"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."
SUNDAY 7th AUGUST 2022
Pleasance One, Venue 33
Music (folk, traditional)
After a sell-out run in 2019, The Sorries are delighted to be back again in front of live audiences at Pleasance at EICC! The old Scottish songs offer joy, grand old tales, comfort and a good laugh. Douglas and Marty return to sing, play and banter their way through a Corries-inspired hour of uplifting traditional music. 'Deliciously infectious... riotous fun' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Authentic, lively and hugely, hugely enjoyable' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'A must for lovers of Scots songs' **** (EdinburghSpotlight.com). 'Genuinely funny' (FringeReport.com). 'Their... revision of Johnny Lad is entertainingly true to a noble, public figure swatting tradition' (Herald).
Vittorio Angelone: Translations
'There will not be a better debut hour of stand-up at the festival this year' (Adam Rowe). As seen on Channel 4, BBC One and on the Have A Word podcast, Irish-Italian comedian Vittorio Angelone went to see a play at the National Theatre in London. He loved the play, still does, but was deeply disturbed (read: pissed off) by the reaction of the English audience. Join him as he tackles being Irish in England, identity, and sad comedy shows that seem to win awards. 'Relatable and thought-provoking' ***** (The Student). 'British stand-up's new wonderkid' (Fin Taylor).
Theatre (thriller, comedy)
Amongst the spires, spikes and sideburns of a 1970s university, a lonely Professor awaits a call. When he's chased by the ringing of every passing phone, an ominous voice sets a series of mysterious puzzles that stand between him and his missing daughter. Dodgy deans, grumbling groundskeepers and swotty students are suspects as the Professor capers across campus to uncover whodunnit and why. Set to the sounds of 70s vinyl, multi-award winners Spies Like Us bring their explosively physical comedy-thriller about connection, forgiveness... and cryptic crosswords. 'Singin' in the Rain meets Hitchcock' **** (TheReviewsHub.com).
Theatre (comedy, drama)
Actor and writer Kristin Mcilquham can't seem to finish a list. Get an agent. Tick. Get a therapist. Tick. Get a boyfriend... Call her dad. As Kristin approaches 40 she is forced to confront, kicking and screaming, some of the unfinished business in her life and work out why she just can't seem to tie up any of her loose ends. A funny and moving true story about the aftermath of her father's brain injury and the impact that it's had on their relationship, her life, and well... pretty much everything really.
2 Mouthed Men
Comedy (cabaret, music)
Two men. Two mics. Too many sick beats. Imagine the best pub gig you've ever been to; then add a healthy amount of beatboxing, a bowlful of comedy, and a big dollop of funky beats. Whether through their beat-centric sketches or contagious cheer, these boys won't stop until you're moving, grooving and laughing along. Join 2 Mouthed Men on their musical comedy odyssey, with plenty of sketches and songs to keep you toe-tapping and leg slapping. ***** (BingeFringe.com). ***** (TheReviewChap.blogspot.com). Musical Comedy Awards 2020 finalists. Sketch Off! 2022 finalists.
Garrett Millerick: Just Trying to Help
Comedy (stand-up, solo show)
The world’s angriest optimist returns for another bash at sorting out life’s complications. It’s stand-up comedy for people who like to keep things simple. Best Show Nominee 2022 – Leicester Comedy Festival. As seen on: Conan, SiriusXM, 800 Pound Gorilla Records and Laughable (50 Funniest Podcasts of 2021 – Guardian). The Best Shows of Edinburgh 2018 and 2019 – The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph. ‘He’s just fantastic’ (Frank Skinner). ‘Brave and winning... pulls no punches’ **** (Times). ‘Wickedly funny’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Powerhouse performance’ **** (Telegraph). ‘A virtuoso' ****½ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).
The Dolly Parton Story
Nostalgic journey from Dolly’s humble beginnings to becoming Queen of Country. You’ll have a tear in your eye one moment and be dancing in the aisles the next! Includes Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands in the Stream and more. Presented by Hannah Richards and Alex Beharrell from the award-winning Night Owl Shows cast. Sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2017-19 and 2021, Adelaide Fringe 2019 and 2020, Brighton Fringe 2019 and 2021. Adelaide Music Award 2020. Mervs Award 2019. ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (Fringefeed, FringeWorld.com.au). Sunday Times Critical List. Metro Pick of the Fringe.
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.”