"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."
SATURDAY 6th AUGUST 2022
Pleasance One, Venue 33
Cello on Fire
Music (classical, contemporary)
Celebrated Viennese cellist Peter Hudler returns to the Fringe with his brand-new show. A burning mix of styles from baroque to rock, folk to jazz – a virtuoso, passionate, poetic and colourful musical journey you can’t miss. Cello on Fire connects seemingly disparate genres and builds bridges between these different musical worlds. Pieces written by renowned crossover and jazz composers go together with baroque gems and simple folk tunes to provide a stunning musical experience. 'Beautifully wistful' **** (Scotsman). 'Such a good show!' ***** (Southside Advertiser). Winner of the 2019 ThreeWeeks Editor's Choice Award.
Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, Glenn I'm Sixty Moore
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
'The best showcase of pure joke-writing skill on the Fringe' (Guardian). Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, and one of the best and most prolific joke-writers of his generation, Glenn really puts in another shift. Mock The Week and The Stand-Up Sketch Show regular. As heard on The News Quiz, The Now Show and sidekick on Absolute Radio's The Dave Berry Breakfast Show. Proud owner of a House of Games tankard. **** (Guardian, Chortle.co.uk, Scotsman, Herald).
Theatre (comedy, classical)
Hold onto your hats as a cast of 6 romp through all those classic novels you never had time to read. In 60 minutes and multiple costume changes the company race you from Wuthering Heights to Moby Dick, told at lightning speed… Expect the unexpected! No previous literary experience required. A thrilling script by Coronation Street writers Lindsay Williams and Peter Kerry and direction by Joyce Branagh (seen in the film Belfast, directed by brother Kenneth) this brilliantly funny show is for everyone!
Angel by Henry Naylor
Theatre (drama, new writing)
The multi award-winning story of Rehana, Angel of Kobane, returns to Edinburgh in a new production from Torch Theatre. In 2014 Kurdish families fled Kobane to avoid the inevitable ISIS onslaught. Student and aspiring lawyer Rehana returned on a mercy mission and stayed to fight. As a sniper, she allegedly killed more than 100 ISIS fighters. Becoming a symbol of resistance against Islamic State, she was dubbed the Angel of Kobane. This hard-hitting production dealing with themes of war, displacement and acts of defiance in the face of tyranny, is as vital today as ever before.
Afghanistan Is Not Funny by Henry Naylor
Theatre (true-life, drama)
In 2002, whilst researching a comedy, triple-Fringe First winner Henry Naylor and two-time Scottish Press Photographer of the Year Sam Maynard, went to the Afghan war zone. An extraordinary tale ensued in which they were threatened by a war criminal, captured by the Mujahideen and nearly blown up by the Taliban. Performed by Naylor himself, the show takes us back to the start of the modern Afghan tragedy. It comes direct from the Adelaide Fringe, where it won twelve five-star reviews and two major awards. European Premiere.
Mat Ricardo: The Extraordinary Gentleman
Cabaret and Variety (circus, comedy)
A unique, hilarious and unmissable one-man show from the worlds most critically acclaimed variety artist. Scalpel-sharp wit and astonishing skills honed over three decades travelling the world's stages, streets and spiegeltents come together to create an unforgettable hour of big tricks and big laughs for all ages. 'One of the greatest variety artists working today' (Scotsman). 'The most talented man at the Edinburgh Fringe' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Breathtaking' (Evening Standard). 'Terrific' (Guardian). 'The Derren Brown of juggling' (LoveFringe.com). 'Mat Ricardo is amazing!' (HRH Prince Charles).
Jeremy Sassoon's MOJO
Music (swing, pop)
A foot-stomping, barn-storming celebration of some of the most iconic and best-loved Musicians Of Jewish Origin. Internationally renowned singer-pianist Jeremy Sassoon and his superb band will take you on a journey from the golden era of Gershwin, the Great American Songbook, through to the 21st century, honouring artists such as Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Randy Newman and Amy Winehouse. Full of surprising and hilarious anecdotes and some of the most unforgettable songs you've ever sung along and danced to, MOJO is illuminating, uplifting and joyous entertainment. 'Masterfully crafted' (LondonJazzNews.com).
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.