CINEMA and TV stars have become a regular sight at the Fringe over the last few years. Everyone from Michael Barrymore to The Hoff, Benidorm’s Madge to Matthew Kelly and Lorraine Chase have headed to the Capital come August for a bit of Fringe fun.
This year is no different with stars of small screen sitcoms, dramas and reality shows set to entertain.
First on the radar is Dad’s Army’s Private Pike Ian Lavender, who stars alongside Omid Djalili in The Shawshank Redemption at the Assembly Rooms, on George Street. A poignant new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale of death and life in a men’s prison, it promises to be a highlight of this year’s festival.
Everybody’s favourite Dublin mammy’s next-door neighbour, Winnie McGoogan, also pops over to the Fringe this August in the shape of Eilish O’Carroll.
Eilish performs her one-woman show Live Love Laugh, at the Pleasance Courtyard. A revealing, emotional and comic journey, Eilish reflects on her own life; growing up in 1950s Dublin, moving through two failed marriages, coming out, and embracing getting old.
Staying with the Irish connection, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars in Howie the Rookie, at the Assembly Hall on The Mound. Tom, best known as Nidge in the gritty Dublin set crime drama Love/Hate, will soon be a familiar face in the UK too as Channel 5 are about to screen the first two series of the award-winning series.
Elizabeth McGovern, meanwhile, comes from a more refined background, or at least the character she is best known for does, Downton Abbey’s Lady Cora. Elizabeth fronts her band Sadie and The Hot Heads at the New Town Theatre, again on George Street, throughout August.
Dalkeith’s Any Dream Will Do star Keith Jack also returns to the Fringe in the new musical Sincerely, Mr Toad, at the Pleasance Dome, while Holywood and Strictly Come Dancing favourite Corey Feldman stars in White’s Lies, at Assembly, on George Square.
Finally, also from Stateside, Caroline Rhea, Aunt Hilda in Sabrina The Teenage Witch, is back, too, at the Gilded Balloon this time, with a brand new stand-up show.