3rd - 24th August 2024 (not 15th, 22nd),

12.40pm - 2.10pm


"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."

SCOTSMAN

SUNDAY 13th AUGUST 2023

Pleasance One, Venue 33

12.40pm-2.10pm

Tickets: £15.00


TODAY'S SHOWS


Out of the Blue

Music (a cappella, family-friendly)

Following their five-star, fan-favourite run at the Fringe last year, the boys are back again for their 19th year with tighter harmonies, crazier choreography and enough high-notes to reach the stratosphere! Out of the Blue is an internationally acclaimed a cappella group from the University of Oxford, and after jet-setting across the world earlier this year, the group is excited to return to their home turf to showcase new talent and new songs. Named one of the 10 must-see shows last year, don't miss your chance to see these boys for an hour of musical excellence.


Tadiwa Mahlunge: Inhibition Exhibition

Comedy (stand-up)

One of the country's top new stand-ups presents their debut hour. 'Fearless comedian on the rise' (Daniel Kaluuya). Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show nominee. 'Very bloody funny' (Aisling Bea). As seen on BBC One, Dave, Comedy Central, and at 25, already performing at major festivals and historic venues across the UK. 'Tadiwa has been gathering pace as a prodigious act' (Kiri Pritchard-McLean). An alumnus of the 2022 Pleasance Comedy Reserve at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tadiwa has provided tour support for Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Jessica Fostekew and Desiree Burch’s Amazon Prime special.


Rise and Grind

Musicals and Opera (musical comedy, music)

It’s going to be a great day. That is until singer / songwriter / aspiring yuppy, Eric "Ric" Cross watches his life spiral out of control through a series of disasters and distractions – frantic phone calls, family drama, nagging friends and bureaucratic catastrophes. Through original compositions, impressive impressions and a hefty dose of emotional turmoil, Ric is finally forced to question whether or not he really has the answers to well... anything.


The Death of Molly Miller

Theatre (dark comedy)

A pitch-black satire on influencers, inequality, addiction, reality-dating shows and Wagamamas. As heard on BBC Radio 4, from the team behind Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy. Molly's a social media influencer/runner-up on The Love Shack. One night, returning to her penthouse, she finds a desperate thief, robbing her under duress from a psychopathic loan shark. In shock, the thief takes Molly hostage... An act which surprises him more than anyone. He needs Molly's money to clear his debts and protect his family. But Molly has a secret... one which could have deadly consequences for them both...


Pete Heat: Huge

Comedy (stand-up, magic)

Sharp, charmingly surreal and joyously unhinged, this hilarious modern magic show will break your brain into cute little pieces. 'What the f*ck just happened?' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'The constant oscillation between excellent jokes and superb wizardry really is a thrilling ride. It feels like something secret and very special indeed' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'This man is what would happen if David Blaine was possessed by Noel Fielding's sense of style and humour, with a show that's exactly as mental and magnificent as that sounds' ***** (FringeGuru.com). 'Would have given Jesus a run for his money' (Alex Horne).


Dan Jones: This Seems Ambitious

Comedy

The debut offering from Breakthrough Comedian of the Year, Dan Jones, in which he attempts to prove that love exists. One completely unique hour of stand up. One completely stable comedian. Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year finalist 2022. Amused Moose Breakthrough Comedian of the Year 2019. Nominee for the Pleasance Reserve 2020 and 2022. 'What a funny boy' (Jessica Fostekew). 'Definitely one to watch' (Rhod Gilbert). 'One of the funniest comics I know hands down' (Janine Harouni).


Afrique en Cirque

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (acrobatics, music)

This performance shares the beauty, youth and artistry of African culture. A colourful show beyond its scenery, costumes and staging, that will make any theatre vibrate with energy. It represents strength, agility and life's joys of young Africans. The audience will see our acrobats execute gravity-defying moves and human pyramids, all to the contemporary sounds of Afro-Jazz, percussion, and kora. Welcome to the universe of Kalabanté Productions and prepare for an unforgettable journey.


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.”

THE OBSERVER


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