McLean-Williams at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019

This year McLean-Williams has three shows with our clients in as part of the month-long arts extravaganza that dominates the entirety of Edinburgh with over 2.5 million tickets sold for nearly 3,400 across 300 venues in 2017 and numbers only increasing since then!

Lizzie Mounter will be starring in Lung Theatre’s Who Cares at Summerhall (Venue 26) from the 31st of July until the 25th of August. Co-produced with The Lowry in Manchester and having just completed a national tour, this hard-hitting and illuminating piece into the everyday lives and struggles of young carers adapted from real-life testimonies. This incisive piece of verbatim theatre has already been featured on critics’ lists of Fringe favourites so get tickets while you can!

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Chelcie Thomas co-stars in Rage, But Hope at Summerhall (Venue 26) from the 13th to the 17th of August. Written by award-winning writer Stephanie Martin, it tells seven interconnected vibrant and diverse stories inspired by the Extinction Rebellion uprisings earlier this year which ground major UK cities to a standstill. This show is being produced by The Earth Ensemble, a collaboration of actors, writers, poets and musicians to came together during the ER uprisings in London to create theatre that engages people directly and shines a light on the crisis of climate change. 

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Max Percy co-stars in George at the Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) from the 31ast of July until the 26th of August. Having already received glowing reviews when it was performed at the Camden People’s Theatre this spring, Contingency Theatre’s brand of wild physical performance with pitch-dark humour arrives at the Fringe. It tells the story of a man named George (shocking I know but bear with me) and the life-changing opportunity he gets to meet the mysterious “J”, leaving his old life behind and setting off on a course of self-discovery revealing the howling madness of modern living.

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Jenny Sawyer – Shrek The Musical

Jenny is currently winging her way to Australia for auditions as preparations are in place for the Australian premiere of Shrek The Musical.

The show will open on the 1st of January in Sydney before venturing on to Melbourne and Brisbane for a month each before closing on the 28th of June.

The show is being produced by John Frost of The Gordon Frost Organisation. 

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Georgia Slowe – Agatha Raisin

Georgia guest-stars as Ellen Partle in the 3rd episode of the 2nd season of the murder-mystery comedy/drama Agatha Raisin, airing this Friday on Sky One at 9 after being available for viewing on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku since last Autumn courtesy of Acorn TV.

Starring Ashley Jensen, Matthew Horne and Katy Wix; Agatha Raisin is based off the best-selling mystery novels by Marion Chesney released under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton. (With a name like that how is these books not hip-hop concept albums?)

It centres around a frustrated yet endearing middle-aged former-PR agent who moved from London to the village of Carsely in the Cotswolds after selling her firm and taking early retirement.

Of course she hasn’t been out of work, solving many confounding mysteries and grizzly murders over 29 different novels, even if the police and even some of her friends insist she solves them through accident and sheer dumb luck. 

Each episode acts as a small film depicting the events of one of M.C. Beaton’s novels. This entry, “Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate”, starts with the arrival of a handsome new curate (an assistant to the village’s vicar) but suddenly murder strikes and one of Agatha’s friends becomes the prime suspect.

To watch the trailer click here

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Boris Heistand – Overwatch

Boris is the voice of Sigma, the newest addition to the ever-expanding roster of playable characters in the wildly popular video game Overwatch.

Developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, the minds behind the genre-defining Warcraft and Starcraft series, it is a team-based first-person-shooter in which people play in two groups of six each playing as a single “hero” from a talent pool of over 30 all with their own unique play-style. They then use teamwork and skill to either secure/defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map before the timer runs out.

Sigma (real name Siebren de Kuiper) is a brilliant Dutch scientist and astrophysicist who falls under the “tank” archetype of the Overwatch roster, meaning he’s designed to soak up damage and attention from the other team leaving the others to go about their business securing locations or killing off members of the rival team. 

In an attempt to understand the fundamental mechanics of the universe he was involved in an experiment that went catastrophically wrong, leaving him deeply psychologically damaged but with the power to manipulate gravity. He is crafted into a living weapon by Talon, a terrorist organisation lead by Doomfist (another playable character) who believe that humanity is made stronger by war and conflict; and let loose on the battlefield.

Sigma has joined a stacked roster full of incredibly varied and eccentric characters including a Japanese cyborg ninja, a literal cowboy, a Swedish dwarf, a Brazilian DJ, a genetically-enhanced gorilla from the moon and a hyper-intelligent hamster who rolls around in a heavily-armoured wheel strapped with heavy ordinance.

To get a sense of how mind-blowingly popular this game is during the first year of its release (2016) Blizzard Entertainment made over $1 billion in revenue and had more than 40 million players worldwide after two years. To put that into perspective, if every single person living in Canada played Overwatch at the exact same time, you’d still be over 3 million people short.

The reveal trailer for Boris’ character has already reached 4.7 million views in 2 days and is, at the time of writing, the top trending video on Youtube. 

Overwatch is also a widely-played esport, with an entire league, creatively named the Overwatch League, of 20 international teams playing in a fully-fledged sports leagues with points, tables, play-offs and a championship final worth $3.5 million to the winners, the most recent being our local team London Spitfire. There have even been calls to have esports, including Overwatch, as part of the Olympic Games. 

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Reginald Edwards – Brighton Beach Memoirs

Reg is co-starring as Jacob “Jack” Jerome in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs as part of the Frinton Summer Theatre running from the 23rd of July until the 27th.

Directed by Frinton’s General Manager & Co-Artistic Director Edward Max, it tells the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story of Jewish Polish-American teenager Eugene Morris Jerome living in Depression-era Brighton Beach, the neighbourhood in Brooklyn New York not the British seaside town.

Eugene experiences puberty, sexual awakening and his search of identity all while trying to deal with his unhappy and financially insecure family living under one room including his mother and father, his widowed aunt, his older brother and two cousins. 

Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first of Neil Simon’s “Eugene Trilogy”, continuing with Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound.

Sadly passing away last August at the age of 91, Simon wrote over 30 plays and has the record for most combined Oscar and Tony nominations of any writer, penning consistently successful plays from 1961 until 2003 garnering the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991 and having a theatre on Broadway named in his honour in 1983, becoming the only living playwright to receive such an honour.