Gilded Balloon at the Museum, the Rose and Teviot

Published: 11 May 2017
Reporter: David Chadderton

Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon has announced a Fringe programme across three venues: National Museum of Scotland, Rose Theatre and its usual home of Gilded Balloon Teviot.

Former host of The Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson, returns to the Fringe for the first time in 24 years. Fred MacAulay, barbershop darlings The Kinsey Sicks, physicist-cum-magician Kevin Quantum, The Reduced Shakespeare Company, Ayesha Hazarika, Tiff Stevenson, Patrick Monahan and punning pianist Adam Kay will also appear.

Also featured are Jocky Wilson Said, the play about the Scottish darts hero, Assessment from Robert Dawson Scott, new writing from Therese Ramstedt with Mission Abort, Andy Gray and Grant Stott’s Double Feature; Storyteller about myths, folktales, legends and the stories we tell ourselves today, the return of Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas, disturbed, surrealist, satirical chat show Andre Tonight! and Late Night Lip Service, a "no-holds-barred, midnight madness, drag-cabaret fusion" featuring the Fringe debut of 7ft-tall bearded queen Gingzilla.

The newly announced programme adds to the previous announcements of shows from Scott Gibson, Luisa Omielan's Politics for Bitches / What Would Mary Magdalene Do?!, Shazia Mirza, Tommy Tiernan, Aunty Donna, Late’n’Live and, returning to the Fringe for the first time in four years, Puppetry of the Penis.

Karen and Katy Koren, Directors of Gilded Balloon, said, “our programme is reflective of the diversity that defines the Fringe year on year, and it is an honour to be a part of the Fringe’s 70th birthday. We have exciting, important new work that we are incredibly proud to support and nurture as part of the Gilded Balloon family, as well as some truly fabulous Fringe favourites joining us once again in celebration of this wonderful festival.”