Fringe benefits at City Varieties Music Hall

Can’t make it to Edinburgh this year? Don’t worry, City Varieties have The Fringe covered.

Saturday 7 September 2019
STARNGERS ON A TRAIN SET

Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook (patent pending, as seen on Dragon’s Den) finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train she is travelling on emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead.

But this is no ordinary train, each passenger is reading a book, each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train related crime fiction.

With clever use of projection and multiple train sets, LipService give you a whistle stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach. The show that appeals to crime aficionados and narrow-gauge railway enthusiasts alike.

Thursday 12 September 2019
THE TAPE FACE SHOW

Tape Face returns to the UK with brand new show! New Jokes, New Props, Same Tape.

After storming into America and being seen by 51 million people online, Tape Face lands back on UK soil and hits the road. Putting your shoes on will never be the same after seeing this show.

Wednesday 25 September 2019
GEORGE EGG: MOVABLE FEAST

Brand new comedy from the stand-up who cooks on stage. In this show he’s on the road! It’s time for Planes, Trains and Automob-meals (sorry).

George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end, provided you can stop laughing.

Wednesday 16 October 2019
FRISKY AND MANNISH: POPLAB

Ten years since they burst onto the scene with their wildly popular brand of musical infotainment, Frisky & Mannish are officially Pop PhDs, fully qualified to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever.

For the first time, you are invited into their PopLab to peek down the microscope at all their latest research projects. Have they found an effective vaccine for the contagious virus sweeping through the pop world? Who is the latest to benefit from their 80s Dance-Pop Conservation Program? How can Coldplay be so popular even though everyone you ask says they hate them? Brush up on your Pop Periodic Table with the mad scientists themselves, and you’ll be able to answer academic questions yourself.

Shameless Edinburgh Fringe sell-outs 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. International jetsetters from Shepherd’s Bush Empire to Sydney Opera House. Adelaide and Brighton prize winners. BBC Radio 1 regulars and stars of BBC2, BBC3 & ITV. Cabarioters. Hosts of the Social Vommentary podcast. Hosts of The Frisky & Mannish Podcast.

Age guidance 14+.

Fri 18 & Sat 19 October 2019
AUSTENTATIOUS

Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark.

The show comes fresh from six sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a weekly residency in London’s West End and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s death.

Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike.

Age guidance 12+.

Sat 2 May 2020
PETE FIRMAN AND THE AMAZING TBC

Witness the first, and possibly final performance, of The World’s Greatest Magical Double Act!

Award-winning magician/comedian Pete Firman returns with a magic show like you’ve never seen before. Every night he will be joined by a different special guest who has no previous conjuring experience. Together they will perform jaw-dropping magic without any rehearsal. Unplanned! Unpredictable! Unwise!

Age guidance: 14+