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.

Third Week Highlights…..

Another busy week has passed, and I’ve seen some great and unusual shows too ! A little bit of everything ! We’re in the final week of the Fringe now, with most shows finishing on the 29th August…so if you’ve been thinking of checking something out -now is the time to get organised and do it !!

Highlights this week have included the following  (there were others but they have finished their runs already sadly-like Snail and the Whale and Poggle) :

  • The Glasgow Girls – This has to be one of my total highlights of the Fringe so far this year. It’s brilliant – powerful, moving, musical and fun ! It’s recommended for ages 12+, and I think is a really important piece of theatre for this age group. Please, please try and catch it – last performance 28th August.
  • Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones – Using some inventive household objects, and even audience members shoes – this is a great little shadow puppet show by the brilliant Bunk puppets. Featuring a few short stories in shadow puppetry, it’s unique to also be able to see ‘behind the scenes’ too ! On until the 29th August.
  • The Amazing Bubble Man – I felt like I’d been missing out on something, having never seen the bubble man, even after he’s been here for at least the last nine years! I finally went to see him and really enjoyed the show – he certainly knows how to work his bubbles, putting smoke inside them, making big ones, square ones, spinning alien ship ones, light up ones, helium filled ones….it’s a hit with all the bubble fans out there and he includes a little bit of bubble science too for the older ‘kids’ inside the venue ! On until the 29th August.
  • Celeste’s Circus – This is a really sweet little show for the under fives. Celeste takes us to the circus, using a lovely handmade set and featuring a cat, seal, dogs, hippo and elephant ! Lots of cute touches for the little ones and the perfect length too to keep everyone entertained ! On the 26th-28th August.
  • Hup – A quirky, gentle piece for under twos – four musicians delight the crowd with their music and a playful racoon. Really really lovely…..On until the 28th (not 24th).

For something a little different, I would recommend :

  • Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours – I LOVED every minute of this and can see it working really well with families – there were some kids on my tour too….everyone gets headsets and listens and sings along to some very familiar disco tracks whilst ‘dancing’ around the city being led by Guru Dudu, who advises on some dance moves, some choreography and gives some great chat !! VERY fun indeed…..on until the 29th, a few tours a day !
  • Teatro Delusio – Three actors are able to be 29 characters with no words – it’s amazing really, through the use of masks they are able to transform completely and have the audience transfixed in a story of the backstage of a theatre. One for older children perhaps, but my seven year old daughter enjoyed it and loved the masks…On until the 29th August