Second Week Highlights 2018

So, its been another whirlwind of a week at the festival, and it’s hard to keep up with some of the fab shows we’ve seen, we’ve also been back to the hot donut stall in Assembly Gardens, and enjoying the gelatos from the stall next door !!

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is now officially open and you can head down there to browse the wonderful children’s book store or to take part in some of the fantastic free arts and crafts activities they have in the Baillie Gifford StoryBox.

For more information on some of the shows we’ve seen this week, check out the reviews page , and our top tips from this week are :

David Baddiels’s AniMalcolm – We loved this musical ! Very slick, professional and hugely absorbing….Malcolm wakes on his 11th birthday and isn’t that impressed with his presents – Malcolm does not like animals and he’s very soon surrounded by them. This finishes tomorrow though – the 19th so best be quick !!

Denim : The Denim Juniors –Denim is the place to scream, dream, and become a queen. Five pop princesses celebrate the power of being yourself. For something spectacularly different and altogether fabulous, join Denim as they remind us all to be ourselves, sing loud and proud and add a lot of glitter and sparkle in the process…(Read our full review here). Again though one chance only to see this – it finishes on the 19th too….

The Amazing Bubble Man – He begins with smaller bubbles and works big before creating bubbles that rise to the ceiling, smoke filled bubbles, bubble sculptures and even fantastical hat creations. With added live music too to really bring the show together – get a good seat at the front and enjoy !!

The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog with Julia Donaldson – This show captivates all of the magic of the books and much much more….the stories come to life on stage before us and is very much a family affair with Julia Donaldson herself, her husband, sister, and two friends. The well loved stories Room on the Broom, the Gruffalo and Superworm are enthusiastically shared, as are the newer, lesser known Magic Paintbrush and the Ugly Five.

And finally, for something a little different:

Shift – This stunning dance/physical theatre piece from Barely Methodical Troupe is flawless. It is bold, brave and blue ! Featuring an abundance of uses for an elastic band, the performers flip, jump, glide and slide across the stage. The accompanying musical soundtrack is awesome and as the boundaries are pushed from the stage into the audience, we are completely taken along on the playful journey….a thing of beauty.

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Glorious Gilded Balloon

Image result for gilded balloonAnother fantastic locals discount is happening during the Fringe ! This time, its the Gilded Balloon that are extending their generosity, and offering tickets for shows for £5 on Mondays and Tuesdays…This offer will only be available in person at their Box Office, with proof of residency.

You could use the discount for one of the great children’s shows they’ve got this year, including :

David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm – We loved this musical ! Very slick, professional and hugely absorbing….Malcolm wakes on his 11th birthday and isn’t that impressed with his presents – Malcolm does not like animals and he’s very soon surrounded by them. Join Malcolm in this fun adventure, with fantastic storytelling along the way !

The Edinburgh Fringe Magic Gala – For a fun, highly entertaining hour and some mesmerising tricks, get yourself along to this gala. Filled with a variety of performers, we were treated to sleight of hand tricks, hula hooping, mind reading and even some spectacular rubiks cube action !! Having a variety of acts keeps the energy high and with just enough audience participation to keep you on your toes, this comes highly recommended !

Card Ninja – Funny engaging and back by huge popular demand, Card Ninja is a riotous display of comedy and card stunts using playing cards as ninja weapons. Expect deadly and risky fun. Can do amazingly awesome things with the humble playing card…is really astounding !

 

 

Magical musical moments…

The fringe has so much to offer, and more so than ever before for children and families, we have comedy, circus, storytelling ….and also music ! There are a few events that aim to introduce little ones to the wide world of music, whether it be classical, opera , drag queen pop or indy…here are some of our favourites :

Paddington Bear’s First Concert -Join Paddington Bear on his adventures and the mayhem that naturally follows !  We really enjoyed this absorbing introduction to classical music and an orchestra, set within the story of Paddington’s first visit to the Royal Albert Hall. The narrator is mesmerising, leading us effortlessly through the adventure and keeping even wee ones engaged, she has lots of energy and passion for the music. She runs about into the audience and collects things hidden under chairs. The whole thing is totally interactive with dancing, singing and giant inflatable fruit, there is plenty to keep excitement levels high.  Getting to see and touch the instruments at the end is a real highlight too.

