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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Big Balloon Sing Along

Big Balloon Singalong 

Caring for kids with a curious craze for karaoke? Then look no further!

Fun for all the family, and featuring all the greatest hits (... that are in the public domain). Come along, singalong, and let your voices soar. Featuring different special guests each and every day. 

Dates: 3–13, 16–20, 23–26 August
Times: 10:15 (45 mins)

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Irina Titova: Queen of Sand 

Making her UK debut, talented sand artist Irina Titova and her audience will travel 'Around the World in 80 Pictures' in the spirit of Jules Verne. 

The Russian artist belongs to the absolute premier class of sand art. The speed and fascinating ease with which she composes an image and lets it fall away, only to create something new in its place, is breath-taking. A backlit glass plate, a screen and sand - that's all the you Russian needs to tell moving stories that get under your skin. 

Dates: 1–14, 20–26 August 
Times: 12:00 (1 hr)

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Fred MacAuley in Conversation

Fred MacAuley, one of Scotland's best-loved stand-ups, is back with his live lunchtime chat show. Joining Fred each day will be stars from the worlds of sport, entertainment, business and politics - the colourful characters hew has encountered along the way in this illustrious 30-year career.

Featuring different guests each day, including returning favourites from 2017.

Dates: 1–14, 20–26 August
Time: 13:30 (1 hr)

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Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight 

An artist's manifesto of delight and curiosity from Bohemians to Black Holes, Dali to DNA. A frenetic hour of art, science and stupid voices. Robin Ince, winner of Rose d'or, Sony Gold and, most importantly, Pointless Celebrities. 

"He's defined a generation of comics" Stewart Lee 

Dates: 15–26 August 
Time: 13:30 (1 hr)

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Singing Hands

An interactive, multi-sensory, Makaton-signed experience featuring many of the much-loved songs from the Singing Hands DVDs and CDs. 

Join in as Suzanne and Tracy jump like kangaroos in Australia, wade through the jungle in Africa looking for wild animals or as they go on a day trip to the Zoo and the Farm. Suzanne and Tracy will include some up-tempo pop songs themed around the concepts of friendship and happiness. So come and sing, sign, dance and experience their unique show! 

Dates: 17–19 August 
Time: 12:00 (1 hr)

Designed to be fully inclusive, this event can be enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities. 

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South Bend 

Multi-award winning Grid Iron, in association with Platform, bring you a hilarious road movie for the stage. In 2006, Martin McCormick flies across the Atlantic to be reunited with a woman he has fallen passionately in love with, a Californian Girl. But she's changed. Completely.

Almost as soon as he's arrived, he's on the road again, penniless and desperate to get home to Scotland in one piece. A tale of hope, of love, of a small country and a vast one, of a good Samaritan and a relationship gone bad. With live foley and a brilliant soundtrack. 

Dates: 1–6, 8–13, 15–20, 22–27 August 
Time: 15:00 (1 hr)

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Mark Thompson Spectacular Science Show 

The 'Science Guy' returns!

Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with fireballs, fire tornados and explosive chemical reactions. A show for all the family, children, grown-ups alike. Mark, a regular face on Good Morning Britain, Five News and an established author was also Co-Presenter of the original series of BBC's Star Gazing Live

Dates: 3–12, 14–26 August 
Time: 16:30 (1 hr)

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Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Historical Objects 

Our plucky pension grabbers take you on a hilarious journey to comedy's distant past. Barry curates his earliest parrot jokes from the Jurassic period while Ronnie discusses the Origin of Igneous Rock (and Metamorphic Roll). A most amusing piece featuring songs, old and new, jokes, old and blue alongside sometimes scandalous tales from their combined 100 year careers. 

Dates: 13 & 14 August 
Times: 16:30 (1 hr)

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Aaron Calvert: Declassified 

What if all the stories you heard were true? Urban legends contained within declassified files are recreated live on stage by this master hypnotist. Calvert combines hist astounding skills in hypnosis, magic and mind reading to demonstrate inexplicable feats. 

Sell-out shows 2016 & 17. Aaron Calvert is a star of Channel 4's hit new TV show, Calvert's power of suggestion pushes the boundaries of what people can, and will do.

Dates: 1–26 August 
Times: 18:00 (1 hr)

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The Shut-UP comedy from Japan! One of the few acts that can truly claim to be a global sensation are BACK with a show packed full of their very best world-conquering, fast-paced comedy. 

Having stormed the Fringe in the noughties, Gamarjobat have performed in over 50 countries and racked up over 20 million views on YouTube. 

Dates: 1–13, 15–18 August 
Times: 19:30 (1 hr)

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Daliso Chaponda: What the Africans Said 

Britain's Got Talent and Amanda Holden's golden buzzer act, the Malawian-born comedian stars in his debut stand-up tour after capturing the nation's hearts on television and garnering over 8 million Facebook views and 9 million on Youtube. 

Dates: 19–26 August 
Time: 17:30 (1 hr)

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Jack Docherty: Miekelson and McGlashan - Serious Men 

Fresh from filming the fifth series of hit BBC1 show Scot Squad, Edinburgh's Jack Docherty returns to the Fringe for the first time in 25 years with an exciting show uniting two of his best loved creations: Scot Squad's Chief Commissioner Cameron Miekelson and the fiercely patriotic McGlashan from the critically acclaimed, award-winning Channel 4 shows Absolutely and Scotland in a Day

Dates: 1–12, 14–19, 21–27 August 
21:00 (1hr)

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Night at the Museum 

Join the greatest comedians from across the globe as they blur the line between arteFACT and arteFICTION in a wholly improvised set, prompted by genuine objects housed in the National Museum of Scotland! 

With different comics taking to the stage each night, this unscripted show-and-tell might not be historically - or even culturally- accurate, but it's guaranteed to be utterly entertaining. 

Dates: 3–5, 9–12, 16–19 August 
Time: 22:30 (1hr)

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The Beatbox Collective: What's Your Sound?

Spend an evening in the company of the world team beatbox champions The Beatbox Collective. 

Individually they have won almost every beatbox competition on the planet.... together this "vocal supergroup" creates a wall of sound that simply has to be seen to be believed. Featuring a team of the UK's top vocal artists, this is a show of mind-blowing sound, energy and beats not to be missed. 

Dates: 20–26 August 
Time: 22:30 (1 hr)

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Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore our galleries after hours across three exhilarating nights, each with handpicked performers, comedy, music, bars and entry to our summer exhibition, Rip It Up.

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) is a new production by Janis Claxton Dance, a series of short (5-minute), pieces created for public spaces.
Event information


1 Aug - 27 Aug 2018
Various times


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

How much

Various. See individual show prices on Gilded Balloon website.

Booking information

Booking available on Gilded Balloon website

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