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

12.40pm - 2.10pm

"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."



Pleasance One, Venue 33


Tickets: £15.00


Jacob Hawley: Bump

Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
Men will literally do a 55-minute show about identity, social class and drinking olive oil, instead of going to therapy :/ Award-winning wide boy Jacob Hawley considers whether ample mental health is an exclusively middle-class pursuit, if he’s finally graduated from drugs to antipasti and, all considered, if he’s ready to be a father. As seen on Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour and BBC Three’s Ladhood. Creator and star of Radio 4’s Class Act and Welcome To Britain, BBC Sounds’ Jacob Hawley: On Drugs and Jacob Hawley: On Love. 'Must-see staple' (List). 'Voice of a generation' (Chortle.co.uk).

Casting Off

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, storytelling)
Winner: Total Theatre Award for Circus 2018. This joyful, witty and poignant circus show is a refreshing and uplifting conversation between three generations. Funny and heartfelt, these powerhouse women win you over within minutes of hitting the stage. Casting Off throws away the textbook on how you view contemporary circus. 'Casting Off is a joy: these three wonderful women have knitted together a truly extraordinary piece of feisty feminist circus that is fabulously funny to boot' (TotalTheatre.org.uk). It's no wonder that they have won awards around the world. Family-friendly – don't miss this one.

Changing the Sheets

Theatre (comedy, new writing)
‘D'you wanna come back to mine?' New comedy about what we say to each other when the lights are off and no one else is listening. After the swiping, the drinking, the small talk and the big talk. After the bedroom door is closed. Because we speak a little differently when our heads are against a pillow. This is intimacy (without the gory bits) and you get to have a look... ‘Sally Rooney without the musings on Marxism... a clever anti-romantic comedy for our times' (Irish Independent). 'Engaging performances loaded with humour... simply irresistible' (TheArtsReview.com).


Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, theatre)

Young Blood. Gen Z. Connected by age and social networks. But these performers have something more in common – they first met in March 2022, a few days after the outbreak of war in Ukraine. Cirk La Putyka and Kyiv Municipal Academy of Variety and Circus Art collaborate on this show about family, freedom and borders. Accompanied by enchanting music, their production is a display of incredible circus talent and mesmerising dance, as well as resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. *12% of Ticket Income will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee.*


Music (a cappella)
'Forget Pitch Perfect, Aquapella are the real deal' (TheWeeReview.com). Bath's international award-winning a cappella group return for their sixth year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Now, celebrating 10 years as a group with some fresh faces in their line-up, they are keen to showcase the power of human voice fuelled by a genuine passion for a cappella music. Their set features an eclectic range of music from a diverse pool of genres and with something there for everyone to enjoy, the audience will be guided through an emotional and uplifting journey of sound to remember.

Christian Schulte-Loh: Comeback of the 50-Foot German Comedian

Comedy (stand-up)

'German, but funny' (Der Spiegel). The Fringe favourite returns. Christian Schulte-Loh is a regular on German TV and in all major British comedy clubs. 'One of the most subversive acts ever' (Spectator). He has gigged in more than 30 countries and has been called 'a funny German – the only one!' (Kkunst). 'A funny, highly skilled comedian' **** (ThreeWeeks). www.germancomedian.com

The Idiot Circus: Death is Coming

Cabaret and Variety (music, theatre)

An evening of original songs and existential banter from a dark cabaret band with funny hats. Songs full of horrid murders, guillotines, dark magicians, lonely princesses and drunken regrets are offered up by this theatrical four piece.

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.”


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