EdFringe shows for Children

Jul 31 2018 | By More

Shows for Children at EdFringe made in Edinburgh

At All Edinburgh Theatre we are covering in some way or other, all the shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 which are Made in Edinburgh.

Today’s listing is for the shows made for children – and listed in the Children’s Theatre section of the Fringe programme.

Andy Manley in Stick by me Pic Mihaela Bodlovic

Andy Manley in Stick by me Pic Mihaela Bodlovic

There’s around 125 different Made in Edinburgh productions in the Children’s, Theatre and Musicals & Opera sections of the programme. The Children’s section is as varied as the others, with shows from amateur, professional and solo grassroots companies.

Several of these productions are of world class quality, reflecting the influence of Imaginate on the theatre scene in Edinburgh. Eaten, The Lost Things, MamaBebeMe, The Time Machine and Stick By Me are all worth seeing for anyone interested in children’s theatre as a sector – as well as being absolute must-sees for those with children of the appropriate age.

There’s bag-loads of fun in here – of course. Calum MacInnes is an Absolute Legend himself, Theatre Alba always make best use of The Garden of Delight which is the wonderful Duddingston Garden and Princess Pumpalot is perfect for those children who like to laugh at the idea of bottom burps – or what ever the euphemism is in your house.

We have reviewed Captivate Theatre’s Brave Macbeth several times in the past and whoever goes to see it invariably comes back with a really strong review. Its clever song-and-dance action on a Shakespearian tip.

New Talent

Alice Cooper is bringing her clowning antics along twice – We’ve reviewed Waves before and saw a first look performance of Bean Counter at Imaginate earlier this year. Very interested to see how the latter show works out.

Edinburgh Little Theatre are doing several child-friendly shows at Hill Street – and have sensibly timed them to fit in with the Edinburgh school holidays, which end half way through the fringe. Edinburgh Music Theatre is doing a concert performance of Walt Disney tunes, Mouse Music, which is age appropriate.

The treat of the fringe is finding new talent. And to that end, it will be great fun to find out how the youngsters in the Little Shakespeare Company and Tribe Porty Youth Theatre get on with their takes on Loves Labours Lost and The Wizard of Oz, respectively.

There are many ways to start the day, but for those about to sit and watch, participation is the key. A thoroughly funky Ceilidh dancing session therefor comes highly recommended. Check out CeilidhKids for some guaranteed fun and to burn off some of that excess energy!

As we said, there are 125 shows Made in Edinburgh at the Fringe this year. Do look at our other listings here: Made In Edinburgh Listings.

EdFringe 2018 Children’s Theatre Listings

Absolute Legends
Calum MacInnes
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters – Maggie’s Front Room (Venue 272)
31 Jul – 26 Aug 2018 10:00, 17:00 (45 minutes)
An interactive fantasy adventure for the ages. Do battle with fierce monsters, avoid deadly traps and become an absolute legend all before lunchtime for little warriors, wizards and rogues.

The Bean Counter

Gilded Balloon Teviot – Wee Room (Venue 14)
18 – 26 Aug 2018 12:45 (45 minutes)
Competitions are serious business. Jellybean counting contests are considerably competitive. And serious. And official. The 351st Regular Recurring Edinburgh Jellybean Counting Competition Final is about to begin. Have a guess. Take a seat. Feel the suspense. Who will win?

Brave Macbeth
Captivate Theatre
Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre – Basement (Venue 76)
2 – 19 Aug 2018 12:00 (1 hour)
On his way home from battle, Brave Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king. Now he quite likes that idea and so does his wife. What will he do to get his hands on the crown? See Æ’s reviews: ★★★★☆ Enjoyably educational.

CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free!
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170)
2 – 26 Aug 2018 (not 16, 21, 23). 10:15, 11:15 (45 minutes)
Very basic but hugely fun Ceilidh dancing for all the family. Not strictly theatre, but a fabulous way to start the day and burn off energy for three to seven year-olds (and carers!) before sitting in  dark room watching something more cerebral. Traditional music – but clever adaptations of the basic dances.


Scottish Storytelling Centre – The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe (Venue 30)
2 – 19 Aug 2018 (not 8, 15) 12:30 (50 minutes)
What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well, so Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach and now wants to say hello.

