First Week Highlights 2019

Phew..we have been super bus this week and have crammed in ALOT of shows…we have also managed to have many ice-creams, some hot donuts and spent some great creative time in the Pleasance Kidzone making shrinkies and tea-light holders….

We have seem some spectacular circus, hilarious comedy and seriously impressive storytelling….some of our top picks this last week have been :

image of eventThe Listies: Ickypedia – If you go and see one children’s show- make it this one ! Hilarious, messy fun…you won’t be disappointed.

 

image of event360 Allstars – For high octane, fast paced impressive tricks, this is the show for you ! Basketball tricks, break dancing, cyr wheel, beat boxing and more…

 

image of eventMorgan and West: Unbelievable Science – For all science enthusiasts out there – they will amaze you with some optical illusions and their usual trickery. Highly entertaining.

 

image of eventSplash Test Dummies – They are lovable, silly and very very funny ! Baywatch style lifesaving, beach volleyball and synchronised swimming all get a Dummies makeover !

 

image of eventTroll – Only on until the 11th August -a  compelling, captivating story , with such  imaginative, creative puppetry and set.

 

For the little ones, we loved:

image of eventFox- tot ! – Multi-sensory adventure where your wee one can get fully involved meeting the playful characters and listening to the beautiful music.

 

For the whole family, we’ve loved these two circus shows – both have been breathtaking:

image of eventBlizzard – fantastic acrobatics with very funny and silly snippets inbetween – try and sit near the front if you can !!

 

image of eventBackbone – Evocative, astoundingly beautiful – stunning acrobatics made to look so graceful and effortless  imaginative sequences and use of limited props and incredible laser lighting that our mini reviewers especially loved !

 

 

 

 

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First day….

We had a super fantastic first day, and loved getting fully immersed in festival fever again!! This is going to be a great few weeks !!

Our first stop was to the wonderful Summerhall to see Sparkle, we loved this gentle adventure of the first days at school and the trials and tribulations that unfold..definitely recommend this for an uplifting start to your morning !!

We squeezed in some exploring in Summerhall and a quick visit to the enchanting Swallow The Sea Caravan Theatre, before seeing the epic fairytale of Troll – Trick of the Light theatre always produce the most compelling, captivating stories , with such imaginative, creative puppetry and sets – this was no exception ! It is only on until the 11th of August – so get yourselves to see it quick !

As some of you may know, no visit to the fringe these days is without the possibility of hot cinnamon donuts – and a collective sigh of relief was had by all when we popped by George Square Gardens to check the stall has returned…and…

Last up, we went to see Blizzard which was awesomely spectacular and left us all on a high – fantastic acrobatics with very funny and silly snippets inbetween – try and sit near the front if you can !!

Elsewhere, our new mini, mini reviewer was getting immersed in the world of Fox-Tot! and loving the sensory set and getting to play with the autumnal leaves…

Top Five shows for the even littler little ones 2019….

So, earlier this month I published my top ten children’s shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year (see here) – and as always it was a difficult process choosing from the amazing array of shows available.  It helps if I am able to do this separate list of shows I would recommend seeing along with even smaller children. All of these shows are developed with the youngest children in mind, providing a sensory treat for them and a perfect introduction to theatre and performance…

There are obviously loads more shows for even the youngest children out there during the fringe, so please do explore and let me know how you get on !

image of eventValentina’s Galaxy – I remember bringing my very mini – mini reviewer along to Paperbelle a few years ago and they loved it – Frozen Charlotte create beautiful and inspiring shows for children and this one looks particularly exciting ! ”An intergalactic adventure for children aged 2-6, inspired by real-life female astronauts, this immersive performance captivates children and adults alike with a combustible concoction of experiments, rocket launches and stargazing.”   3rd – 18th August (not 5th/12th )

 

image of eventCeleste’s Circus – We LOVED this enchanting show and are delighted it’s back at the Fringe (see our review here). The hand crafted set is the perfect backdrop for this gentle adventure aimed at the under five’s. ”Celeste invites you to spot a peek-a-boo pussycat, applaud a highwire hippo and fall in love with the cutest seal pup ever. A complete joy to watch, with a delightful retro feel.”      1st – 25th August (not 6/7/8th, 13/14/15th, 20,21,22nd)

 

image of eventLittle Top – Starcatchers create incredible shows for younger children and this first experience of the circus Big Top looks as inventive and interactive as ever ! ”Welcome to Little Top, a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months. Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance with spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling. Be transported into a joyous, topsy-turvy world where patterns fill the air and anything is possible.”                                                                                                                              2nd – 17th August (not 5th/12th) 

 

image of eventFox-tot! – Returning after the success of BambinO, Scottish Opera are back with a brand new opera for 12 to 24-month-olds. ”Fox-tot! is full of imagination – a magical journey of discovery for those taking their first small steps into the big wide world. Set in a woodland world where anything can happen, this engaging mix of music and puppetry is an interactive experience for toddlers and adults to enjoy together.”                                   2nd – 16th August (not 5th/12th )

 

image of eventJelly or Jam – Have you ever seen a giant block of jelly – wobbly, jiggly and strong enough to stand on? Jelly or Jam takes you on an acrobatic adventure into the brains of young humans. Guided by real interviews with kids about their emotions and friendship,  don’t miss this rollercoaster ride filled with squishy, messy jelly that will inspire people, young and old, to consider the importance of individuality and friendship.                               3rd/4th and 10th/11th August