Hidden Gems…

The last weekend of the Fringe is fast approaching and you still have time to get out there and explore all the corners of the festival and everything out there ! There are some unique venues this year that we have loved visiting –  two hidden gems that are well worth a visit if you can are :

ImageSwallow The Sea Caravan Theatre – Finishing up on Sunday 25th , this delightful little caravan is not to be missed. Parked up in the Summerhall courtyard, bringing you an escape from the hecticness of the festival and plunging audiences into a different world entirely. Shadow and tabletop puppetry, object theatre, poetry, installation and live soundscape give a rare opportunity to experience intimate all-immersive theatre in the tiniest of settings with the smallest of audiences. It is totally worth going to Summerhall just to see the caravan – make sure you book tickets in advance as seats are limited !

Image result for pianodromePianodrome – Also finishing up on the 25th August is the incredible Pianodrome – if you have never visited this amazing venue before – don’t miss out. The biggest small venue in town. This year their majestic 100-seater amphitheatre made entirely from upcycled pianos goes wild downtown in a post-industrial warehouse in Leith. Join them for new music, new writing, street food and drinks. All singing, all dancing, all welcome. Intimate. Epic.

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And so it begins….

Wow…so August festival season has started with a bang ! Two days in and I’m three press launches down and in need of a serious good night’s sleep ! But it’s been so much fun – and from all the amazing, varied snippets of shows I’ve been lucky to see, this fringe is going to be fantastic !!

First up was the Underbelly launch and I know this is a blog about kid’s events, but we loved the compere – Rhys Nicholson – and I would definitely check his show out if you can!

Other highlights included :

  • Basil Brush – He popped in for a quick visit, which delighted everyone !! He will be here with songs, stories and more for the whole family !
  • Magical Bones – I think this guy would be great for older children, and anyone keen to see magic and some impressive acrobatics combined !
  • Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo – we were met by one of the dinosaur’s from this show outside and it was incredible – kids are going to LOVE it….

Next up Assembly worked more of their magic in the beautiful Assembly Hall venue….Frisky and Manish were compering and sharing some musical delights…

  • Blizzard – I was already SO excited to see this after the awesome Attrape Moi last year – and the brief preview we got to see did not disappoint !!
  • Morgan and West – Yay ! We love these guys and this year their quick witted humour is working it’s magic on science and the glimpse we got was great !!
  • La Galerie – Bringing humour to circus and seamlessly taking the audience with them – I’m keen to see the whole show as the glimpse we got wasn’t nearly enough!

Lastly, the List party was lots of fun, and Summerhall the perfect venue – I love exploring all the corridors and walkways….

Image result for swallow the sea caravan theatre………and if you’re lucky enough you will find the amazing Swallow The Sea caravan this year – parked in the Summerhall courtyard. Bringing you an escape from the norm and plunging audiences into a different world. Shadow and tabletop puppetry, object theatre, poetry, installation and live soundscape give a rare opportunity to experience intimate all-immersive theatre in the tiniest of settings with the smallest of audiences. It is totally worth going to Summerhall just to see the caravan, let alone all the other shows being hosted there !