Opera Mouse – Tilly Mouse lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! Tilly has stumbled upon music and is transformative powers – she is inspired and motivated to sing and to share her new found gift with the world. However, being a mouse, she must overcome the huge obstacle of everyone being very afraid of her first…(Read our full review here )

BambinO – The story follows a bird, the egg she finds and the relationship that occurs once the baby bird hatches. BambinO is a first operatic adventure for six to 18-month-olds and their carers.Written by Scottish Opera’s acclaimed Composer in residence this show is great to nurture your baby’s musical taste. All the babies were kept enthralled throughout.

Denim: The Denim Juniors–  Denim is the place to scream, dream, and become a queen. Five pop princesses celebrate the power of being yourself. For something spectacularly different and altogether fabulous, join Denim as they remind us all to be ourselves, sing loud and proud and add a lot of glitter and sparkle in the process…(Read our full review here)

Nick Cope – We LOVE Nick Cope – sadly he’s only making a flying visit to Edinburgh and his show at the Book Festival is already sold out.  His banter is highly entertaining and all kids will love his songs about pirates, dragons, poo and more !!! Tickets for this fab looking Super Saturday Summer Sandwich Show are selling fast – grab yours quick !

Recitals For Wrigglers – These guys bring a fun, interactive and educational classical concert for babies and toddlers where wriggling is allowed! They’ve got two shows during the Fringe – The Lion and The Mouse and Wriggle Around The World – For a gentle introduction to classical music – it’s perfect !

We even have a brand new musical venue this year in the form of the Pianodrome, with five working pianos embedded within the structure that everyone is welcome to walk in and play on, there will be piano lessons and multiple other events and concerts …please please do go and check it out ! It’s amazing, something truly unique and in the Botanics too so you can combine it with a visit there….

Catch them while you can…

Once again, some of the children’s shows are finishing this year on Sunday 19th August, slightly earlier than others…so if you’re still hoping to get out and about and see a few things, squeeze one of these in if you can ! My top tips out of shows finishing this week are:

Cat In The Hat – Bold set design based on the book and lots of interactive fun that little ones will love, and of course the beautiful rhyming story !

 

The Showstoppers Kids Show – Improvisation fun with these guys – come along with some great ideas and see them turned into a musical extravaganza…

Better Together – This sweet clowning piece about making friends and connections is sure to brighten your day !

 

Eaten – We loved meeting Lionel the lion last year and learning all about our digestive systems ! Definitely one to check out !

Denim: The Denim Juniors – An hour of being yourself, singing loud and proud and having lots of fun. Highly highly recommended- this drag queen quintet are sure to have you up and dancing !!

 

We’ve not seen it yet, but I’ve heard good things about this show finishing on the 19th too…:

David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm – Malcolm doesn’t like animals, which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip. And there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm… full of animals!

First week highlights 2018

Wowee, it’s been a VERY busy first week indeed, even slightly longer than a week as we squeezed some preview days in ! I feel like it’s been a month already…
We have seen some WONDERFUL shows, really enjoyed hanging out at the Pleasance Kidzone too and making some shrinkies, loved the hot donuts and the delicious ice cream stall next to it in Assembly gardens and all the brilliant street performers – some great bubble guys along middle meadow walk most days !

In terms of shows, we’ve been blown away by some great family circus, enjoyed musical delights and some spellbinding storytelling – highlights have been :

Duckie – A mesmerising musical show by the fabulous Le Gateau Chocolat, a reimagining of the Ugly Duckling that is all about realising your own inner strengths and beauty – just beautiful.

Arr We There Yet ? – A total treat of an hour – pirates, sea shanties, swashbuckling sword fighting fun and lots of impressive acrobatics !! Add to the mix some silly puns and its entertaining for the whole family ! Climb aboard and enjoy the fun…

Chores – Messy, silly circus for littlies ! Two brothers are set the challenge of tidying their room with hilarious consequences…fast paced, frantic and fun !

Splash Test Dummies – The Dummies are back with a fabulous splish splashing adventure ! Baywatch style lifesaving, beach volleyball and synchronised swimming all get a Dummies makeover !

The Bear – Beautiful puppetry makes this enchanting show even more captivating – lovely songs, a great ever changing set and a gentle story perfect for wee ones..

Wilde Creatures – Tall Stories return with a musical tale, looking at what qualities would make someone fit for a town statue – Intelligence ? Beauty ? Generosity ? Oscar Wilde’s lesser known fairy tales get a spectacular outing in this storytelling gem !

And finally our winner of the week, that the whole family LOVED :

Attrape Moi – Spellbinding circus tricks, giant trampolines, ice pop fun – there’s a little bit of everything in this show – the kids mouths were hanging open in wonder !!! Best to see it for yourselves !