Why are we here? What’s this all for? World renowned songsmith John Thorn begins his latest collection DIRT with these questions and explores the meaning of life, the future of humanity and even attempts an answer or two.
Following in the footsteps of Tom Lehrer, Mose Allison, Tom Waits and Randy Newman, Thorn combines sublime piano playing, smoky baritone vocals, hard swinging grooves, wry lyrics and addictively catchy melodies in a masterful display of timeless songwriting that will have the audience simultaneously tapping along and inwardly seeking answers to life’s eternal questions.
DIRT displays John’s mastery of genres including jazz, blues, country, gospel and New Orleans funk.
Along with his solo shows John is one of Australia’s leading music theatre composers and well known internationally as one of the world’s premier musical improv accompanists (Spontaneous Broadway, Jason Kravits) and as musical director to the stars of cabaret (Meow Meow, Bob Downe, Barb Jungr, Caroline Nin). His most recent show was described by Barry Humphries as ‘miraculous’.
“An incisive and wonderfully melodic songwriter, brilliant pianist and an engaging interpreter of song, John is an absolute jem.”Joe Stilgoe
“Poetry for the planet”Nikki Brazil
SHOW DETAILS VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431) DATES: 15th – 27th August TIME: 14:00 TICKET PRICES: £10 and £8
Yes it’s back with all its mayhem and humour and hosted by the legend that is Erik a true legend in his own lunch time. 3 gin tastings and a host of information about the history, the making and the taste of Gin. With the show sprinkled with a sparkling talent of Fringe variety acts from across the Fringe we try to cram this brilliantly funny and amusing show into an hour and 10 minutes. With it being sold out in 2019 it’s a must for you to grab your ticket for this year’s show as early as possible. 3 great gins, great education and great entertainment – it’s just a great Fringe show.
VENUE: Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41) Dunedin Stage DATES: 5th to 28th August TIME: 20.30 SHOW DURATION:1 hour, 10 minutes TICKET PRICES: £15
This is our Burlesque competition which brings out some of the most talented and experienced dancers to our Edinburgh Fringe competition. This dance art form is firmly in mainstream entertainment these days and is opening up to new audiences all the time. Our competition, fought out over the whole run of the fringe will land its talented winner a £1,000 prize and a show of their own at next year’s fringe. With a panel of knowledgeable experts who will judge the talent on display each night, you the audience will be able to help them in their decisions.
With a fantastic host and compere come and join us for a fun night of light entertainment.
VENUE: Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41) Dunedin Stage DATES: 5th to 28th August TIME: 19.10 TICKET PRICES: £15 and £12
The Jive Aces swing back into action at the Edinburgh Fringe for three shows full of energy with their trademark yellow suits! Covering songs by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald and more, the show is a mixture of classic swing, hot jazz, honking rhythm & blues and boogie-woogie.
The Jive Aces recently returned from a highly successful month-long USA tour demonstrating exactly why they are the UK’s No 1 jive and swing band!
The only swing band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”, they put a smile on usually grumpy Simon Cowell’s face and their audition video has been seen by millions worldwide.
Their highly entertaining mix of musicianship and showmanship has led to performances in over 40 countries from Thailand to Turkey and venues from Glastonbury to Buckingham Palace.
‘Simply sensational’ Stage
‘Absolutely brilliant’ Simon Cowell
SHOW DETAILS VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431) DATES: 8th – 10th August TIME: 20:30 SHOW DURATION: 1 hour TICKET PRICES: £15 and £12.50