Best of the Rest
Events for children at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2009.
Andy and Mike’s… Big Box of Bananas
CBeebies presenter Andy Day and humble sidekick Michael James have become hooked on discovering the meaning of life. In their ‘fun pad’ appears a magical box in which lies the answer they seek.
Pleasance Courtyard, The Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 9–23 Aug, 12.50pm, £8 (£6). Previews 7&8 Aug, £6.
Having already been seen by over 20,000 children across the country, this one-woman show performed by Tara Hodgson comes to Dance Base. The central theme is about the growth of ideas and people with music by Quee MacArthur of Schooglenifty.
Dance Base, Grassmarket, 0131 225 5525, 6–16 Aug (not 11), 10.30am, £5. Preview 5 Aug, £3.
What happens when inkblots, cardboard, angle-poise lamps, video technology and a banana box all hook up? The grand effect of the Paper Cinema is the result with a cast of hand-drawn marionettes bringing Arthur Conan Doyle’s dinosaur tale to life.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, 0131 556 9579, 12–31 Aug (not 18, 25), 3.30pm, £7.50 (£5).
Lighter than Air
Danny Schlesinger played Homer Simpson in the live action version of the show’s opening credits. Here he is Circo Ridiculoso, the wild balloon tamer who merges circus tricks and riotous comedy.
Pleasance Courtyard, The Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 8–30 Aug, 11.30am, £8–£9 (£6.50–£7.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £5.
Giraffes Can’t Dance
A new musical play which features Gerald the giraffe whose knees were too bandy and legs too thin to make any impression at the annual Jungle Dance. But maybe this year things will be different?
Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street, 0845 508 8515, 8–29 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 10.35am; 9, 23 Aug, 2.35pm, £7 (£6). Preview 7 Aug, 10.35am, £5.
The Greatest Bubble Show on Earth
Louis Pearl has been doing bubble shows for three decades so he knows a good trick or two. And with the show being fully interactive, you might even find yourself inside an elaborate air pocket.
C too, Johnston Terrace, 0845 260 1234, 6–31 Aug (not 18), noon, 1pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£5.50–£8.50).
Pandora’s Box Theatre Company presents their fun take on the much-loved kids tale by Alan Ahlberg in which Burglar Bill’s naughty lifestyle is thrown into utter chaos, leading him to question whether a life of crime is really worth all the bother.
Pleasance Dome, Bristo Square, 0131 556 6550, 9–31 Aug (not 18, 25), 2.30pm, £7–£8 (£6–£7), family ticket £24–£28. Previews 5–8 Aug, £5.