HELLO POTENTIAL PERFORMERS!
Gilded Balloon is a venue renowned for its imaginative, adventurous and international programming covering exciting dance and physical theatre, new writing, challenging drama, children’s shows and the cream of the comedy crop. Our reputation continues to thrive, attracting worldwide television, radio and press coverage and selling over 275,000 tickets for its performances and, cementing its dominance on the cutting edge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Applications for our Fringe 2022 programme will open soon – keep an eye on these pages and our social media channels for updates.
You can find information about our Fringe 2022 venues and see the technical specifications and venue plans here.
And in the meantime, check out the FAQ’s below and get in touch if you have any questions.
When do applications for Fringe 2022 open and close?
Show applications will open soon. We review applications on a rolling basis up until the last Fringe Society registration deadline however we do sometimes accept applications after this time if we still have gaps to fill. So the sooner you apply the better.
Where can I find information about your venues for 2022?
Our venues page has information about all of our venues for Fringe 2022. You can also download the technical specifications and venue plans for each of the venues.
Do you have wheelchair accessible performance spaces?
Yes. Some of our venues have level access to both the stage and audience area. These are noted on the venues page and in the technical specifications for each space. If you have any questions regarding accessibility in our spaces please contact us at email@example.com
When will I hear back about my application?
We receive a huge volume of applications every year and it can take us a while to get through them so please be patient with us! We do try to contact everyone that’s applied.
Do you do room rental agreements?
No, all our shows are programmed by our Artist Directors to offer a mix of the best of the best across the Fringe. All shows work off a percentage split of the box office, we do not rent rooms.
How long should my show be?
Most shows at the fringe run for between 50 and 75 minutes. Obviously we do not disregard an epic project but the audience expectations are for short shows as a lot of people will be seeing many shows in a day.
Does it matter how long my run is?
Most shows chosen are available to play the full length of the Fringe. We do occasionally programme shows that have a limited run if it fits into a gap in the programme, but you should be aware that doing a part-run (especially opening a show midway through the festival) can make it difficult to build momentum and for word of mouth to spread.
What can I put on my application that will make it more likely to be programmed?
We’re open to absolutely anything and everything! Providing as much detail as possible in your application (links to any videos of previous performances, reviews or scripts are a bonus) really helps us get a feel for the show.
Will I definitely get the exact venue and time slot I want?
With over a thousand applications and sometimes up to 250 plus slots to fill, programming can be a real juggling act and it really helps if you can be flexible with your preferred venue and time slot. Also, with over 30 Fringes under our belts, we may have a clearer idea of what venue and time would be best suited to your show – if we think we have a slot that would work well for you we’ll get in touch and discuss that with you.
What if another venue offers me a slot?
That’s completely fine, we understand that most shows apply to several venues. If this is the case email firstname.lastname@example.org with an update and we will try and give you a status update on your application. Keep in mind that as we’re working our way through 100’s of applications, we may not be able to give you an update or offer in the time frame required by the other venue.
Will I have time for a tech rehearsal before the show opens?
Each show is offered at least a 3 hour tech rehearsal slot. These take place from 3 days before the first preview – please bear in mind that every other show in your venue will also need a rehearsal and your venue technician will also need to sleep at some point so do try to be available for a tech rehearsal from the 3 days prior to your show opening if possible. Also, if your show is starting mid-way through the run, we’ll try our best to accommodate tech rehearsals but this will need to take place around other shows in the venue.
How long of a turnaround time will I have between my show and the next?
This varies depending on venues. The standard in most venues is 15 minutes shared get in/get out time with the shows around you (in larger venues 200 seats + it’s 30 minutes).
Do I decide how much I want my tickets to cost?
We’d suggest having a look at similar shows from the Fringe before to give you a rough idea. Once we’ve offered you a slot we’ll suggest ticket prices which we can then discuss with you.
I have a company that wants to sponsor my show, is that OK?
Sponsorship is a great way to pay for things like additional marketing or cover some of your costs, however we will need to approve any sponsorship of shows before it’s agreed upon.
Some of the actors and crew in my company are not UK or EU citizens, can they come and perform at Fringe?
Due to Brexit the rules around visas and permits in the UK may change. We’ll update here when we have more information but until then you can contact the Fringe Society for information.
What about COVID19?
We are keeping up to date on any changes to legislation in relation to the COVID19 pandemic and anything that will effect the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We will update here if there are are any changes but we are currently optimistically working towards as normal festival as possible.