"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."
WEDNESDAY 24th AUGUST 2022
Pleasance One, Venue 33
Nina Gilligan: Late Developer
Nina Gilligan is a so-called 'late developer'. She's never hit a single milestone and at 50 is still trying to grasp the complex rules of womanhood. She knows she's not alone. As her eggs deplete and her body becomes hotter than earth's core she is certain only of one thing: she refuses to go on a cruise. Both outrageous and loveable. A circuit favourite. Leicester Mercury Comedy award winner 2021. 'A bolshier Mrs Merton with razor-sharp wit used at will' (Skinny). 'Breath-taking' ***** (Student Newspaper). 'Transcends any perceived age barriers effortlessly... charming sass' ***** (Deadline.com).
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (contemporary, international)
Luke Kempner: Macho Macho Man
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (family, circus)
B-boy meets Bendy boy. Hip-hop and Hula Hooper. Pop, lock and adagio. Collision is a cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, teaming together two Brisbane powerhouses, Casus Creations and Mad Dance House. Casus Creations is a pioneer contemporary arts company known for ground-breaking acrobatics and physical poetry with a reputation as a leader in the contemporary circus on the world stage. Mad Dance House is mover and shaker in the urban and street dance international scene, responsible for some of Australia's most charismatic and celebrated street dancers. Collision is an explosion for your senses!
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.”