Highlights from week two…

It’s been another busy week at the festival…… I have managed to squeeze in seeing a few shows, some Book Festival visiting, a tiny bit of time at the BBC tent and only one ice-cream this week between school drop offs and pick ups !

I have been happy to see an increase in sunshine over the past few days and I am looking forward to enjoying it this weekend with some friends visiting from London (I am also looking forward to seeing a few ‘adult’ shows in this year’s fringe too) !

Some of my highlights from the second week have included :

  • The Piper – You can read my full review over on the reviews page here. This show provides a unique opportunity for children to become part of the cast and be onstage. Lovely visuals and design…
  • Albee vector the Sound Collector – As I mentioned in my post about the weekend, this is a superb show all about sound, and takes you on a fantastic journey with Albee and Andromeda and the sound hoover Mustard. Really, really, fun and imaginative show with lots of surprises !
  • Brush – Returning to the fringe, this is a lovely, gentle show for children ….paintings are created live on stage and brought to life right before your eyes. This Korean show includes music, puppets and a cast of very energetic performers who make it a total delight to watch….

And of course I have LOVED being at the Book Festival which opened last weekend….the children’s bookshop is a lovely, colourful place to hang out and get cosy to explore the fantastic range of books on offer and the Storybox with free arts and crafts activities is fab too….

It looks like as week three approaches, there is an awful lot going on with the festival, the Mela, the big beach busk and the end of festival fireworks all taking place – but I will be posting more about all of that later ….for now, I’m going to go and have a little rest !

Pleasance Kidzone 2015

Each year the Pleasance has a fantastic kidzone – packed with fun craft activities, toys, picnic tables, buggy park and a few food stalls so importantly parents can also grab a well deserved cup of coffee !

Children can also enjoy storytelling sessions, face painting, music, author book signings and regular visits from all the Pleasance performers, so it is a gem of a place to spend some time with kids during the festival season.

The Pleasance’s 2015 children’s programme is almost double what is has been in previous years, with a whopping number of 26 shows for you to choose from – you can read all about them here.

Here are a few of my top picks :

  • Alfie White : Space Explorer – Brought this year by Tall Stories who came to Edinburgh last year with Emily brown and the thing which was extremely enchanting- this shows looks worth a peek. Alfie White is crazy about space. And his dad is training to be the first man on the moon. At least that’s what Alfie tells his schoolmates. In fact, Alfie’s dad has disappeared without trace… A cosmic tale of adventure and discovery for everyone aged 5+                                 
  • The Tiger Who Came To Tea – The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? …..Most parents and children will be familiar with this delightful tale which has spanned generations and this show packed with music and clumsy chaos looks exciting !  (Ages 2 +)               
  • Albee Vector The Sound Collector – This show was part of the free fringe last year and I mentioned it in my blog as being worth visiting but I never made it myself – judging by it’s return to the Pleasance venue this year, it’s well worth the trip ! An epic tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard. Find out how Albee and his love Andromeda survived kings, curses and cruelty on their quest for beautiful sound in the world. (Ages 4+)                                             Albee Vector the Sound Collector
  • Rosie’s Magic Horse – If an ice lolly stick can dream of being a horse, what magic might follow? A fantastic story based on the book by Russell Hoban. This looks very mystical and enchanting…..(Ages 3-8)                                             

Definitely looks like its worth visiting the kidzone again this year….