John Thorn: Dirt An Existential SongbooK

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

VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431)
DATES: 15th – 27th August
TIME: 14:00
TICKET PRICES: £10 and £8

The Gin Show

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


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’

‘Absolutely brilliant’
Simon Cowell

VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431)
DATES: 8th – 10th August
TIME: 20:30
TICKET PRICES: £15 and £12.50


Emmy-nominated comedian Mike Glazer has performed for HBO, Comedy Central, Food Network, SXSW, BuzzFeed, and headlines clubs and festivals across America. He’s smoked weed with Snoop Dogg, cooked with Gordon Ramsay, written for Robert DeNiro and Rolling Stone called his live show a ‘best bet’. Julian Stern’s work has been seen at UCB, Nerdmelt, McSweeney’s, Maxim, Playstation and Cosmopolitan. His one-man show As Per Usual, Blows You Away toured New York, DC and LA, where it was performed for a sold-out crowd at the Comedy Central Stage. He has incidentally also smoked with Snoop Dogg.

VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431) Welcome West
DATES: 5th – 28th August
TIME: 21.00

100 SONGS in an hour

David Hoare, winner of the Audience Favourite Award at the Musical Comedy Awards 2021, is attempting to perform 100 songs in an hour. Can he do it? What is the maths on that? Come and find out.

David is a Bristol based musical comedian who combines wit and flare with precise delivery. He’ll have you in stitches with his hilarious songs and boyish charms. This is David’s debut hour show at the fringe, but he has been performing in comedy clubs across the country for several years.

This new show will have songs on a range of topics such as self improvement, trying to keep his relationships together and being neurodivergent.

“An annoyingly funny young man”
Gary Delaney

“High-energy, beautifully timed comedy expertise that has the crowd roaring throughout.”
Bath Echo

VENUE: Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41) Dunedin stage
DATES: 5th to 15th August and 17th to 28th August
TIME: 13.40
TICKET PRICES: £10 and £8 conc. 2 for 1 8th and 9th August)