"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."

SCOTSMAN

SUNDAY 14th AUGUST 2022

Pleasance One, Venue 33

12.40pm-2.10pm

Tickets: £15.00


TODAY'S SHOWS


The McTaggart Family: Celtic Gospel

Music (choral, acoustic
From a dream over 25 years ago, it has been a long journey! The time has finally come that a number of the eleven McTaggart Siblings are now in a position to sing from the same page. Brought together in harmony with our mother, Susan, and a delightful collection of her favourite songs, including well known hymns, gospel and a variety of Celtic praise! From the Hebrides to the Fringe, expect plenty laughter and family nonsense between sublime vocals and blood harmonies from soft sopranos, altos and possibly bass. Debut show!!

Christian Brighty: Playboy

Comedy (absurdist, clown)
Lord Christian Brighty is the country's most notorious rake. He puts the pro in reprobate, the don in hedonism, and the key in chastity belts. But when this saucy libertine falls for a Duchess, can he reform himself? Forget Bridgerton. Forget Austen. This is the greatest love story you'll ever laugh at. Prepare to swoon for the debut solo show from TikTok's answer to Mr Darcy (@brightybuoy). Best New Show nominee, Leicester Comedy Festival 2022. Sketch Off 2022 – third place. 'Hilarious' (List). 'Very silly' (Time Out). 'Talent and quick wit' (Scotsman). 'Genius' ***** (MumbleComedy.net).

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review


Circa: Humans 2.0

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, theatre)

A symphony of acrobatics, sound and light, this is next-level circus by Circa. 10 bodies appear in a flash of light. They move in harmony for a fleeting moment and then descend into a sinuous trance. Towers grow and decay, bodies leap and are caught, as physical limits are pushed to their extreme. Can we ever find a perfect balance or is adapting to constant change the only way forward? A tightly woven choreography of bodies, pulsing with music, Humans 2.0 is intimate, primal and deeply engaged with the challenge of being human.

George Egg: Set Menu (The Best of George Egg)

Comedy (tasting, food and drink)
George cooks food while making you laugh. In recent years he's toured three shows and cooked over a thousand dishes, all in front of an audience, none with a kitchen. This is the best bits. Three meals, cooked live and you even get to taste at the end. Seen on Steph's Packed Lunch (Channel 4), heard on Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) and online with over 5 million views. 'A culinary Bill Bailey' (Scotsman). 'Deeply lovable' (Guardian). 'A hilarious show with surprisingly good food' (Times).

Pip Utton as Dylan

Theatre (solo show, contemporary)
Performer: Fringe legend Pip Utton, Stage Special Award for Excellence, etc... Author: John Clancy, multi Fringe First-winning playwright (Fatboy, The Event). Director: David Calvitto, The Stage Best Actor Award winner. Sometime in the imaginary future it's Bob Dylan's final concert. You have a backstage pass. An intimate, revealing 'final reckoning'. Dylan settles old scores, spins a few tall tales and reflects on over 60 years in the public eye. In his inimitable style, Pip connects Dylan with the audience, removes the mask of a legend and reveals the man you thought you knew.

Justin Moorhouse: Stretch & Think

Comedy (stand-up, solo show)

Justin is back: still funny, yet middle-aged. A brand-new show that may contain: yoga, getting older, Madonna, shoplifters, labradoodles, middle-aged cyclists, The Menopause, running, hating football fans but loving football, not drinking, funerals, 'Is tapas a rip off?', Captain Tom, Droylsden, the environment, self-improvement, ruining a sexual position, electric car charging spots used by doggers, nursery graduation, horses, Stig lookalikes, home-cooked food but not in your own home, the odd advantages of fundamental religions, the gym, shop-door etiquette. And he's got a new suit. Come, it'll be fun. **** (Chortle.co.uk).

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review


Camille O'Sullivan: Dreaming

Music

Queen of the Fringe premieres her new show, a rare intimate evening of dark and light songs. Including Bowie, Cohen, Pulp, Radiohead and Rufus Wainwright. Chameleon-like, five-star, sell-out performances include Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, La Clique, Roundhouse, Later with Jools Holland and a Herald Angel Award for RSC solo performance Lucrece. Camille transforms each song into an intense, emotional experience – joy and pure passion. With musician Feargal Murray. 'A major star' ***** (Scotsman). 'Masterclass in living a lyric, mesmerising' ***** (Mail on Sunday). 'Exceptional voice' ***** (Time Out). 'Hypnotic' ***** (Independent).


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. 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.”

THE OBSERVER


FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

(+ a 20% off ticket promotion for every entrant!)

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.

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