"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."
THURSDAY 24th AUGUST 2023
Pleasance One, Venue 33
Bob Marley – How Reggae Changed the World
Toronto-based Duane Forrest will take you on a journey from the beginnings of reggae in Jamaica, sharing key stories from Bob Marley’s life, the meanings of some of his songs and the political impact his work had on Jamaica and the world. Woven through the show will be his acoustic versions of the pivotal songs from Marley and other reggae greats. These are the songs that have reshaped countless lives, including his own. Not to be missed!
Ben Hart: Jadoo
Cabaret and Variety (magic, comedy)
Ben Hart returns with his most personal show yet. Drawn from his experience travelling India to discover lost, real magic, Hart sheds his usual sleight of hand trickery in favour of stunning displays of wonderment, extra-sensory power and a search for the truth... This mind-popping show is rich in colour, passion and wicked humour. Don't miss this chance to catch the world's foremost magic storyteller in this all-new, jaw-dropping show. 'Ben Hart is a master' (Dynamo). 'There's nobody else we'd rather watch onstage' (Penn and Teller). 'Extraordinary' (Time Out).
Theatre (drama, political)
Newly promoted FID detective LaRhonda Parker is assigned to investigate the death of a Black motorist during a traffic stop involving her husband's ex-partner, Boyd Sully, a 29-year veteran. His story keeps changing, but a disturbing revelation forces Parker to decide whether to protect one of her own or pursue an investigation that could up-end her marriage and her career.
Theatre (spoken word, solo show)
MEAT is an electrifying roar of fury, a rallying cry of protest and unifying celebration of strength packed with heroism and heart. A playful and poignant exploration of identity. Written by multi-award winner Elle Dillon-Reams, The Scotsman's Best Newcomer. Review for debut show HoneyBEE: 'One of the most dazzling performances of the month. Elle Dillon-Reams is a star in the making' (Scotsman). A dirty dive into the foundations of power, an injection of a new narrative – MEAT is a theatrical hybrid of poetry, clowning, cabaret and dance featuring original music.
I'm Muslamic – Don't Panik
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (hip hop, solo show)
I'm Muslamic, Don't Panik – from Bristol to the Tehran marathon and back again, Bobak invites us to join him on a journey to accept his own heritage, against a media culture which holds fast to the idea that the Middle East is a frightening and dangerous place. A joyful evening of dance theatre, it's through meeting a series of weird and wonderful characters from across the world that Bobak is finally able to truly know himself. This show has been programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.
Lachlan Werner – Voices Of Evil
Comedy (lgbtq+, horror)
The horrifying debut from the award-winning poof prince of puppets. Lachy is a poof, and apparently a virgin. Brew is a small, squishy witch, and she has decided to sacrifice him. To help with his self-esteem. In this 'must-see' (TheReviewsHub.com) sell-out hit, ventriloquist/clown, Lachlan Werner, presents 'the definitive queer puppet show' (LostInTheatreland.co.uk). An occult ritual, where demonic voices come from every corner and anyone could get puppeteered by evil. Reviews Hub Brighton Fringe Best Show Award Winner; VAULT Comedy Breakthrough nominee 2023; LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year 2022 runner up.
One Night with Marilyn
Cabaret and Variety (musical theatre, tribute)
A laugh-out-loud, immersive, comedic, heartfelt tribute to Hollywood’s most iconic blonde bombshell. The show will take you on a journey through the life of the silver screen's brightest star. What does it mean to be a sex symbol? Is she looking for a husband? And what really happened with the president? Honest, funny and captivating. One Night with Marilyn is everything you want from a close-up experience in an evening with the star. Sing the songs, share a drink, and experience Marilyn. 'A wonderful imitation and celebration of a true Hollywood icon' (Denise Van-Outen).
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.”