Pleasance reveals theatre line-up for Edinburgh Fringe

Last Updated on 22 July 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Pleasance has announced live and online theatre shows as part of its programme at the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Pleasance Fringe 2021
Bard in the Yard, I Am Not Victoria Wood, and Push

Pleasance Theatre is going ahead with live theatre as part of its programme at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

It features new versions of Shakespeare and Roald Dahl and a show about a Victoria Wood tribute act, part of a limited schedule across this year’s reduced fringe festival from 6 to 30 August.

It also includes comedy acts such as Mark Watson, Hal Cruttenden, Joe Thomas, Ivo Graham, Njambi McGrath, Adam Rowe, Tessa Coates, Eshaan Akbar, Jake Lambert, Brennan Reece, Rajiv Karia, Shelf and Jake Farrell.

The Pleasance, whose venues include Pleasance Courtyard and EICC in Edinburgh, has also programmed several online shows, with more due to be announced.

Shows announced today include Bard in the Yard: The Scottish Play, a solo show by Victoria Gartner about William Shakespeare being stuck for inspiration in plagued London. Running in one of several spaces at Pleasance Courtyard, it has been endorsed by Globe artistic director Michelle Terry and Dame Helen Mirren.

In Roald Dahl’s The Twits, storyteller John Kirk takes audiences into a bonkers world of upside-down monkeys, wormy spaghetti and sticky hug-tight glue.

In Julia Knight’s touching and funny show I Am Not Victoria Wood, we meet Maddie North, a former Victoria Wood tribute act now recording vlogs in her mum’s spare room.

Celebrating his 34th Fringe, Mervyn Stutter has gone alfresco and this year he’s hosting an intimate show of chat, chuckles, songs and great guests in Mervyn Stutter and Friends.

Eugene at Pleasance Courtyard is a comedy theatre show about what happens when we give technology power over us. In the not-too-distant future, millionaire and inventor Hugh launches the first superhuman artificial intelligence – and you’re invited. It features integrated captioning via The Difference Engine, delivering part of the story through your smart device.

Press is a powerful satire following two film producers as they discover that the heroic lead of their prestigious Civil War epic, played by a white actor, was in real-life actually Black. They frantically try to keep the film from getting any attention to prevent a career-jeopardizing backlash.

Edinburgh’s own Magic Gareth is bringing his colourful, interactive magic show, The Big Birthday Show, to Pleasance Courtyard for all those who missed their own birthday parties because of Covid-19.

Online shows will include Hitler’s Tasters, a dark comedy about the young women who had the “honour” of being Adolf Hitler’s food tasters during the Third Reich, based on true events.

Award-winning company Popelei are bursting out of isolation with their darkly comic Push to stare down the barrel of motherhood.

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