Gilded Balloon comedy at the Basement Theatre

Gilded Balloon Comedy

Gilded Balloon unveils bumper Spring Programme at the Basement Theatre

Gilded Balloon’s second season in the West End boasts Desiree Burch, Elf Lyons, Richard Gadd, Dive Queer Party, a literary rave, bad movies and, of course, stovies

 Following a successful debut, Gilded Balloon is proud to unveil its second season of curated work at the Basement Theatre.

 “The other star of the show is the [space], a much needed new addition to the Edinburgh scene… a cracking new venue”

– British Theatre Guide

 This spring, Gilded Balloon will bring back the very best comedy shows of 2017 to Edinburgh. The star-studded programme will feature Desiree BurchElf Lyons,Tom StadeFin TaylorJay LaffertyDamian ClarkRichard GaddSarah CallaghanEleanor TiernanPatrick Monahan, Edd Hedges, Catherine Bohart,Michael RedmondGráinne Maguire, Adam RoweChris ForbesScott AgnewRay BradshawMat EwinsAlasdair Beckett-KingLisa GornickCharlie BakerDanny McLaughlin, and Angus Gordon & Aaron Chen, all performing in their critically-acclaimed, solo Fringe hours.

 “Launching the Basement Theatre last season was a lot of hard work and we’ve been thrilled with the response! We are incredibly grateful for the continued opportunity to establish ourselves year-round, and to present exciting, diverse and new work in the city’s West End”

– Karen and Katy Koren, Artistic Directors of Gilded Balloon

 Brand-new work launching this season includes Katie Mulgrew’s Mum’s the Word, a series of relaxed comedy gigs for new parents who like adult material, where you are encouraged to feed, change and nurse your baby whilst watching proper comedy.

Sonnet Youth, a literary rave and spoken word house party curated by Cat Hepburn and Kevin P. GildayGreat Scots! a live podcast recording that sees Scot Squad’s Chris Forbes chat with the nation’s most creative figures; the Sunday Sessions, where you can kick back, relax and unwind to a hand-picked bill of singers, musicians, artists and maybe even some magic;.

Watch Bad Movies with Great Comedians, which features live screenings of cinematic clunkers as they are hilariously ripped apart by Billy Kirkwood and Joe Heenan (and the first film is the diabolical Superman IV); Jay Lafferty’s Stories and Stovies, a monthly storytelling afternoon filled with the traditional Scottish dish and an ever-changing line-up of performers.

Playwrights and the public; and the fabulous Dive Queer Party will present the Miss Annabel Sings Show, where you will join Scotland’s queen of queer cabaret and a kaleidoscopic pick and mix of guests for a heady dose of Dive’s genre-defying art-tertainment.

Alongside this, the Basement Theatre will continue to host popular monthly residencies such as Fred MacAulay’s In Conversation, which featured Ian Rankin in December and is lining up even more high calibre guests;

Short Attention Span, the Basement Theatre’s monthly scratch night for new writing in theatre and performance; Whose Line Is It Anyway?’s

Stephen Frost with his uproarious, immersive Murder Mystery Party, where the audience turns sleuth to unravel an irreverent whodunit; and The Comedy Show, the Basement’s flagship line-up night, which sees the greatest gigging comics taking to the stage to make you laugh every Friday and Saturday night.

 Tickets are on sale NOW

 Tel: 0131 622 6552 or book online at

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