Edinburgh Festival

Children’s show review: The Piper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Piper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ An elaborate and potentially pitfall-laden show, this ambitious piece of work from Australian company My Darling Patricia hits all its beats perfectly, telling a story which should enthral younger viewers and engage adults in its clever ecological message. The level …

Children’s show review: The Piper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Piper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ An elaborate and potentially pitfall-laden show, this ambitious piece of work from Australian company My Darling Patricia hits all its beats perfectly, telling a story which should enthral younger viewers and engage adults in its clever ecological message. The level …

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September 2, 2015

Children’s show review: The Periodic Fable

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Periodic Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ “You don’t need a beard to be a scientist,” declare Karen Fraser and Erin McCardie, appearing as themselves and tapping timeously into the recent furore about women apparently being too attractive to function in the lab. Not that their …

Children’s show review: The Periodic Fable

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Periodic Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ “You don’t need a beard to be a scientist,” declare Karen Fraser and Erin McCardie, appearing as themselves and tapping timeously into the recent furore about women apparently being too attractive to function in the lab. Not that their …

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August 31, 2015

Children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Presented as part of the From Start to Finnish showcase from Finland, this is a bizarre but enthusiastically well-composed kids show based on the novel by Barbro Lindgren, in which little Masarin (Meri Anna Hulkkonen) lives with his dressing …

Children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Presented as part of the From Start to Finnish showcase from Finland, this is a bizarre but enthusiastically well-composed kids show based on the novel by Barbro Lindgren, in which little Masarin (Meri Anna Hulkkonen) lives with his dressing …

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August 31, 2015

Children’s show review: Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ Comprising the less-than-likely double act of Little Howard creator Howard Read and Steve Pretty of Hackney Colliery Band, Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure seamlessly fuses the pair’s joint skills in comedy, music and interaction with animated characters. Suitable for …

Children’s show review: Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★★ Comprising the less-than-likely double act of Little Howard creator Howard Read and Steve Pretty of Hackney Colliery Band, Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure seamlessly fuses the pair’s joint skills in comedy, music and interaction with animated characters. Suitable for …

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August 31, 2015

Children’s show review: Martin ‘Bigpig’ Mor’s Funny Stuff for Happy People

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Martin ‘Bigpig’ Mor’s Funny Stuff for Happy People, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ There’s something maverick, and even a little bit anarchic, about Martin Mor’s approach to family entertainment. Nobody in the audience is safe from his roguish sense of humour – especially the grown-ups. The first …

Children’s show review: Martin ‘Bigpig’ Mor’s Funny Stuff for Happy People

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Martin ‘Bigpig’ Mor’s Funny Stuff for Happy People, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ There’s something maverick, and even a little bit anarchic, about Martin Mor’s approach to family entertainment. Nobody in the audience is safe from his roguish sense of humour – especially the grown-ups. The first …

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August 31, 2015

Children’s show: The Bookbinder

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Bookbinder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ With much love, care and attention to detail, New Zealand’s Trick of the Light Theatre spin an old-fashioned and, yes, magical adventure yarn to get lost in for an hour. A young boy (never named) is taken on as an …

Children’s show: The Bookbinder

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Bookbinder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ With much love, care and attention to detail, New Zealand’s Trick of the Light Theatre spin an old-fashioned and, yes, magical adventure yarn to get lost in for an hour. A young boy (never named) is taken on as an …

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August 28, 2015

Children’s show review: The Hiawatha

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Hiawatha, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★ There’s a lot of promise in this kids show from Theatre With Teeth, a co-opting of the native American title character myth which tells of a small boy who sets off to save his kidnapped mother from an evil magician. …

Children’s show review: The Hiawatha

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Hiawatha, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★ There’s a lot of promise in this kids show from Theatre With Teeth, a co-opting of the native American title character myth which tells of a small boy who sets off to save his kidnapped mother from an evil magician. …

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August 28, 2015

Children’s show review: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr. ★★★★ This is a hugely entertaining family show based on a comedy crime book for kids, which was, of course, inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s classic private eye novel The Maltese Falcon. Tim Diamond and his 13-year-old brother …

Children’s show review: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr. ★★★★ This is a hugely entertaining family show based on a comedy crime book for kids, which was, of course, inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s classic private eye novel The Maltese Falcon. Tim Diamond and his 13-year-old brother …

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August 26, 2015

Children’s show review: The Scarecrows’ Wedding

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Scarecrows’ Wedding, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ Adaptations of Julia Donaldson books are threatening to take over the world, one rhyme at a time. You can see the draw: they’re a guaranteed box office hit in the busy market of children’s theatre. But if there’s one …

