The promoters, whose distinctive pink livery is one of the Fringe’s most familiar sights, will this year be adding their signage to another new venue – the Rose Theatre. The former Charlotte Baptist Chapel, situated at the end of Rose Street, has been bought by Danish director Peter Schaufuss and is undergoing a £1.8million conversion and refurbishment ready for August. Spearheading Gilded’s programme at the new venue will be Craig Ferguson, former host of The Late Late Show, who is back at the Fringe for the first time in 24 years.
Back at HQ, Gilded Balloon Teviot, last year’s Best Newcomer winner Scott Gibson will be returning with more close to the bone honesty in new show Like Father, Like Son. One of the nation’s favourite impressionists Jan Ravens will be making her Edinburgh debut in Teviot Dining Room, while old hand Tommy Tiernan is upstairs in the Debating Hall. There will also be a new hours from Aussie Bec Hill (Out of Order) and anarchist cook George Egg (DIY Chef).
Gilded will also be back at the National Museum of Scotland, which will host the return of one of the breakthrough stars of recent Fringes, Luisa Omielan, introducing us to Politics For Bitches. The museum will also see a more nuanced approach to political matters when author and DJ Stuart Maconie tells how he retraced the steps of the famous Jarrow March 80 years on.
“It’s an honour to be a part of the Fringe’s 70th birthday,” said Karen and Katy Koren, Directors of Gilded Balloon, unveiling the programme.
The full Gilded Balloon is available via their website.