EdFringe22 – Children’s shows

Aug 4 2022 | By More

Edinburgh-made Children’s shows at EdFringe 2022

Edinburgh’s theatre companies have come back strong after the pandemic with 116 theatrical productions at the Fringe including many new shows and a handful of returning favourites.

Of these, only half dozen are theatre shows aimed specifically at Children. There are a lot more Children’s shows in the programme, we know, performed by many talented individuals. However, this listing is primarily for theatre-based shows.

Whirlygig from Catherine Wheels at Dance Base. Pic: Catherine Wheels

In order to make things clearer, we have divided the listing up into seven parts. On this page you can find an alphabetical listing of all the Children’s Theatre productions.

Here are links to the other listings:

Theatre by Edinburgh’s Amateur companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Grassroots companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Youth & Student companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Professional & Funded companies.
Musical Theatre & Opera
Dance, Cabaret & Spoken Word.


First Piano on the Moon
Will Pickvance
Pianodrome at the Old Royal High (Venue 391)
20, 21 & 27, 28 Aug: 11:00 (55 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Endearing
William’s dream comes true, chosen by school to play at Mozart’s birthday celebrations. He’s piano-tricks aplenty, but how on Earth does he perform a concert? ‘Wonderfully engaging storytelling, lovely piano playing and animation’ (National). Further details.

Is This a Dagger?
Andy Cannon with Red Bridge Arts
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
4 – 21 & 37, 28 Aug (not Weds): 11:30 (1 hour)
Æ review here: ★★★★★ Spirited
By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon tells Shakespeare’s classic. ‘A tale of sound and fury, signifying first-class theatre for everyone over eight’ (Herald). Further details.

Once Upon a Raindrop
Edinburgh International Magic Festival
Deaf Action (Venue 498)
12 – 18 Aug: 10:00, 11:15, 12:30 (30 minutes)
Edinburgh Magic Festival sell-out! Join our adventurous, quick-witted raindrop in a round the world journey, exploring family, home and belonging themes. Enjoy sensory games, fantastic animals and magic tricks; a fun show with your wee ones. Further details.

Shark in the Park
Nonsense Room
Assembly George Square (Venue 8)
4 – 21 Aug (not Weds): 10:00 (1 hour)
Æ review here: ★★★★★ Enthusiastic retelling
Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!? From the team behind the Hairy Maclary show – see Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books live on stage! Further details.

The Song of Fergus and Kate
Gilded Balloon and Watch This Space Productions presents
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
3 – 28 (Not 10, 17, 23, 24): 10:15 (45 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★☆☆ Appealing
An interactive adventure that uses storytelling, music and animation to encourage children to celebrate their differences. ‘Brilliant show for our bunch, we parents loved it too!’ (Audience member). Further details.

There’s Nothing Quite Like Spaghetti Bolognese!
Paper Plate Productions and New Celts Productions
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39)
6 – 26 Aug (Even dates only): 11:15 (45 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Tasty
There’s nothing quite like Spaghetti Bolognese, the most dazzling bowl of pasta in all your days! Join Penny for an unforgettable dinner in this show that is fun for all the family. A piping-hot piece of brand-new children’s theatre that asks the question: Should you play with your food? Further details.

Daniel Padden, co-produced with Catherine Wheels and Red Bridge Arts
Dance Base (Venue 22)
11 – 21 Aug (not 15): 12:30 (30 minutes)
A madcap musical adventure for families, WhirlyGig is four brave musicians, 30 instruments and countless musical puzzles to solve. Join us for an extraordinary theatrical experience where music will happen in ways you have never seen before. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.


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  1. Liz says:

    Great list, we just saw ‘there’s nothing quite like spaghetti bolognese’ – so much fun, great songs and genuinely interactive.