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Gilded Balloon are proud to present the world premiere of Scottish Singer and Songwriter, Horse McDonald’s autobiographical play, Careful, at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe – an inspirational story of her triumph over adversity through music.

“One of the finest singers in Britain” Q Magazine

There are times in life when you need to be careful –

Growing up gay in Lanark in the 70’s,

When the reward is half a pack of fruit pastilles,

When the lady on the train tells you about the doctor you should meet.

These would be some of those times, but you’ll always be saved if you use your voice. Horse takes us on a journey from kelpie in the Brownies to one of Scotland’s most celebrated singers and through those times when she had to be… Careful.


Horse McDonald is iconic. She has few peers, is utterly unique, with a breath-taking stagecraft. Her voice is a ‘finely honed instrument’. Her audience become absorbed as part of the ‘Horse’ show, sharing in her energy and delight at her sheer talent. People find her music moving and uplifting.

Since her studio debut in 1989 with the single You Could Be Forgiven on Capitol Records, Horse’s power to reinvent and advance her musical style and prowess has been unshakable. She has released eight albums including The Same Sky & God’s Home Movie. The latest, her ninth, is HOME, was released on her own label Randan Records. She has opened and toured with international artists like Tina Turner, BB King, Bryan Ferry, Burt Bacarach. Will Young has covered Careful, one of her best known songs.

Written by Lynn Ferguson: she has written for BBC, Pixar and CBS including her own sitcom. A Fringe Festival veteran, she’s won the prestigious Fringe First Award for writing and the Stage Award for Acting Excellence. In mid 2015, Lynn founded a successful storytelling school in California. She has used these same storytelling techniques to construct this show for Horse

Directed by Maggie Kinloch: who has been Artistic Director at the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews, Associate Director at TAG Theatre and Deputy Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  A founding director of the National Theatre of Scotland, she now serves on the board of Creative Scotland.


Venue: Gilded Balloon at the Museum (Venue 64)
Dates: 3rd to 29th August 2016 (not 15th)
Time: 7.30pm (8.30pm)
Box office: 0131 622 6552





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