Andrew Clover’s Crazy Kids’ Show
Letting loose the anti-Supernanny approach to parenting
This article is from 2008.
Andrew Clover’s show for children came about purely by accident. Last year he wrote a novel for teenagers with an agency booking him to appear at schools to discuss it. Only they booked him into the wrong schools. ‘They sent me to primary schools by mistake,’ he laughs. ‘So I had to make up a show for younger kids, which is now well-honed because I had to do an hour-long show four times a day to 500 kids at a time.’ While that might sound like a living hell to most, Clover revelled in it. ‘It’s about the best show I’ve ever done, because with kids you can be so playful, you can dive straight in with the daftness.’
His improvised Fringe show looks at how stories work and examines the joy of interaction between parents and children. Clover also writes a Sunday Times column, Dad Rules (which is the basis for his adult Fringe show at Pleasance Dome), and is passionate about the subject. ‘I hate parenting shows like Supernanny which regard children as problems to be corrected by naughty steps and rules. All my work is about learning to play and the pleasures you have engaging with children, and this show is the clearest demonstration of that idea.’
Pleasance Courtyard, the Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 7, 14, 21 Aug, 11.30am, £7 (£5).