Children's TV legend Basil Brush to perform adults-only show at Edinburgh Fringe
Basil Brush is best known as a legend of anarchic children’s television, but the famous fox is set to perform a show just for adults at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The show, entitled Basil Brush: Unleashed, is being billed as a more edgy outing for the usually wholesome act.
Read more: BBC defends Michael Jackson song on CBeebies
The adults-only performances will run at Underbelly’s Cow Barn from 6:45pm every day during the festival, in addition to family-friendly events at 1pm.
These shows represent the TV icon’s debut at the Edinburgh Fringe after more than 50 years on the small screen.
Publicity material for the show states: “Expect Basil Brush’s trademark anarchy as he takes on the world with everything from Love Island to Westminster getting a comic brushing. With nightly guests, this is going to be one hell of a debut.”
Basil first appeared in the 1960s and was performed by puppeteer Ivan Owen until he passed away in October 2000.
Michael Winsor took over as the voice behind the character in 2002 and voiced him throughout the five-year run of CBBC sitcom The Basil Brush Show – a spin-off of the series of the same name from the 1960s and 1970s.
Read more: Fireman Sam is putting women off the job, says fire chief
Basil has never appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which has existed as a showcase of the arts since 1947 and is one of the world’s most prominent comedy events.
The festival’s Comedy Awards have honoured names as significant as Frank Skinner, Lee Evans, Al Murray, Bridget Christie and Russell Kane.