For anyone looking for some top class entertainment for adults and kids alike and a great night out at the theatre – look no further than Kidnapped – currently on at the Lyceum….
This modern re-telling of the well loved tale is everything you want and more ! Pirates, shipwrecks, romance, pop classics and everything in between…
Isobel McArthur, who wrote Pride and Prejudice (sort of).. which we also loved dearly, has given Kidnapped her own touch of magic, relaying the story through Robert Louis Stevensons’ wife Frances, who brings her own brilliant presence to the stage, sprinkled with her wit, charm, incredible voice and her backstory which adds depth and perspective to the origins of the Kidnapped story…
We are whizzed through the adventure at a fantastic pace as recently bereaved young Davie Balfour leaves his Borders home to walk to Edinburgh in search of his newly discovered Uncle, and instead is unwittingly kidnapped and taken aboard a questionable vessel with an equally questionable crew ! Davies’ adventures take us back to the mainland, and through a whirlwind of politics, fighting, gambling and romance….the versatility of the cast to flit between songs and instruments and characters is truly astounding !
My (sort of) mini reviewer loved it too, with her highlights being the gambling sequence featuring a healthy dose of kazoos and the angry, grumbling, megaphone toteing lady !
On until the 22nd April, this whimsical version will have you laughing out loud and being emotionally moved in equal proportion…
For any of you who like us were feeling a bit sad about the lull of shows in between the fringe and Christmas time, then we would HIGHLY recommend this fantastic, feminist performance currently on at the Lyceum…
Pride and Prejudice (sort of..)…was a brilliant antidote to the darker evenings drawing in and the slight sogginess as winter approaches. It was hilarious, I can’t remember laughing out loud so much during a show before. A fantastic, modern version of this well-known story by the most talented all female cast. We were blown away by their effortlessly portraying a myriad of characters each, with incredible body language and simple gestures when swapping genders and not to mention the ability to break into song and play a variety of instruments too!!
Narrated through the perspective of five female servants, the inclusion of pop classics highlighting storylines was extra special and added to our enjoyment, classics such as ‘you’re so vain’ and ‘young hearts run free’ alongside old favourites by Pulp and the Divine Comedy had us singing along with delight…
My (sort of) mini reviewer loved it too, with her highlights being the hilarious Lady Catherine, and not letting Mary sing, until the very end that is ! …..
On until the 5th November – it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you should get yourselves along to check it out !
So the festivals may have finished, but there’s still lots of fun to be had and lots of great family friendly events around Edinburgh to keep us all entertained.
This Saturday -3rd September is Tea in the Park – a great event, including home baking, a very fun duck race, a dog show and much more…
Check out the facebook page for more details here..
Oh goodness, this has been the busiest of Augusts and there is sooooo much to debrief and gather together now that the festivals are sadly heading out of town.
We had SUCH a great time at Connect festival this weekend, and it was the perfect way to say goodbye to this jam packed festival month here in Edinburgh – and the sunshine came to say goodbye too !! We loved checking out all the different stages, the food stalls and the site in general, finding new spots to hang out and enjoy the music from, and seeing some of the secret sets at the tiny changes x Gardeners cottage area….read our full review here.
We will most definitely be back to the wonderful festival – and hopefully bring a whole load of friends along to enjoy it with..
They have just announced the good news that they plan to bring the festival back in 2023 August 25th – 27th – put it in your diaries !!
If you’re looking for something a little bit different to mark the final festival weekend – then Connect festival, starting tomorrow could be it !
Edinburgh’s newest festival, Connect has the most amazing line-up and offering lots of different experiences and stages….With award-winning headliners and local grassroots talent, Connect is wrapped in outstanding experiences that also includes comedy, spoken word, debate and wellness, as well as exceptional food and drink from local talent and big-name Scottish chefs. Children over 5 are welcome to attend the festival with an adult, and there are a range of child-friendly activities on offer.
I’ve been having a little nosey around the website before the festival opens tomorrow and it looks incredible…..loads of great music, the speakeasy stage with comedy and spoken word, the rest and be thankful area offering experiences such as cold water therapy, family yoga sessions and workouts, and the tiny changes Gardeners cottage pop up stage featuring acoustic sessions throughout the weekend. Add into this an assortment of delicious food offerings and the promise of sunshine over the weekend and it looks set to be a fantastic event all round !
Tickets are still available to purchase here. And the best bit ? You can come home to your own bed in-between …. sounds like the ideal festival to us !!!