Fringe favourites Gilded Balloon present 27 days of inspiring and diverse programming at the museum. Showcasing the very best in comedy, theatre, children's shows, music and spoken word.

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La Vie Dans Une Marionette

 

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Genre: Children's show
Date: 2-4(p), 5-13, 15-20, 22-28 August
Time: 10:30 Friday and Saturday, 16:30 Sunday to Thursday
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Betsy & Mana Productions and White Face Crew

A whimsical story of a Pianist and his Puppet, it’ll have you falling off your seat in laughter!

Packed full of gags, hilarious moments and surprises, experience physical theatre and clown at its finest. Fun for the whole family!

Part of NZ at Edinburgh. Supported by Creative New Zealand.

 Werewolves

 

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Genre: Events 
Date: 20-27 August
Time: 12:00
Duration: 60 mins

A village, Miller's Hollow, is haunted by werewolves. Night falls and the innocent villagers are murdered in their sleep. By day the villagers try to pick off the werewolves. Who will survive? A game of accusation,bluffing and assassination.

Brave MacBeth

Brave Macbeth

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Genre: Theatre
Date: 4-16 August
Time: 12:00
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Captivate Theatre

On his way home from battle, Brave Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king. Now he quite likes that idea and so does his wife. What will he do to get his hands on the crown?

Frost & Lorca

 

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Genre: Spoken word
Date: 17-23 August
Time: 12:00
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Frost & Lorca

A unique fusion of art, poetry, projections, music and theatre.

Inspired by the work of celebrated British abstract artist Sir Terry Frost (father of seasoned Fringe performer Stephen Frost), and the poems of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Performed by an international cast in English and Spanish in the suitably grand setting of the National Museum of Scotland.

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

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Genre: Comedy 
Date: 14-16, 20-27 August
Time: 13:30
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Gilded Balloon and Fred MacAulay

One of Scotland’s favourite Stand-Up Comedians, Fred MacAulay branches out with a new live lunchtime chat show. Fred will be joined by guests from the worlds of Sport, Entertainment, Business and Politics who he has encountered along the way in his 30 year career.

A different guest (sometimes two), every day.

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

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Genre: Comedy 
Date: 2-3(p), 4-13 August
Time: 13:30
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd

Presenter of BBC's Rose d’Or Award Winning Infinite Monkey Cage gets excited about goats on canvas, matchstalk men and holes in pelvis bones in a show probably about art.

Expect a frenetic hour where Robin tries to explain why he likes staring at art and the best overheard conversations in art galleries. From Georgia O Keeffe to Robert Rauschenberg via Stanley Spencer, Robin will attempt to translate the thoughts in his head into spoken words.

And he has a new book out "I’m a Joke... and So Are You."

Ensonglopedia of Science

 

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Genre: Theatre
Date: 2-4, 5-13, 15-27 August
Time: 15:00
Duration: 60 mins
Company: John Hinton. Produced by Julz Hay.
Age: Suitable for ages 7+.

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells, DNA... Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme. From the creator of multi-award-winning musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie.

Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say

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Genre: Comedy
Date: 2-4, 5-8, 10-13 August
Time: 19:30
Duration: 60 mins
Company: The Kinsey Sicks

If you love Donald Trump, you'll hate this show! America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet (and Off-Bway/Vegas hits!) return in glorious four-part harmony and over-the-top drag with a hilarious, provocative, heartbreaking, and inspiring new musical exploring Trumpism, racism, AIDS, giraffes, Bette Midler, and oblong vegetables.

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

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Genre: Children's show
Date: 3(p), 4-13, 15-27 August
Time: 18:00
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd
Ages: Suitable for a family audience.

‘The Science Guy’ is back. Recommended by  as one of the “Top 20 Shows to See” of 2016, Mark brings his infectious enthusiasm back to Edinburgh. Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, growling jelly babies and even flying toilet paper!

If you think science is boring – think again. TV astronomer and author Mark Thompson has been enthralling audiences for over 20 years with his fascinating journeys around the Universe. A regular on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, and co-presenter on the original series of BBC’s Stargazing Live.

Singing Hands Summer Spectacular

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Genre: Children's show
Date: 17-19August
Time: 13:30
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Singing Hands

Join Suzanne and Tracy on a magical, musical journey around the world. Experience their unique, inclusive approach to multisensory music-making and MAKATON signing. The show will feature their eclectic repertoire of nursery rhymes and action songs from their DVDs and CDs as well as a few new songs for older participants.

Come along and get in the summer spirit with Singing Hands on their first ever jolly to Scotland. Hawaiian shirts, sandals and sombreros welcome!

 Stuart Maconie: Jarrow Road to the Deep South

 

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Genre: Spoken word
Date: 21-27August
Time: 19:30
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd

In October 2016, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on, through a divided, complex country that echoes 1936 in many ways. From choral evensong to curry house, from austerity to affluence, from Wearside to Westminster, join him on an entertaining, impassioned, enlightening journey through Britain then and now.

Stuart is a bestselling author of travel, culture and social history books and one of Britain’s best known radio presenters across many BBC networks, a broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions. Based in the cities of Birmingham and Manchester, he can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.

  Ayesha Hazarika: State of the Nation

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Genre: Comedy
Date: 14-20 August
Time: 19:30
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Funny Woman Ltd

Politics , power and how we lost the plot. Lifting the lid on what life's really like behind the scenes of Westminster. Ayesha tells all with brutal honesty and humour and asks what's next for British politics?

 Neil Delamare: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Pensioner

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Genre: Comedy
Date: 2-4(p), 5-14, 16-27 August
Time: 21:00
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Gilded Balloon and The Lisa Richards Agency 

One day Neil’s dad asked him to help deliver the Meals on Wheels. He agreed. Little did they know that their lives would never be the same again. Except for the bits of their lives that didn’t change.

Night at the Museum

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Genre: Comedy
Date: 2-4, 5-13, 15-20, 22-27 August
Time: 22:30
Duration: 60 mins
Company: 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 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 guaranteed to be 100% entertaining.

History, comedy, and mayhem collide in this after-hours mash-up, with different comedians taking to the stage each night to deliver their improvised, uneducaTED talks on some of Scotland’s most cherished relics. What could possibly go wrong?

This is not Culturally Significant 

 

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Genre: Theatre
Date: 4, 5-8, 11-13, 17-20, 24-26 August 
Time: 23:45
Age: 16+
Duration: 60 mins
Company: Gilded Balloon 

A thunderous, high energy piece of theatre. From a mendacious Spiritualist Lecturer to a despondent American Porn Star on the brink of her retirement, over ten characters take the audience on a journey from emotional despair to helpless laughter. It is both uncomfortable to watch and mesmeric.                    

A brutally intense, darkly comic one-man show that unveils the bizarre, compulsive and eccentric nature of humanity. It is performed entirely nude and combines dark clowning and deeply grotesque bouffon to create a sharp political comment on contemporary society.

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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the museum after hours. Handpicked performers will showcase highlights from their acts across three exhilarating nights, alongside bars and entry to our exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.
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Free Fringe Music

Experience the joy of live music at the museum as the best contemporary talents take inspiration from our Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition to perform traditional Scottish songs and instrumental sets.
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Event information

When

2 Aug - 28 Aug 2017
Various times from 10:00 to 01:00

Where

Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Grand Gallery or Lothian Street at rear of Museum after 17:00.

How much

Various prices. See individual show prices on Gilded Balloon website.

Booking information

Book Online at the Gilded Balloon. 

Those attending 10:00 shows should arrive and queue at the Lothian Street Entrance, not the Main Entrance on Chambers Street, to avoid missing the beginning of the performance.

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