Fringe 2022: Gilded Balloon announces Leith expansion and Judy Murray chat show

Gilded Balloon, which has been run from a base in Leith for several years, has revealed plans to stage shows at The Pitt market there after hosting a string of variety nights there in recent months.

He revealed his plans to hold ‘Leith Social’ variety events throughout August as he announced over 150 new shows for this year’s Fringe.

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Tennis coach Judy Murray will team up with actor and comedian Chris Forbes to host their own chat show, which will be hosted at Gilded Balloon’s Teviot Row House headquarters.

Tennis coach Judy Murray will team up with actor and comedian Chris Forbes to host a talk show during this year’s Fringe. Photo: Karl Bridgeman/Getty Images

The couple previously teamed up to create a parody video depicting Forbes as an unknown third Murray brother who cannot play tennis.

Fringe favorite Lynn Ferguson will team up with singer Chesney Hawkes and comedian Neil Harrington for a live podcast, comedian John Bishop and actor Tony Pitts will join forces with their show Three Little Words, the stand-up veteran up Fred MacAulay will be “in conversation” with celebrity guests from the entertainment world. Other artists on Gilded Balloon’s lineup include American comic and actresses Janeane Garofalo, Ken Loach I award-winning film star Dave Johns, Daniel Blake, lead singer of rock band King Crimson Jakko Jakszyk, who will launch a new solo play, and Grace Campbell, the comedian, actress and author, who is also the daughter of former Downing Street spin doctor Alastair Campbell.

Gilded Balloon, which began life in Cowgate in 1986, has expanded from its longtime home at Teviot Row House to the National Museum of Scotland and Adam House on Chambers Street in recent Fringe seasons.

Gilded Balloon Artistic Directors Katy and Karen Koren said, “We are extremely excited to present Leith Social at this year’s festival, just around the corner from our Shore offices.

Gilded Balloon will host ‘Leith Social’ events throughout this year’s Fringe.

“We’ve wanted to bring the energy of the Fringe to this amazing part of town for a while and we’re happy to finally do it in Leith’s favorite hangout, The Pitt Market.”

Gilded Balloon’s plans for The Pitt join a growing lineup of festival events in Leith this summer, which will kick off with the return of the Leith Festival and its Jazz Festival, both in June.

The Leith Theater will reopen for International Festival concerts for the first time in three years in August, Leith-based theater company Grid Iron will stage its latest Walkthrough production in the Leith Academy building, and several concerts have also been confirmed for the Old Dr Bells Bathroom, featuring a charity event with Glasvegas headlining, 1980s pop favorites The Bluebells and a ska night with PorkPie.

Meanwhile, Assembly has added over 90 shows to its schedule, including comics Reginald D Hunter, Phil Wang, Simon Fanshaw, Richard Herring, Rachel Bradley and Nikki Britton.

Gilded Balloon will perform Fringe shows at the Pitt in Leith in August.

Assembly sites will host plays exploring Gina Miller’s lawsuit against the government of Theresa May, one of the first women to fly fighter jets in the British Navy, the release of Gerry Conlon, a member of Guildford Four after 14 years of wrongful imprisonment, and two women from Glasgow. seek asylum from the Ministry of the Interior on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

Other shows will include homages to the musical legacies of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and George Harrison, a “parody reconstruction” of the hit film Titanic, The Queen’s Cartoonists, who perform music from classic animated films like Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

Judy Murray will host a Fringe chat show with actor and comedian Chris Forbes this year at Gilded Balloon’s Teviot Row House.
Comedian John Bishop will be part of Gilded Balloon’s program at this year’s Fringe.