Some top picks for 2021….

So, I’ve finally had a moment to gather myself together and look through the programme for this year’s festival – though it’s being added to all the time so do keep checking for new additions !

My top picks so far include :

The Adventures of SleepyheadOnline On Demand

She’s the dreamer of dreams. The walking-talking nap. A snoozer and a muser. Children and adults alike will delight in this adventure to the heart of dreamland as Sleepyhead fends off the Zzz… This show takes you on a journey to discover where dreams come from and where they go….

Available to watch online from 6th August

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The Snail And The WhaleOnline Scheduled

Tall Stories never fail to deliver in their charming adaptations of Julia Donaldson’s well loved books – and this is no exception. We were lucky enough to see this show in Edinburgh in 2016 and LOVED it – read our review here. Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world…

August 6th – 15th

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You ChooseIn Person

Based on the brilliant book by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt, Nonsense Room Productions (Shark in the Park and Hairy Maclary Shows) bring you a brand-new interactive musical show for all the family. But in this show – You Choose what happens! Using the picture book as inspiration and through a series of games and challenges, each show will be unique with different characters, locations, costumes and much more every time!

  Aug 3-10, 12-17, 19-22

Tom Brace: Eat, Sleep, AMAZE, RepeatIn Person

We were lucky enough to see Tom Brace two years ago, and even got a personal magic show as we were eating lunch too ! He amazed us with his tricks then, and his show was brilliant – highly recommended for everyone !

Featuring magic inspired by classic board games, internet crazes and all the day time television he watched. Get ready to expect the unexpected at an evening for the whole family. 

9th – 14th August

BromanceIn Person

Again, we have been lucky enough to see this show a few years ago and were were amazed by it then, and look forward to seeing it again and how its grown and changed. Prepare to be awestruck ….

Audacious, touching, exhilarating tour-de-force of physical heroics where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips

August 3rd – 29th

It’s a really important year for everyone involved in the festivals this year so please show your support – online and in person if you can !

Festive treats…

Edinburgh’s Christmas has officially opened, the big wheel is spinning and the lights are twinkling in the trees all along Princes Street. We are also about to be served a huge portion of fantastic Christmas shows to choose from, ranging once again from panto to ballet with a little of everything inbetween…

  • Cinderella 1819 Fa Web. Cinderella – Scottish Ballet bring us this magical production featuring dance lessons from a grasshopper and a dress spun by magic. Give in to light, love and transformation in this classic tale. We meet Cinderella at the saddest of times, then see her taken for granted by her wicked stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. But there’s no time for despair: Cinderella’s fairy godmother is casting spells of dressmaker spiders, magical roses and a very special glass slipper. Will love conquer loneliness, and light chase away the dark? Be part of the spectacle, and rediscover this classic tale.                   Festival T heatre 8 – 30 December

 

  • You Choose –  We love Nonsense Room Productions – they’ve brought us the much loved Hairy Maclary shows and last year’s brilliant Shark In The Park. This year we’re getting ‘You Choose’ – A different story in every show!   -based on the brilliant book by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt  this is a brand new interactive musical show for all the family. But in this show – YOU CHOOSE what happens! Using the picture book as inspiration and through a series of games and challenges each show will come up with a unique story, with different characters every time!  (Suitable for ages 2-7)    Festival Square Spiegeltent  30th November – 5th January

 

  • Wendy and Peter Pan – We absolutely love the Lyceum Christmas shows – Arabian Nights was an amazing storytelling spectacle and this year Wendy and Peter Pan looks set to be the same. Follow the fearless Wendy as she flies with Peter to Neverland – a world of dastardly pirates, feisty fairies and raucous lost boys. This adaptation has all the magic and wonder of the original, as Wendy and Peter fly together above the rooftops and follow ‘the second star on the right and straight on till morning’ to Neverland. There they find all is not well in the kingdom of the Lost Boys, as the villainous Captain Hook wreaks havoc, can Wendy and Peter band together with fearsome fairy Tiger-Lilly and the irrepressible Tinkerbell to win the day? Full of fairy-dust, adventure and all your favourite characters this magical story is everything a Christmas treat should be.    Lyceum Theatre 1st December – 5th January

 

  • Black Beauty – We’ve missed this previously – and if you’ve done the same, then watch out at this is on for two nights only ! Fresh from an acclaimed run in New York City, audience favourite Black Beauty returns home for two performances only. From the cosy horsebox they call home, the McCuddy Brothers take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale of Black Beauty as you’ve never seen it before. Saddle up, jump on and gallop headlong into a story where loneliness gives way to hope, friends become heroes, and courage saves the day. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this vibrant re-telling of Black Beauty offers fun and adventure for fans of the book, classic TV show and those brand new to the tale.   Traverse Theatre 29th-30th November 

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  • Beauty and The Beast – Expect the usual singing, dancing, plenty of puns and a huge dollop of audience participation. The beloved Pantomime returns to the King’s and it’s the tale of Beauty and The Beast which is set to amuse us this year!   King’s Theatre 1st December – 20th January