Edinburgh Fringe: best shows at the Gilded Balloon

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Edinburgh Fringe: best shows at the Gilded Balloon

It's that time of year: venues, artists and other festival keenos are starting to announce their Edinburgh Fringe programmes. Gilded Balloon are the latest ones to reveal what tricks they've got up their sleeve for August, and there are some exciting new venue news from them to boot.

This year, the National Museum of Scotland and Gilded Balloon have joined forces, and 18 productions covering adult and children's theatre, comedy and music will take place at the museum on Chambers Street. There's also a pop-up bar inside the venue, a full-functioning box office, and an outside bar selling bevvies to ticket holders and non-ticket holders alike.

It's not just NMS that has been scooped up the GB lot: the Counting House will be running an alternative model, which aims to help smaller performers present their work at the Festival. Under a Pay What You Want arrangement, audiences can either buy a ticket in advance, or go to a show and pay whatever they want at the end.

Here, we pick six shows from the programme that we're pretty excited about seeing.

The Animotion Show by Maria Rud
Russian artist Rud paints live to original music, written and performed by David Heath and DJ Dolphin Boy.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Wed 3–Sun 14 Aug, 6pm.

Rory Bremner Meets…
The impressionist and comedian hosts one-off chats with a variety of guests.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Sun 13–Fri 19 Aug, 9pm.

Night at the Museum
Comedians from around the world do an improvised set based on genuine artefacts from the museum.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Tue 4–Sat 13 Aug; Fri 19 & Sat 20 Aug; Fri 26 & Sat 27 Aug; times vary.

Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur
An adaptation of Arthur: High King of Britain, written by acclaimed novelist Michael Morpurgo.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Wed 3–Mon 29 Aug (not Tue 16, Mon 22), 2.45pm.

The Fabulous Punch & Judy Show
An adults-only spectacle, describing itself as a 'hysterical, murderous live action romp'.
Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, Wed 3–Mon 29 Aug (not Tue 16 & Tue 23).

Amy Howerska: Smashcat
An hour of unfiltered comedy from the funny lady.
Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, Wed 3–Mon 29 Aug.

Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur

  • 4 stars

Story Pocket Theatre An epic tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful. A drowning boy is rescued by a mysterious figure who claims to be Arthur Pendragon. As the old man tells his stories, he is…

Rory Bremner Meets…

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner hosts seven shows of comedy and conversation with hand-picked, special guests. Rory and each guest will perform a short set with lively conversation in between. Top stand-up combined with chat, stories and insight from some of the best comedians…

Amy Howerska: Smashcat

CWTCH Comedy Welsh-Jewish-Polish-Irish BBC-box-ticking wet dream Amy Howerska brings you another hour of unfiltered comedy stuffing. Fresh from scribbling on Radio 4's Now Show and NewsJack as well as popping up on Channel 4 (and in your local shop buying Wotsits). Howerska asks the important questions: Can you love…

The AniMotion Show PEACE- WAR

In association with Aurora Nova Returning in a new theatrical format that builds on 2015's outdoor extravaganza, The AniMotion Show premieres Peace and War. Russian artist Maria Rud paints live to original music written and performed by virtuoso flautist David Heath and DJ Dolphin Boy. Maria’s dreamlike painted…

The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show

The Cafe Debris Company Forget puppets! The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show is a hysterical, murderous live action romp, so leave your sensitivities at the door and enjoy this wicked adults-only spectacle. Based on the 1832 puppet show by Collier and Cruikshank, The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show is a viciously dark comedy…

Night at the Museum

Gilded Balloon Join the best comedians from across the globe as they blur the line between arteFACT and arteFICTION in an improvised set prompted by genuine objects found in the National Museum of Scotland archives! This unrehearsed show and tell might not be historically, or even culturally accurate, but it’s…

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