Edinburgh festival favorite venue Gilded Balloon has announced its full line-up for this year’s Fringe.
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the global event, Gilded Balloon is set to “feature a captivating mix of new and accomplished talent acts, with a big and bold program of exceptional entertainment”.
On the bill are Judy Murray, making her Fringe debut, the BBC and Kaye Adams of Loose Woman, along with dozens of established and up-and-coming artists and comedians.
Teasing what festival-goers can expect this year, organizers say: “Britney Spears, mental health, fitness, relationships, disability and gender are just a snippet of the themes covered, while Hilarious storytelling, music and magic take kids on an unforgettable journey of laughter and self-discovery.”
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“We are thrilled to launch our full show schedule after nearly two and a half years,” said elated Artistic Director Karen Koren. “We are incredibly proud to be working with great international and local shows, artists and companies to showcase their work at this 75th Anniversary Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Scotland – and the world!”
Fellow Artistic Director Katy Koren said, “We’re working hard to ensure this year’s Fringe is the best it can be for everyone involved and excited to support everyone who works with us to thrive this summer. Our program truly has something for everyone, and we hope locals and tourists alike will purchase tickets to once again support such incredible creative talent at the Fringe.”
Who’s ready to play? Here’s what the Gilded Balloon team has to say:
“Looking for fun and feminism? Take note: State of the Nation by Ayesha Hazarika and Elf Lyons’ horror comedy Raven, inspired by Stephen King, are not to be missed. Last stop, Maisie Adam’s Buzzed, nominated for best newcomer, and Grace Campbell’s highly anticipated return after her sold-out 2019 show about her two lifelong passions: men and herself.
“Julie Jay’s This Is Toxic centers on surviving sexism but, above all, is a tribute to the ‘Princess of Pop’ Britney Spears. Everyone’s favorite tennis mom Judy Murray joins actor and comedian Chris Forbes in The Duncan and Judy Show – Duncan being Judy another son!
“Sharing a heartbreaking story you won’t soon forget, Harriet Dyer is an award-winning comedian and mental health advocate while The Guilty Feminist hits us with a laugh-out-loud routine. Other notable performers are Eleanor Tiernan, Esther Manito, Alice Fraser, Lou Conran, Anna Clifford, Janeane Garofalo from the USA and many more!
“Exploring the diagnosis, relationships, sexuality, creativity and history of autism, Ian Lynam’s Autism License aims to prove that people with autism have more to offer than just being good at math. Lost Voice Guy (aka Lee Ridley) presents his brand new show Cerebral LOL-sy at the golden balloon.In a Geordie accent, the winner of The Britain’s Got Talent and star of Ability on BBC Radio 4 pokes fun at his life as a disabled person in a world post-apocalyptic. When the New York Times asked Jamie MacDonald, “What could be the worst thing that could happen to you? Blindness won! But Jamie isn’t so sure. The Life on the Blink star (BBC Radio 4) and Blind Ambition (BBC Two) once hated his eyes, now he loves them (a similar journey he had with olives).
“Jon Canter’s Spoons is a sharp and touching piece about the revenge of a marriage counselor who spent 35 years with bickering partners. Jon has worked alongside Dawn French, Richard Wilson, Fry and Laurie and Lenny Henry.
“Afghanistan Isn’t Funny by Triple Fringe First winner Henry Naylor is an extraordinary award-winning performance that takes us back to the beginning of modern Afghan tragedy. Birds of Passage in the Half Light by Kat Woods is dark and comedy that unravels some of the award-winning writer Keir McAllister’s intervention is a dark comedy full of fun twists as Scot Squad’s BAFTA-winning star Jack Docherty delivers a tender yet playful tale as he grapples with lost youth , love, fatherhood and truth in Nothing But.
“Cameron Young is one of the hottest names in modern magic. He has appeared on national television shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Tu Si Que Vales. His A Secret Show makes his Fringe debut this year.There’s more magic from Tom Crosbie, Kevin Quantum, Pete Heat and headliner and main comedian Pete Firman.
“Jesus L’Oreal is totally worth it! Sassy, dyslexic, he’s the ultimate lifestyle guru who presents an hour of high-octane song and dance. His Jehovah’s Fitness will help you exercise those Pentecostal muscles. Jazz Emu is here to clear his name. He can explain why, and when it comes to theatrical wrestling, Mythos Ragnarok is ready for the rounds.
“Stream Gilded Balloon’s brilliant podcast to hear Lynn Ferguson, Neil Harrington and the one and only Chesney Hawkes discuss temporary epiphanies and, quite possibly, swearing! Each day, a different guest joins this unlikely trio to reveal their point of view. view on life and in return, Chesney plays his version of their favorite song and festival favorite Fred MacAulay makes a welcome return with “In Conversation” with comedy and TV stars.
“Other main cast members of Gilded Balloon’s lineup include American comedian and actress Janeane Garofalo, singer of rock band King Crimson Jakko Jakszyk, who debuts his solo play The Road to Ballina directed by Michael Attenborough, Chris Gethard, Tehran Von Ghasri, Sammy Obeid and Saturday Night Live’s Sarah Sherman (aka Sarah Squirm), known for her surreal, body-horror comedy.”
As with each edition of the festival, there is always something for the little ones too, in particular Fergus and Kate’s song, Britain’s cutest fox Basil Brush as well as The Haunted Bookshop.
Meanwhile, Gilded Balloon’s famous comic newcomer contest, So you think you’re funny? supported hundreds of the biggest names in comedy in the first year of their career and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2022.
Previous contestants and winners of So You Think You’re Funny? include Aisling Bea, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Kevin Bridges, Maisie Adam and Sara Pascoe. The competition heats and the Grand Finals take place live at Gilded Balloon and online with streaming partner Next Up.
Tickets are available from https://gildedballoon.co.uk/where you can also find more information about all the shows.