At Gilded Balloon Basement, Rose Theatre this month – here are our choices

2 April 2019 Rootsbase – A Night with Ella A new live music club – dedicated to presenting the very best in folk, trad and roots-based! This week with Seonaid Aitken On other Tuesday evenings during the month you can see Iona Fyfe, Danni Nicholls, Twelfth Day and Charlotte Marshall.

3 April 2019 The 565 Specials showcase one of the most influential decades in the history of music, 1956 to 1965. Come along, listen and dance to your favourites as they take you through this unforgettable decade of musical change. Enjoy the memories.

4 April 2019 Wis Jantarasorn + Meghan Shandley + Max & Ivan Part of the Fringe Preview Season, where some of the UK’s best comedians give you a sneak peak at their Fringe shows. Book a ticket in advance for £5 to guarantee entry or take your chances and pay what you want on the night.

Ashley Storrie

5 April 2019 The Comedy Show Ashley Storrie + Rosco McClelland + Stephen Buchanan + Max & Ivan Bringing you top notch line ups from the best in the world of comedy for a side-splitting evening every Friday & Saturday at 8pm!Other acts this month will include Chris Forbes + Eddy Brimson + Esther Manito + Alfie Brown and Scott Gibson + Jo Caulfield + Christopher Macarthur-Boyd + Gary Little and Scott Agnew + Joe Sutherland + Robin Grainger + Tom Lucy

The Bench

7 April 2019 The Bench by K R McAllister – Keir McAllister + Vladimir McTavish – Joe is in crisis, his life a swirling scribble of obligations he feels he’s failing to fulfil. For five minutes a day he finds a little peace alone on The Bench. Sandy is mourning the loss of his Maggie. The Bench is his memorial to her memory. As both attempt to dictate the purpose of The Bench, so begins an epic conflict. A conflict that will change them both.A comedy about safe spaces and the people that fill them… Waiting for Godot meets Still Game. ‘The Bench’ reunites the long-standing comedy partnership of Paul Sneddon (Vladimir McTavish) and Keir McAllister, from a script by McAllister and directed by award-winning comedian, Jojo Sutherland.

Jo Caulfield

8 April 2019 Jo Caulfield: Stand Up Special for BBC Radio 4 Join us for the recording of legendairy comedian Jo Caulfield’s stand-up special for BBC Radio 4. Tickets are free and can be reserved online to guarantee entry!

10 April 2019 Short Attention Span Theatre is an evening of short plays written and performed by emerging writers specifically for that event. Each night features six new plays of around 15 to 20 minutes. Each play is written by early career playwrights or writers from other disciplines writing for the stage for the first time. The plays are all conceived, written and rehearsed in the weeks leading up to the show.

14 April 2019 Fred MacAulay in Conversation One of Scotland’s best-loved stand-ups, is back with his monthly live chat show. Joining Fred will be stars from the worlds of sport, entertainment, business and politics – the colourful characters he has encountered along the way in his illustrious 30-year career.

Jesus L’Oreal

21 April 2019 Jesus L’Oreal: Nailed It Having told his backstory in the award nominated “Christ on a Bike” and demonstrated the wonders of Pontius Pilates in “Cross Fit”, your sassy King of the Shoes, Jesus L’Oreal, returns once again to complete the Holy Trinity with another high-octane show of song, dance and Jehovah’s Fitness. Times up! Is your missionary position guaranteed in the kingdom of Hosannadu? Let’s rapture.

25 April 2019 Besoms is a shot across the bow from the underrepresented. A monthly night bringing you the best from across comedy’s glorious communities. Hosted by self confessed cheeky besom Jay Lafferty this is a comedy night with a whole line up of difference… ok, ok, for the sake of representation there will be at least one straight, white boy on the bill

Tickets here

Gilded Balloon at the Rose Theatre 204 Rose St EH2 4AZ Box Office: 0131 622 6552

Karen and Katy Koren (Gilded Balloon directors) with Peter Schaufuss (Rose Theatre director).Photograph David Cheskin.