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Mervyn Stutter’s Pick Of The Fringe – 20th Year!

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

‘Pick of the Fringe’, now in its twentieth year, is a veritable Edinburgh institution, offering a preview of eight acts from across the spectrum: theatre rubs up against music, comedy nestles with dance. Pink-suited and gregarious, compère Mervyn Stutter is an engaging and clearly enthusiastic host, often to be heard chuckling from the stage-side as the acts perform. The acts themselves are well-selected, complementary without becoming repetitive, and Stutter’s enthusiasm is contagious – the audience cheer and whoop their way through previews of existentialist puppet shows (‘The Table’) and improvised musicals (‘Showstoppers’) alike. It’s hard to get a real feel for an Edinburgh show in ten minutes, but ‘Pick of the Fringe’ gets very, very close.

Pleasance Courtyard, 6 – 28 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 1.00pm (2.30pm), £7.50 – £10.00, fpp117.
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