You Choose for Xmas

Jul 19 2018 | By More

New musical and La Clique for Edinburgh’s Xmas

A new musical version of Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt’s You Choose children’s picture book is to make its debut at this year’s Edinburgh’s Christmas, joining the return of La Clique Noel for “Part Deux“.

You Choose is being created by Edinburgh’s Nonsense Room Productions, the company which previously created an adaptation of Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books as well as being behind the hit Hairy Maclary adaptations.

Heather Holliday breaths fire in La Clique Noel. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Heather Holliday in La Clique Noel. Pic: Ian Georgeson

La Clique was born at the Edinburgh fringe in 2004 in a moment of genius and necessity by producer David Bates, who had an evening spot to fill his Famous Spiegeltent. Its dysfunctional collection of extraordinary new artists and don’t-miss favourites has had global acclaim. Think a rougher-round-the-edges younger sibling of Cirque Soleil.

After wowing Edinburgh’s Christmas audiences last year, when it stuck a Christmas hat on and called itself La Clique Noel, it returns for a second shot with Part Deux.

According to co-producers Edinburgh’s Christmas, David Bates and Spiegeltent International: “The show will feature a scintillating live band and the best of the best in adult, genre-bending, new variety.

La Clique Noel – Part Deux has a reimagined line up of new eclectic and eccentric artists plus a few firm favourites for this year’s festive edition, including the astounding fire-eater and sword-swallower Heather Holliday, aerialist Stephen Williams with his famous bath act and mistress of mayhem, host Bernie Dieter.”

You Choose

With over a million copies of the You Choose books sold, Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt’s formula is devastatingly simple. With Sharratt’s distinctive, bold drawing as illustrations, double page spreads offer a choice of adventures and lives.

Where would you go? An image from You Choose.

Where would you go? An image from You Choose.

“Imagine you could go anywhere… Where would you choose?” it asks, above a drawing which morphs seamlessly from desert to seascape, taking in dense cities and remote islands, towering mountains and stomach-churning waterfalls.

Each new page has a different theme – What would you choose to wear? Who would you choose as your family? Where would you choose to live? And what would you choose to put in it? It’s a great starting point for imaginative storytelling and has been recognised as an equally strong catalyst for theatrical invention by Nonsense Room.

The brand new interactive musical show will use the picture book as inspiration and, through a series of games and challenges, each show will come up with a unique story, with different characters every time.

Edinburgh’s Christmas is produced by Underbelly on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council. Light Night on 18 November 2018 will mark the official start of the Christmas season with fireworks and live performances from local talent.


La Clique Noël – Part Deux
Festival Square Spiegeltent, Lothian Road, EH2 9SR
Previews: 16-22 November (not 19): 8pm (Sun 18: 4pm).
Run: Friday 23 November 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019 (not Mondays, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day).
Tue/Weds, Fri: 8pm; Thurs: 6pm & 9pm; Sat: 5pm & 8pm; Sun: 4pm.
Tickets and details:
Running time: 120 minutes, includes an interval.
No age restrictions. Show contains adult content such as strong language and nudity. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

You Choose
Presented by Nonsense Room Productions based on a book by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt.
Festival Square Spiegeltent, Lothian Road, EH2 9SR
Friday 30 November 2018 – Saturday 5 January 2019 (not Mondays, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day).
Daily at 1pm (except December 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 21, 22, 30, 31 at 11am).
Saturdays December 8, 15 and 29: 11am & 1pm.
Tickets and details:
Running time tbc.
Age recommendation: 2 – 7 year olds.

Hunky Stephen Williams will appear in La Clique Noell - Part Deux.

Stephen Williams will appear in La Clique Noell – Part Deux.


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  1. Emily says:

    I can’t wait to see how You choose is made into a show. But if it’s half as good as the book it will be brilliant.