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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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….

Amazing Assembly Locals Offer for 1st – 5th August…

So, maybe I’m a little slow with seeing this, but Assembly are being SUPER generous and offering Edinburgh locals a superb bargain discount with £5 tickets for ALL Assembly shows from 1st – 5th August !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out full details here

How to claim £5 tickets

  • Just head down to any Assembly box office
  • Show us a proof of address & photo ID
  • Get tickets to any of our shows for just a fiver

**Each customer can claim up to 6 tickets using the discount**

If you are around for these days you are in luck, there are some great children’s shows and circus shows on at Assembly, a few top picks would be :

Chores – Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, Mother’s alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room.

 

Reversible – the performance group 7 Fingers return with this unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics. A reversible world where everyday life is turned upside down into new, spectacular universes filled with beauty, emotion and yes, hope. Imagine your grandparents and what they lived through when they were your age. Reversible is dedicated to a generation who forged the world that we live in today and whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow.

Attrape Moi – Twirling 12 hoops, dancing with diabolos, soaring through the air – all in a day’s play for Flip FabriQue! These Fringe favourites return after sell-out seasons – experience these high-flying, fearless and fun young artists as they astound audiences with adrenaline-pumping feats of cutting-edge nouveau cirque. Crowd-pleasing spectacles of extreme acrobatics, dramatic turns on the trampoline wall and inventive parkour will dazzle.

Denim : The Denim Juniors – Five pop princesses celebrate the power of being yourself. This drag pop concert for kids glows with stunning costumes and live music from animated classics to party hits. Denim is the place to scream, dream, and become a queen.

 

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze –  Mouths of Lions produce brilliant and creative shows. This year’s offering looks equally bonkers ! ‘A sneeze is a powerful thing, a dangerous thing, you never know what might happen with a sneeze…’ Join Ellie on a wild snot-filled adventure as she sets out to help her friend Stanley to sneeze for the very first time.