Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of The Fringe (3 shows): Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2018
Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of The Fringe: (4 shows): Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2019
To date, Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of The Fringe has been going for an incredible twenty-eight years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In August 2018, I saw three mid-day showcases and in August 2019 I saw four. Fronted by the Fringe’s greatest compere, in his trademark pink suit, the very genial Stutter bounded onto the stage armed with guitar ready to entertain the lunchtime audience. Stutter gave the audience comic songs and up to the minutes stories and jokes. It would be a terrific show if it just featured the legendary Stutter. However, once the introduction was complete, Stutter introduced excerpts from seven fringe acts that have been researched by his team before chatting to them about their show. What makes this show special is that snippets of theatre productions are included as well as the comedians and singers making a real variety spectacle. Once the show was over, the audience could choose whether to see the full show or not.
In August 2019, I also saw the unique annual Spirit of The Fringe Awards Show – The Mervs – on the last day which featured the best of the talented shows. This formula has worked year after year and always makes my Fringe going experience. Like Stutter’s masses of fans, I will plan to continue to go and see the wonderful platform for acts for many years to come.