Filmed in front of a live audience, Sue Perkins presents her final show from 2014's Edinburgh Festival. She is joined by some familiar faces on the sofa, Mark Watson gives his thoughts on the Fringe and there is live music and performance.
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Japan Marvelous Drummers
Japan Marvelous Drummers provide the beats for the final Edinburgh Nights, with an extract from their show which fuses dance, humour and theatrics to the rhythm of traditional Japanese instruments including the Koto (Japanese harp) and Shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute).
Having performed in more than 20 countries, including the United States, India, Taiwan, Brazil and Korea, 2014 marks their first time performing in Edinburgh.
Japan Marvelous Drummers
Assembly George Square Theatre
17.30 until 25th August
Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is back in Edinburgh, but this year he’s swapped stand-up for the Book Festival. In his memoir Hopeful: An Autobiography, Djalili explores his unconventional childhood growing up in his parents’ guesthouse for visiting Iranians in London.
Djalili is no stranger to the city of festivals - his big break in stand-up was at the Fringe in 1995 with Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son. He has since gone on to win the Time Out Award for Best Stand-up Comedian, front The Omid Djalili Show on BBC One and star in numerous Hollywood films such as Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and The Mummy.
Photo credit: Pal Hanson.
Hopeful: An Autobiography By Omid Djalili
Published 28th August.
Olivia Poulet is starring in a revival of Mark Ravenhill’s Product at the Assembly Hall, a satire on the shady underbelly of the film industry where she plays a producer desperately pitching to a film actress. First performed at the Traverse in 2005, Product is already scheduled for a London transfer to The Arcola next May.
Poulet, who is most familiar to audiences for her roles in The Thick of It and Sherlock, returns to Edinburgh for the first time in 5 years having previously taken her own work – The Bird Flu Diaries and The Queef of Terence – to the Fringe.
14.45 until 24th August
Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Amadeus) is one of the UK’s most treasured performers. This year the festival veteran returns to the Edinburgh stage with Juvenalia, his hysterical examination of Roman humour and values.
Originally performed by the actor in the 70s, Callow’s show explores the life of Roman poet Juvenal and his scathing, satirical writings on love, marriage, sex and death. Highlighting our eternal fascination with moral decline, Callow hilariously points out the similarities between Rome AD 100 and our modern world.
Simon Callow in Juvenalia
15:30 until 25th August
This week Mark Watson asks what Fringe success really means - is it about winning awards, box office sales or 5-star reviews? To find out, Mark catches up with fellow comedian Adam Riches and gets his jig on with This Is Ceilidh.
Mark Watson: Flaws
21:00 / 23:50 until 24th August
Everyone’s favourite sexy and psychotic singer-songwriter Loretta Maine is back in town and she’s written an exclusive song for Edinburgh Nights - Loretta’s tribute to Edinburgh.
Loretta Maine is the alter-ego of Pippa Evans, two-time Chortle nominee and part of the award-winning fringe sensation Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
Photo credit: Alex Brenner
Loretta Maine: Strong Independent Woman (Unless I am Very Tired)
Assembly George Square Gardens
19:45 until 24th August
Tshwane Gospel Choir
The joyful harmonies of the Tshwane Gospel Choir sing us out of Edinburgh 2014. Using western instruments to interpret African sounds, this soulful South African group deliver a contemporary and memorable gospel performance in the year we celebrate 20 years of full democracy in South Africa.
Assembly George Square Studio
17:05 until 25th August
Watch Edinburgh Later online from 10.30pm
|Executive Producer||Pauline Law|