Portobello Big Beach Busk 2018

Image may contain: textSo, the festival is almost coming to an end…what better way to get out of town and relax by the sea and be reminded of all the homegrown Edinburgh talent we have!….the Portobello Big Beach Busk is back and is happening on Saturday 25th August..

The Big Beach busk is an opportunity for the prom to be filled with buskers of all varieties, and promises to be a colourful and musical affair !

25th August..from noon all along the prom..

 

 

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Back by popular demand !…

The world’s stories have gone missing and the Bureau of Untold Stories are looking for some new detectives to help find them….we really enjoyed our visit – read more about it here :

After an incredible response from audiences and critics, and the overwhelming demand for new recruits wanting to join them,The Bureau Of Untold Stories will extend it’s run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with an additional performance on Sunday the 26th of August at the Museum Of Childhood.

The Bureau Of Untold Stories sees inspectors Dexter Sharpe and Poppy Hasluck on the hunt for The Eraser, an elusive criminal mastermind guilty of stealing the world’s stories. But with outrageous accents, some unconventional storytelling skills, live sound effects, and YOUR help, The Bureau Of Untold Stories is going to get them back.

WHAT: The Bureau Of Untold Stories

WHEN: 13:00, Sunday, August 26, 2018
WHERE: 
The Museum Of Childhood
COST:
 Free

MORE INFO: www.brymoreproductions.com

See you there to help unravel the mystery !!

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.

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….