McLean-Williams @ The Edinburgh Fringe

The world’s largest arts festival has started and will end on the 27th of August and we are proud to have 3 of our clients taking part this year! 

Alex Dee – After Today

Alex stars as Bill Grundy in Tim Connery & Doug Kirby’s two-hander After Today.

Following the disastrous yet now iconic interview Grundy conducted with the Sex Pistols on Today in December 1976, the rude and flippant punk rockers were propelled into stardom while Grundy’s career and reputation was decimated. 3 years later, Bill is presenting a dull show about castles directed by Julian, played by Ankur Sengupta. He must now survive the castle/Julian-based drudgery while he reminisces about that fabled interview and eulogies on youth, middle age, drinking, the decline of society and those unemployable louts who ruined his career.

This drama/black comedy is at PQA Venues @ Riddles Court (Venue No.) at 3pm throughout the Festival. 

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Dami Olukoya – The Forecast

Dami stars as Aramide in Limbik Theatre’s The Forecast.

Set in a dystopian near future, it follows four women from opposite corners of the globe. Fleeing war, poverty, debt and environmental destruction, they have been employed by a family as the latest consumer craze and status symbol for the middle-class: living human garden ornaments. Inspired by Booker Prize winner George Saunder’s short story The Semplica Girl Diaries, it asks big questions about what kind of society we are hurtling towards, where the logic of post-truth capitalism ends, and what people are willing to sacrifice for a better life.

Returning from a successful Fringe run in 2017, this potent and fascinating show will be at Zoo Charteris (Venue No. 124) at 6pm from the 13th to the 26th of August

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Pernilla Holland – Pop Ditz

Pernilla is returning to Edinburgh with her one-woman show Pop Ditz.

It’s a contemporary clown and character show about pop culture, obsessions and freedom of expression performed by one ditsy Norwegian. A patchwork of visual surrealism, observations, and idiocy through comedy, music and movement.

This unique and hilarious comedy will be at Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre (Venue No. 27) at 10pm throughout the Fringe (excluding the 13th).

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Adam Lilley – Rain Man

Adam will be playing Babbitt family lawyer Mr Mooney in the Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company’s production of Rain Man, presented by Bill Kenwright, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (An American in Paris, Aspects of Love, This House), and debuting on the 21st of August at the Windsor Theatre Royal before touring around the nation and finishing in late November in Northampton. 

The inaugural production by this company, it is a direct retelling of the 1988 Best Picture Oscar winner starring Matthew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, Bad Education) and Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall) as brothers Raymond and Charlie Babbitt,  originally played by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. 

It tells the story of an abrasive selfish and young wheeler-dealer Charlie who, after the death of his estranged father, is bequeathed a vintage cream-coloured Buick Roadmaster convertible. However, the bulk of his father’s $3 million estate went to an as-yet unknown party.

Charlie discovers that the money is being directed to a mental institution where Charlie meets his brother Raymond, an idiot savant with unfathomable skills at mental arithmetic. In an attempt to get his hands on his father’s fortune, he takes Raymond out of the facility and they embark on a road-trip across America but Charlie soon discovers that Raymond is worth more to him than anything they could win at the Blackjack tables.

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Julie Barclay – Loot

Julie features as Mrs Mary McLeavy in Joe Orton’s Loot, produced by Black RAT productions in association with the Blackwood Miner’s Institute, directed by Richard Turnley and will be touring throughout Wales in Autumn. 

Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal’s old Mum has just died. Ludicrous slapstick meets dubious morals as the two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in Mum’s occupied coffin, all whilst trying to avoid a crazed policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.

With the money safely hidden, there’s no place for Mum whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times and our reprehensible theives  stumble their way through the story with hilarious consequences. 

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Dami Olukoya – The Forecast

Dami stars as Aramide in Limbik Theatre’s The Forecast which has just wrapped at the Edinburgh Fringe and will be going to Liverpool, Doncaster, Halifax and York over the next few months.

Set in a dystopian near future, The Forecast follows four women from four corners of the globe. Fleeing war, poverty, debt and environmental destruction, they have been employed by a family as the latest consumer craze and status symbol for middle-class households: Living, human garden ornaments. Inspired by Booker Prize winner George Saunders’ short story  “The Semplica Girl Diaries,” The Forecast asks big questions about what kind of society we are hurtling towards, where the logic of post-truth capitalism ends, and what people are willing to sacrifice for a better life. 

Back home in Nigeria, Dami’s character Aramide was a princess; her father a big-time sunflower farmer. She grew up in a compound, a well-educated child of privilege. But then the war came, and this “job” offered her a way out. Proud, educated, intelligent, she is here to survive and play by the rules. She has a biting sense of humour, endures her colleagues, and wants nothing from them in return. But when the war ends before her contract is up, her hopes and fears for her family and husband overwhelm her rational, calculating manner.