Children’s show review: The Scarecrows’ Wedding

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Scarecrows’ Wedding, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ Adaptations of Julia Donaldson books are threatening to take over the world, one rhyme at a time. You can see the draw: they’re a guaranteed box office hit in the busy market of children’s theatre. But if there’s one …

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August 25, 2015

Children’s show review: The History of Music

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The History of Music, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ As YOU might expect from a show with “music” in the title, there’s a lot of very fine playing in this light-hearted family show. Taking us on a whistle-stop tour of musical history, Canadian quintet Buzz Brass not …

Children’s show review: The History of Music

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The History of Music, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ As YOU might expect from a show with “music” in the title, there’s a lot of very fine playing in this light-hearted family show. Taking us on a whistle-stop tour of musical history, Canadian quintet Buzz Brass not …

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August 25, 2015

Children’s show review: Funny Bones Trash

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Funny Bones Trash, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ Some people try to put on kid’s shows; others are the kind of naturally funny, imaginative and entertaining performers that old and young alike effortlessly fall in love with. Double act K-Bow (Keiichiro Miyaji) and Chris (Peters) fit into …

Children’s show review: Funny Bones Trash

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Funny Bones Trash, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ Some people try to put on kid’s shows; others are the kind of naturally funny, imaginative and entertaining performers that old and young alike effortlessly fall in love with. Double act K-Bow (Keiichiro Miyaji) and Chris (Peters) fit into …

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August 24, 2015

Children’s show review: The Overcoat

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Overcoat, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ It’s not even 10am and kids with their early-rising grandparents are waiting to see one of the first shows of the day at Summerhall. One of the most exciting venues on the Fringe feels unusually still and quiet in the …

Children’s show review: The Overcoat

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Overcoat, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ It’s not even 10am and kids with their early-rising grandparents are waiting to see one of the first shows of the day at Summerhall. One of the most exciting venues on the Fringe feels unusually still and quiet in the …

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August 24, 2015

Children’s show review: Funz and Gamez Tooz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Funz and Gamez Tooz, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★★ Last year Funz and Gamez ­became a massive underground hit. Word on the street was a group of northern comics were doing a kids’ show that contained loads of secret adult material. The kids loved it but the …

Children’s show review: Funz and Gamez Tooz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Funz and Gamez Tooz, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★★ Last year Funz and Gamez ­became a massive underground hit. Word on the street was a group of northern comics were doing a kids’ show that contained loads of secret adult material. The kids loved it but the …

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August 21, 2015

Children’s show review: Fraxi Queen of the Forest

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Fraxi Queen of the Forest, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ Part of the joy of this ­ecologically-themed children’s show is the walk to the exhibition room it’s held in, a leafy green stroll through the city’s Botanic Garden. It’s the perfect setting for Asylon Theatre’s sweet fable, …

Children’s show review: Fraxi Queen of the Forest

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Fraxi Queen of the Forest, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ Part of the joy of this ­ecologically-themed children’s show is the walk to the exhibition room it’s held in, a leafy green stroll through the city’s Botanic Garden. It’s the perfect setting for Asylon Theatre’s sweet fable, …

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August 20, 2015

Children’s show reviews: Titus Andronicus (The Piemaker’s Tale) |Romeo and Juliet (The Party Planner’s Tale)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show reviews: Shakespeare Untold: Titus Andronicus (The Piemaker’s Tale), Shakespeare Untold: Romeo and Juliet (The Party Planner’s Tale) reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. Shakespeare Untold: Titus Andronicus (The Piemaker’s Tale) ★★★★★ Shakespeare Untold: Romeo and Juliet (The Party Planner’s Tale) ★★★★ Warned in advance that she might not understand everything …

Children’s show review: Alfie White: Space Explorer

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Alfie White: Space Explorer, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ You don’t have to look far to find a reconstructed family these days, but back in the 1960s it was a little more unusual. Which is why young Alfie White has a tough time of it in primary …

Children’s show review: Alfie White: Space Explorer

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Alfie White: Space Explorer, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ You don’t have to look far to find a reconstructed family these days, but back in the 1960s it was a little more unusual. Which is why young Alfie White has a tough time of it in primary …

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August 18, 2015

Children’s show review: A Pocketful of Grimms

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: A Pocketful of Grimms, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ Although it’s fun to see traditional stories subverted or modernised, there’s something to be said for keeping them pure and simple. When it comes to choosing tales, Story Pocket Theatre figures if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it …

Children’s show review: A Pocketful of Grimms

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: A Pocketful of Grimms, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ Although it’s fun to see traditional stories subverted or modernised, there’s something to be said for keeping them pure and simple. When it comes to choosing tales, Story Pocket Theatre figures if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it …

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August 17, 2015
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