The Pleasance concludes its Edinburgh Fringe 2019 line-up with fresh and returning talent
- Sofia Matias
- 16 May 2019
Matt Forde, Kieran Hodgson and The Wardrobe Ensemble are just some of the names bringing the Pleasance Fringe programme up to 265 shows
We know it's still May, but the clock is definitely ticking when it comes to deciding what you want to watch this coming Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The award-winning Pleasance might just be ahead of the curve when it comes to the race of Fringe programme releases as it announces today its last wave of shows, bringing the complete lineup from 175 to an impressive 265 acts.
In the theatre department, The Wardrobe Ensemble, Pleasance's final 2019 associate company, brings to the table the world premiere of The Last of the Pelican Daughters, which explores the idea of young people grappling with inheritance. In another world first, Havana After Dark celebrates the 500th anniversary of Havana through Cuban dance, performed by the undoubtedly talented dancers from Carlos Acosta's company.
Other theatre highlights include The Wild Unfeeling World, Lion House Theatre's unreliable retelling of Moby Dick; A Holy Show, which brings audiences aboard the hijacked 1981 Aer Lingus flight EI 164; and Sexy Lamp, Katie Arnstein's blend of comedy, music and storytelling shining a light on the entertainment industry.
Comedy is certainly one of the big highlights of any Edinburgh Fringe, and Pleasance is adding some great names to an already impressive lineup. Political comedian Matt Forde brings his (maybe?) last show as an EU citizen to the Scottish capital, alongside returning names Glenn Moore, Spencer Jones, Jimeoin and Kieran Hodgson. If you're more into debut comedic talent, HUB Fresh will be the place for you, with plenty of new comedy that you won't have seen before.
Don't expect all shows to be a month-long Fringe fixture, however: Celeste Barber will grace the EICC with the stories behind some of her most famous images for one day only on Sat 3 Aug, while Barb Jungr's cabaret material and interpretations of Dylan and Brel are also a one night event. The self-proclaimed loser of America's Got Talent, Piff the Magic Dragon, also returns to the UK for five nights only.
The little ones are definitely not forgotten in Pleasance's programme, as Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels, Little Top, Beetlemania: Kafka For Kids, So You Think You Know About
Dinosaurs and many more are certain to bring infectious laughter to children of all ages.
265 shows comes to just nearly ten different shows every single day of the Fringe, so you better get ready for a non-stop wave of laughter, joyful entertainment and awe-inspiring art this August in Edinburgh, courtesy of the Pleasance.
Pleasance, Various Venues, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug. Tickets are on sale now at pleasance.co.uk.