"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."
SATURDAY 13th AUGUST 2022
Pleasance One, Venue 33
Theatre (music, immersive)
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (comedy, acrobatics)
From the creators of the smash-hit Elixir (winner of Best Circus and Physical Theatre award at Adelaide Fringe 2018). Welcome to Railed, a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats. Prepare yourself for when bare-chested circus meets bare-knuckle bar fights. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus. Leave your expectations at home, come to the wrong side of the tracks, and let the HFA boys steal your hearts.
Theatre (comedy, absurdist)
C.J. Hopkins' 2002 winner of everything returns! Clowns Sam and Bob shoot the breeze, drink bourbon and hunt the elusive nine of diamonds, while casually dissecting capitalism, sea-lions, western culture, fishing, genocide... stuff like that. Not so much waiting for Godot, more keeping up with him, their window on the world is one of menace, hilarity, disappointment and improbability, delivered with magnificent high-octane comic brio. Directed by Olivier Winner Mark Bell (The Play That Goes Wrong), this anarchic, surreal satire provokes in spades – or diamonds! 'Substantial, sharp, brilliant, intense!' (Scotsman, Best of Fringe Firsts 2002).
Ben Hart: Wonder
Cabaret and Variety (magic, comedy)
West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart returns to Edinburgh with Wonder. Alongside sell-out Fringe shows, Ben has performed for royalty, was a Britain's Got Talent finalist and had dozens of TV appearances including The One Show, Now You See It (BBC One), Pure Magic (BBC One) and even his own series on BBC Three. Using only the simplest of props and the minds of the audience, Hart conjures a show that is always amazing, sometimes shocking and shines a light into the darkest corners of your imaginations... An unforgettable experience, leaving you in Wonder.
Theatre (music, family)
A worldwide sensation from Montreal to Beijing, Fills Monkey return with an exhilarating new show. Blending pure joy and comedy with extraordinary musicianship, these two exceptional drummers fuse musical styles from rock to heavy metal, and Latin to jazz. Creating percussive heaven they also play tribute to their favourite artists: AC/DC, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, U2, Phil Collins and more. Their drumsticks are magic and their irresistible beats go straight to the heart! A fun-packed experience to delight the whole family. ‘Loud, creative, frenzied and immense fun.’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com) ‘Exhilarating.’ ***** (ThreeWeeks).
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.”