New shows announced as part of the Pleasance's 2017 Fringe lineup
Sue Perkins, James Acaster, Dave Johns and more add to the shows already on sale
It may only be April but it's never too early to start thinking about your plans for the Fringe, especially when there's so much phenomenal stuff out there to try and catch. If you haven't had much of a chance to properly mull it over, now is the ideal time because the Pleasance have just announced over a hundred new shows as part of their 2017 Fringe lineup, adding to the 25 shows already on the programme.
Often seen as one of the main hubs of activity in August, the Pleasance will be responsible for bringing an array of acts to the Fringe from newcomers to long-standing favourites. Along with the acts that have already been announced as part of the comedy programme, the Pleasance will be welcoming back Sue Perkins, Live at the Apollo and Sara Pascoe, as well as Nick Helm, Pippa Evans, Doug Anthony All Stars, Dane Baptiste, Gary Delany and Matt Forde. Max and Ivan's award-winning The Wrestling will also be making a return along with five time Edinburgh Comedy Awards-nominee James Acaster, Joseph Morpurgo, Richard Herring, Adam Riches, Butt Kapinski and I, Daniel Blake star Dave Johns, whose last show was in the Pleasance Attic in 1999.
As far as debuts go, the Pleasance will be welcoming three double acts this year; The Death Hilarious, Sisters: White Noise and Great British Mysteries, along with solo acts Tom Lucy, Ingrid Oliver, Phoebe Walsh of sketch group Oyster Eyes, Darren Harriot and British-Kurdish comedian Kae Kurd.
Elsewhere on the programme, you'll find some excellent new theatre including Cardboard Citizens' Cathy, Bristol-based Wardrobe Ensemble's Education, Education, Education, Pit Theatre's Sapiens, and Worklight Theatre's new production Monster. The theatre programme also features A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), which is supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund-supported Flesh and Bone, along with British Council Showcase shows Girls, Home, Plan B for Utopia and Testosterone.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Theatre Ad Infinitum will be returning to the Fringe with Translunar Paradise and The Odyssey, as will Incognito Theatre, who are bringing back their sell-out 2016 show All Quiet on the Western Front.
The Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) and Pleasance Theatre Trust have also teamed up in a new initiative which aims to support graduates in Acting, Performance and Technical Theatre from Scotland's Colleges and Higher Education Institutions, with a show being produced every year for the Pleasance's Fringe programme. This year's production is Snowflake, directed by Mark Thomson, former Artistic Director of the Lyceum Theatre Company.
The 132 new shows are now on sale and join acts like Katy Brand, Brennan Reece, French dance troupe Tutu and Theatre Re's Nature of Forgetting, which were announced earlier.
Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance said: 'The Pleasance programme this year is truly spectacular, the work on show the very best. For seventy years the Festival Fringe has been a window for some of the greatest artists in the world. This year the Pleasance programme stands up alongside the very best of those.'
Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from Fri 4–Mon 28 Aug 2017.