Caribbeans, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, Interstellar and many more) played live in a unique, epic performance featuring violin, piano, guitar and a superb light show. We built a concert like never seen before. The most epic film music themes rearranged with our personal touch. A hybrid performance bringing classical and modern together, blending synthesisers and electronic drums with guitar, piano and a sublime violin performance by Lucia La Rezza, a professional video game violinist.
Grav by Owen Thomas
Theatre (drama, new writing)
The award-winning production Grav returns for 2022. Gareth J Bale stars in this multi award-winning one-man show exploring the life and times of one of Wales' most loved sons, Ray Gravell. Known to millions for his legendary exploits on the rugby field, Grav was and is so much more than that. An actor, a cultural icon, a father, a husband, a man with a life packed full of stories that deserve to be heard once more. Whether you are a rugby fan or not, only the hardest of hearts would fail to be moved by Grav.
Christopher Titus: Carrying Monsters
The 'amazingly funny' (Forbes) Christopher Titus, one of the States' most prolific and respected comedians, is finally making his Edinburgh debut. Titus' eponymously named Fox sitcom garnered Emmy and Writers Guild Award nominations, and he's written/starred in nine full-length network stand-up specials. In this bold new show, Titus explores family, mental illness and even suicide in this part confessional, part therapy, all laugh-out-loud funny. It's the perfect companion piece for his career-changing special, Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see 'TV's most original comedy voice since Seinfeld' (Newsday).
Taiwan Season: Light of Life
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (musical theatre, circus)
The goddess of the sea invites you to a dazzling circus spectacle celebrating the vitality of the Taiwanese as an imaginative oceanic people. Loaded with vivid sights and atmospheric sounds, Diabolo Dance Theatre's unique show is a multimedia fantasy revolving around the diabolo – a spinning toy central to Taiwanese culture. Feats of grace and daring punctuate a narrative that plays powerfully with the four elements. Full of seductively swirling colours and a constant flow of motion, and set to a cinematic yet soulful soundtrack featuring live indigenous vocals.
Tim Vine: Breeeep!
Tim Vine returns with his new stand-up show. A mountain of nonsense. One-liners, stupid things, unlikely songs, wobbly props. (Plus utter drivel.) Tim's like the manager of a sweet shop where all the sweets are replaced by jokes, and he serves them in the order he chooses. So, it's like a sweet shop where the manager just throws sweets at you. Winner of Dave's Best Joke of the Fringe 2010 and 2014. Star of The Tim Vine Chat Show (BBC Radio 4) and numerous TV appearances. Enjoy the foolishness. Then leave. 'A symphony of silly' ***** (Times).
Ellie MacPherson: Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
Comedy (cabaret, historical)
Ellie MacPherson is oddly obsessed with the Presidents of the United States. Happy Birthday, Mr. President! is a journey through the lives of the men (ugh, yes, all men) who have held the highest US office. Join Ellie and her band The Secret Service as she chronicles the weird, human sides of Commanders-in-Chief. Featuring a variety of music from Whitney Houston to Radiohead, old-school rap to classic country. In her Fringe debut, this 'genuinely hilarious stellar songstress' (TheaterPizzazz.com) from New York creates a fun and funny cabaret classroom about the dudes who've led America.
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. To 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.”
Yes, our ticket giveaway competition is back.
To celebrate the 29th year of Mervyn Stutter's 'Pick of the Fringe' we are giving away ten pairs of tickets in our BIG, free, ticket giveaway competition. Plus if you enter, we will send you a special promo code that will get you 20% off tickets.