The Garden of Delight
Theatre Alba
Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens – The Garden (Venue 121)
31 Jul – 14 Aug & 18-19 Aug 2018. 14:00 (1 hour)
Journey back in time with Tumshie the jester, joining the inhabitants of beautiful Dr Neil’s garden with music and singing along the way. But evil and very stupid creatures want to destroy it forever… Æ review: ★★★☆☆ Scenic.

The Lost Things
Tortoise in a Nutshell and Oliver Emanuel, Commissioned by Imaginate
Pleasance at EICC – The Bay (Venue 150)
4 – 19 Aug 2018 (not 13). Twice daily: 11:30, 15:00 (45 minutes)
A boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine. A dark fairy tale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Love’s Labour’s Lost
Little Shakespeare Company
The Royal Scots Club – The Hepburn Suite (Venue 241)
6 – 11 Aug 2018 11:30 (1 hour)
Little Shakespeare Company’s young actor tackle one of Shakespeare’s rarest plays. With its great feast of languages, they have stolen more than just the scraps…

Starcatchers and Curious Seed supported by Made in Scotland
Pleasance at EICC – Tinto (Venue 150)
1 – 17 Aug 2018 (not 6, 13). 10:30, 13:30 (45 minutes)
Dance, physical theatre and live music experience created especially for babies and children aged 0-3 and their grown-ups. With the soothing sounds of live cello and intimate lighting and set design, MamaBabaMe explores the profound connection between parent and child and how this eternal bond evolves and grows.

Mouse Music!
Edinburgh Music Theatre
St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George St – St Andrew’s and St George’s West (Venue 111)
8 – 11 Aug 2018 19:10 (50 minutes)
A concert of classic and current songs from the house of mouse – a must-see for anyone who loves the Fantasmic world of Walt!

Princess Pumpalot: The Quest for the Purple Super-Farting Bean
Cadies Productions
Le Monde – Venue @ Le Monde (Venue 47)
3 – 14 Aug 2018 (not 4, 11) 11:00 (45 minutes)
Can Princess Pumpalot (The Farting Princess) and her best friend, Guffy, find the purple super-farting bean and save Wiffyville from Prince Nastavia and the low-flying gnomes?

Reach for the Stars
Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre – Alba Theatre (Venue 41)
3 – 12, 18-19, & 25-26 Aug 2018 11:10 (55 minutes)
When four over-the-top directors go looking for the next big star they find a problem. No talent! This fast moving comedy is ideal for the younger audience.

Sing-a-Long a Musical
Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre – Alba Theatre (Venue 41)
3 – 12, 18-19, & 25-26 Aug 2018 10:00 (50 minutes)
Come along and enjoy a fantastic sing-along to the musical classics. Fun for all ages as we sing our way through the ages and genres of musical theatre. Age appropriate content. A fun way to spend a Fringe morning for all ages.

Stick by Me
Andy Manley, Ian Cameron and Red Bridge Arts
Dance Base – Studio 1 (Venue 22)
3 – 26 Aug 2018 (not 6, 13, 20) 12:30 (40 minutes)
Ready? Let’s run, play, hide. Follow me. Don’t get lost. I will stick by you. If you will. Stick by me. A quirky, new show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. Created by Andy Manley and Ian Cameron, co-creators of international hit show White.

The Time Machine
The Scientific Romance Theatre Company
Scottish Storytelling Centre – The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe (Venue 30)
2 – 19 Aug (not 15) 2018 14:30 (55 minutes)
Join us on a thrilling journey to a future age where things are not as they seem. Has mankind created a social utopia free from need, or does something sinister lurk below? Fast-paced adaptation of HG Wells’ sci-fi classic.

Alice Mary Cooper in association with Independent Arts Projects
Scottish Storytelling Centre – The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe (Venue 30)
2 – 15 Aug 2018 (not 8) 11:00 (45 minutes)
The tale of Elizabeth Moncello and how, growing up on Gabo Island (Australia) in the 1930s, by emulating fish, penguins and dolphins to learn how to swim, she came to be the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. Æ review: ★★★☆☆ Refreshing.

The Wizard of Oz

theSpace @ Niddry St – Lower Theatre (Venue 9)
3-4, 6-7, & 8 – 11 Aug 2018. 10:05 (1 hour)
A modern take on the classic tale as TPYT follow the yellow brick road the rainbow.

Click the following links for listings of:
EdFringe professional theatre.
EdFringe student theatre.
EdFringe amateur theatre.
EdFringe grassroots theatre
EdFringe Musicals.

If your show should be in this listing but isn’t, or you feel it has been put in the wrong heading, please do contact us.


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