Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life
Theatre (music, solo show)
This highly awarded, inspirational true story returns to Edinburgh after an exceptionally successful 2022 visit. Added content for 2023! This heartfelt tale of overcoming obstacles, pursuing passions, and the healing power of music has delighted international audiences. **** (Broadway Baby). 'A heart-warming show which is much needed at present' (BritishTheatreGuide.info). One of 18 'Best of' shows selected worldwide to participate in the Fringe Encore Series, Off-Broadway in New York City. Sold-out run. Join us for a banjo playin’, joke tellin’, heart healin’ experience!
Tom Crosbie: Actions Speak Louder Than Nerds
Tom Crosbie: Actions Speak Louder Than Nerds
Tom Crosbie is smarter, funnier, and more delightfully dextrous than can easily be explained, even by the copious amounts of time he spends practicing such things. His show will be a treat, like hot chocolate with marshmallows in a Nintendo mug. Tom is an action hero, if we count vigorously doing things with Rubik's cubes as action. If not, he's still a lovely nerd. So, to be clear, he's basically a lovely nerd. OK?
What Does Stuff Do?
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, comedy)
Juggler, water-bender, and part-time deep-thinker Robin Dale presents his award-winning debut show. Featuring performance ping-pong and a motivational speech delivered by a man in swimming trunks, this eccentric renegade philosophy lecture flourishes into an astounding circo-odyssey.
Blood of the Lamb
Theatre (drama, political)
A searing, Kafkaesque drama about the criminalization of abortion. After her transcontinental flight is diverted to Dallas, Nessa inexplicably finds herself trapped in a room with Val, a lawyer for the state. Nessa just wants to leave on the next plane, but this is Texas. New abortion laws prohibit Nessa from leaving the state until after she gives birth, even though both women know the fetus is deceased and Nessa's life is in danger. Can Val be persuaded to go against her convictions, putting her own career on the line in order to help Nessa escape?
Six Chick Flicks... Or a Legally Blonde Pretty Woman Dirty Danced on the Beaches While Writing a Notebook on the Titanic
Fresh from Off-Broadway, the sold-out, smash-hit comedy finally comes to Edinburgh. Six Chick Flicks parodies your favourite movies in one hysterical, fast-paced show. NYC performers Kerry Ipema (One Woman Sex and the City) and KK Apple (UCB Theatre) bring all the most iconic moments and montages to life with songs, dance breaks, and biting wit. 'This is pop culture parody at its best' (NOWToronto.com). 'A true treasure' ***** (Winnipeg Free Press).
Michael Shafar – Well Worth the Chemo
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
One of Australia's most exciting new comedians is coming to Edinburgh! You might know Michael Shafar from his debut special (A)Live on Amazon Prime or be one of the 70+ million people who have seen his videos online. This Jewish, testicular cancer survivor, lawyer-turned-comedian is in Edinburgh to prove why, according to his own oncologist, he was 'well worth the chemo'. 'Shafar circumnavigates the line between edgy and offensive with beautiful finesse' ****½ (TheAge.com.au). 'If you fear comedy has gotten too politically correct, Shafar will put those fears to rest.' **** (Time Out).
Circa's Peepshow (Club Remix)
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, theatre)
Circa's smash-hit Peepshow has astonished audiences worldwide. On this seductive circus thrill ride, flashes of cheeky cabaret, grinding nightclub and raw humanity explode into view before disappearing into darkness. Now the team from Circa has created Peepshow (Club Remix). Joined by a live DJ and featuring some of the best acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, this remix is outrageously skilled, delightfully funny and razor sharp. This is one hot hour of big beats, playful acts and thrilling acrobatics. Image by Prudence Upton and Damien Bredburg.
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.”