Children’s shows

Aug 9 2015 | By More

Edinburgh-made shows for children at #EdFringe15

At All Edinburgh Theatre, we are covering as many shows made in Edinburgh being staged during the fringe as we can.

Here is our alphabetical listing of the children’s shows which are made by companies resident in the city (or close by!).

Alice in Wonderland (Porty Youth Theatre)
theSpace on Niddry St (Venue 9)
Fri 7-Sat 15. 10.05am (1 hour)
After Alice tumbles down a mysterious rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange land where everyone is raving mad. Suitability: 3 and over.

Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners) (Will Pickvance)
Summerhall (Venue 26)
Sat 8-Sun 30. 10am (55 minutes)
Will asks Father Christmas for a spaceship – he gets a piano! An adventure into the world of pianos – where they come from, how they evolved and why they make a pretty cool Christmas present. Suitability: 6 and over.

B-Boys, B-Girls and B-Bots (Step It Up Dance)
Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18)
Thurs 6-Mon 109.30am45 minutes
The breakdancing robots (B-bots) have landed in Edinburgh and they’re being chased all over town! Can the B-boys and B-girls of Edinburgh use their breakdancing skills to help the B-bots escape? Suitability: 2 – 8 years.

Baba Yaga (Theatre Alba)
Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens (Venue 121)
Tue 4-Sun 16. 2.30pm (1 hour)
Adapted from a Russian folk tale, this outdoor promenade production, with singalong music and audience participation for children of all ages, tells the eternal story of of how good can overcome evil. Suitability: 2-10 years.
Æ review here:
Æ Junior review here:

CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free! (CeilidhKids / Free Festival)
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170)
Thurs 6-Sun 30 various times (45 minutes)
Family workshop suitable for children aged three to seven years with parents or carers. We involve everyone: skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music. Suitability: 3-7 years.

Children’s Haunted Underground Tour (Auld Reekie Tours)
Meet outside Tron Kirk at Auld Reekie Tours Boards (Venue 129)
Fri 7-Sat 29. Various times (45 minutes)
Our costumed guide will take you into our paranormally active and haunted underground vaults dating back to the 1700s. During the 2014 Fringe we added as many as four extra tours daily due to popular demand. Suitability: 5-14 years.

Eejits and Hissy Fits (Fiona Herbert)
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
Wed 5-Sun 23 (not Mons). 11.15am (55 minutes)
Storyteller Fiona Herbert (winner, Tall Tales 2012 and 2015) takes you on three adventures, encountering eejits and hissy fits along the way. Suitability: 4 and older.
Æ Junior review:

Fraxi Queen of the Forest (Asylon Theatre)
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Fletcher Building (Venue 84)
Fri 7-Sun 23 (not Mons). 11am (1 hour)
Fraxi is an ash tree that gets infected with Chalara virus. Through a certain ritual the life of a young boy is connected to Fraxi. It’s a story with a message that everything always changes. Suitability: 8 and older.

Grandad and Me (The Letter J)
Summerhall (Venue 26)
Tue 11-Sun 23 (Not 17). 12.05pm (55 minutes)
Grandad and Me is a living storybook about loss, longing and the treasures of memory and imagination. Suitability: 5 and older.

Hairy Maclary’s Cat Tales (Nonsense Room Productions)
Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8)
Thurs 6-Mon 31 (not 17,24)various1 hour
A brand new show featuring your favourite characters including Hairy’s feline friends. Following the huge success of The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show, Nonsense Room return with a new set of stories. Suitability: 1 and older.
Æ’s Junior Review is here:

Little Red Riding Hood (Nonsense Room Productions)
Assembly Roxy (Venue 139)
Sat 8-Mon 31 (not 17,24). 3.40pm (50 minutes)
From the creative team behind the hugely popular Hairy Maclary Show, Little Red Riding Hood is a fun, original musical for children, with live music and loveable characters. Suitability: 3 and older.
Æ review of previous production of same show:

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess (Cadies Productions and LRStageworks)
Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18)
Thurs 6-Sun 30. 11am (50 minutes).
She’s a princess and she farts. What more do you need to know? Can Princess Pumpalot protect Wiffyville Castle from the invasion of Low-Flying Gnomes? Will she win her battle with the nasty prince? Suitability: 4 and older.

Shakespeare in the Garden: Brave Macbeth (Captivate Theatre)
The Famous Spiegeltent (Venue 87)
Fri 7-Mon 31. Various times (1 hour).
Brave Macbeth returns to The Famous Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square after a successful run in 2014. A fantastic introduction to Shakespeare’s stories and language, Brave Macbeth has it all. Suitability: 5 and older.

Shakespeare in the Garden: Cheer Up, Hamlet (Captivate Theatre)
The Famous Spiegeltent (Venue 87)
Sat 8-Sun 30. Various times (1 hour).
Cheer Up, Hamlet is Captivate’s latest addition to the Shakespeare series. A fun and accessible introduction to Shakespeare for all ages, it tells the story of the tortured Dane and his struggle. Suitability: 5 and older.

Shakespeare in the Garden: Romantic Romeo (Captivate Theatre)
The Famous Spiegeltent (Venue 87)
Fri 7-Mon 31various1 hour
Romeo loves Juliet, but does she love him too? Romantic Romeo gets its debut this year in the Famous Spiegeltent as part of Captivate’s musical Shakespeare series. Suitability: 5 and older.

The Last of the Dragons (Manhattan Children’s Theatre)
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Sat 8-Mon 31 (not 16). 12 noon (1 hour)
Were dragons real? Or, do they just live in our imaginations and games like Dungeons & Dragons and Dragon City? If they were real, what would you want to know about them? Were they mean? Suitability: 3 and older.

The Man Who Planted Trees (Puppet State Theatre)
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
Thurs 6-19 (not 17). 5pm (1 hour 5 minutes).
‘Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown ups. Terrific’ (Guardian). Back by popular demand. Suitability: 7 and older.
Æ review:

The Voice Thief (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company)
Summerhall (Venue 26)
Fri 7-Sun 30 (not Mon). 2pm & 6pm (1 hour 10 minutes).
Welcome to The MacKenzie Institute for the Encouragement of Vocal Harmony, a darkly mysterious place where hundreds of girls’ voices have been held captive for years. This is the first time the Institute has been open to the public. Suitability: 9 and older.

*NB: This is intended to be a complete listing. If you are Edinburgh-based and staging a show aimed at children which is not listed, or a listing is inaccurate, please use the contact form here to get in touch.


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