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Richard Calkin – Age Before Beauty

Richard is featured in the upcoming BBC Drama Age Before Beauty, produced by Mainstream Pictures and airing Tuesdays at 9 on BBC One.

The all-new 6-parter by acclaimed Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield filmed on location in and around Manchester, it focuses on Bel (Polly Walker), a home-maker and mother of two, and the proprietor of the family-run Mirrorbel Beauty Salon in Manchester’s stylish Northern Quarter.

After spending the last 18 years raising a family, she steps in to save her family’s failing beauty business. She will now have to contend with the salon’s high-maintenance staff, who just so happen to be her own family. Feuds and bitter rivalries, both professional and personal, escalate in the salon amongst the Botox, fillers and face-lifts, all while trying to stem off the downfall of their salon. 

Richard plays Hector el Xavier del Santos de Macarena, a sultry Latin bullfighter and the current boy-toy of the salon’s spray tan technician, and Bel’s mother, Ivy-Rae (Sue Johnston). 

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Jean-Baptiste Fillon – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Jean-Baptiste features in Christopher McQuarrie’s action blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Fallout, in cinemas nationwide from the 24th July.

With a star-studded cast including Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg and Vanessa Kirby, Mission: Impossible follows Ethan Hunt and his IMF team in a race against time after a mission goes wrong.

When an IMF mission ends badly and Solomon Lane escapes custody, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.

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Amy Allen – Henry V

Amy played the King’s cousin the Earl of Westmorland in Shakespeare’s Henry V at the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. 

It tells the story of King Henry before and after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, a now-legendary English victory over a massively outnumbering French force during the Hundred Years’ War. It’s the end of a series of history plays written by Shakespeare starting with Richard II and Henry IV Part 1 & Part 2

This epic about conflict and warfare is enhanced by its setting, the picturesque fields of Bedales School just outside Petersfield in Hampshire, and ran from the 18th to the 24th of July. 

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Daniel Jacob – Everyone’s Talking About Jamie

Daniel is playing the role of Sandra Bollock and covering Jamie’s Dad in the critically acclaimed production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre.  A real feel-good show that you will come out of smiling and singing your heart out!

It’s currently one of the hottest tickets in the West End and has been green-lit for a feature-length film produced by Sheffield-based Warp Films. 

The show is so popular it won 3 ‘What’s On Stage Awards’ for Best Actor in a Musical, Best New Musical & Best Supporting Actress in Musical and was nominated in 5 different categories at the 2018 Olivier Awards.

A brand new British musical by composer and lyricist duo Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, the uplifting coming-of-age story finally arrives in London.

Based on a true story, the musical follows sixteen-year-old Jamie, who resides on a Sheffield council estate. Terrified about the near-future and struggling to find his feet after his Dad leaves, Jamie finds it increasingly difficult to fit in at school. But Jamie is destined for something better, brighter and completely sensational. With the help of his ever-supportive Mum and friends, Jamie finds a way to overcome the prejudice and battle the bullies in order to step into the spotlight.

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Robyn Wilson – Eigengrau

Robyn stars as the role of Rose in the production of Eigengrau at the Greenwich Theatre from 30th July to the 11th August. 

Eigengrau / [ay-gen-gr-ow ] – noun. intrinsic light; the colour seen by the eye in perfect darkness.

In a city where Gumtree can feel like your closest friend, looking for the right person can lead you to all the wrong places.

Rose believes in true love and leprechauns.

Cassie believes in the power of change.

Mark believes in the power of marketing.

Tim believes in nothing at all.

New Light Productions’ 2018 revival of Penelope Skinner’s whirlwind of a play dives into four London lives, swinging from flat to flat, karaoke bar to Eastbourne Pier, asking us what we really believe in, and what we are prepared to sacrifice to get it.

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Lisa George – Coronation Street Canadian Tour

After a successful tour of Canada in 2016, “The Factory Girls”are off to Canada again this September. 

Shows are already booked and selling out in Edmonton, Red Dear, Calgary, Kelowna & Winnipeg. 

A rare treat for Coronation Street fans, Beth & Sinead offer a chance to hear from the newer generation of Corrie Stars who are behind the sewing machines and exciting story lines at the Underworld Factory. Showcasing Lisa George who plays Beth Sutherland and Katie McGlynn who play Sinead Tinker her niece on Britain’s longest-running television drama.

In a hosted on stage interview style show see the gals & hear all about their world, in front of the cameras and behind the scenes on Coronation Street’s cobbles.

Anecdotes, inside information plus way more . Get the scoop & maybe a few secrets – it’s all there, as Beth and Sinead welcome Canadian fans into their Weatherfield world.

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