It’s Edinburgh Fringe hangover day so here is Porl’s last feature from the festival:
Piff the Magic Dragon – Last of the Magic Dragons
I first encountered this charm-laden creature at The Bongo Club at Edinburgh Fringe 2010, and was determined to have him someday soon appear on a Lowry stage. I got my wish after the green scaly one made a recent guest appearance in Sideshow – a precursor to finally appearing in his own solo show Last of the Magic Dragons here next month. Piff the Magic Dragon announced his arrival by reaching the final of Hackney Empire’s New Act of the Year in 2009. He then scooped the Best Comedy Act award at the Buxton Fringe Festival 2009 and unleashed his debut show, Piff-Tacular, on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hugely successful and critically acclaimed, the show broke the free fringe record for biggest takings in a single night. Returning to the festival in 2010, the show’s sequel Piff-Tacular 2: Get Rich or Die Trying, was one of the Top 3 Picks of the Fringe by BBC’s The One Show, resulting in an appearence on BBC Breakfast.
He has recently returned from a sell-out tour of Australia where he was described as “genuinely side-splittingly funny… If there’s one show that lives up to its hype this Fringe World season, it’s Piff-Tacular 2!” (ArtsHub)
Piff’s creator, John van der Put, was awarded The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year in March 2011 and has created magic for Heston Blumenthal, David Blaine and the National Theatre.
So what is at the source of all this hysteria?
Or could the true appeal actually be his faithful sidekick Mr Piffles, the World’s First Levitating and Card Trick-Performing Chihuahua, who is fast becoming a star in his own right, but must remain content in having only a share in the limelight for the time being?
Whatever the reason, and to mirror Piff’s Edinburgh success, Last of the Magic Dragons is our fastest selling Studio gig of the autumn! He sold out so quickly that we managed to persuade Piff to arrive a little earlier to deliver an additional show at 5pm – don’t miss out!
If you were lucky enough to be at the festival we hope you’re recovering well at home. If you missed out this year then make sure to check out some of the funniest acts on their way to The Lowry direct from the festival including:
Translunar Paradise (Theatre Ad Infinitum in development with The Lowry)
Plus more to be announced via My Lowry very soon.
And finally, many congratulations to Adam Riches, a University of Salford graduate, who won a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches. Read more in The Independant…