Best family shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

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  • 16 July 2019
Best family shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Super Human

Highlights include Moonbird, Bout and Un Poyo Rojo

Although the Fringe can seem like it's a bit of an adult's only playground, there are also plenty of shows aimed at kids hiding beneath the swearwords and risqué cabaret. Edinburgh's Southside venues, Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO, have an especially spot on selection of shows that will keep the little ones quiet for hours at a time. Enjoy everything from musicals, theatre and dance, with themes to get the whole family thinking.

Pleasance

Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels
Carrot Productions
Join everyone's favourite dynamic duo as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion Gromit. This interactive experience features specially created animations from Aardman, as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from some of the UK's top musicians and presenter Matthew Sharp.
Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels, Pleasance at EICC – Pentland Theatre, Thu 15 & Fri 16 Aug, 1pm & 3.15pm, £18 (£15.50).

Mustard Doesn't Go With Girls
Bric à Brac Theatre
When the children of Bow-on-Tie start disappearing, Abigail decides to investigate further. She embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the town's secrets, topple the cabinet of treacherous animals in charge and prove that girls are made of more than just sugar and spice. This production pokes fun at fairy tales from the past whilst creating new storylines for the young generation of today.
Mustard Doesn't Go With Girls, Pleasance Courtyard – Upstairs, Sat 3–Fri 23 Aug (not 13), 11.30am, £9–£11 (£7–£9). Previews Wed 31 Jul–Fri 2 Aug, £7.

Best family shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels

Moonbird
Handprint Theatre
A tale of a family who don't know how to communicate. Can the Moonbird and animal friends show them that listening is not always about hearing? Handprint have inspired children for 10 years and now make their Fringe debut with this heart-warming story based on the popular book by Joyce Dunbar and Jane Ray.
Moonbird, Pleasance Courtyard – Beside, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 12, 20), 10.30am, £6–£10 (£7.50–£9).

I'll Take You to Mrs Cole!
A Complicité and Polka Theatre Co-Production
The 1980s! Ska music pulses and young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world. When Jedi battles and forest adventures go too far, will their hard-working mum resort to the scariest threat of all? Accompanied by an original ska soundtrack and stunning video animation.
I'll Take You to Mrs Cole!, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug (not 12), 1.45pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £8.

Summerhall

Bout
Chang Dance Theatre
Originally inspired by the ritual and physical rhythms of the boxing ring, this simply staged, unpretentiously eloquent new work is the physically deft and thoughtful expression of three contemporary young Asian men who communicate best through their bodies. By exploring their strong, if sometimes strained, personal connections, the Changs once again endear themselves indelibly to us.
Bout, Summerhall – Old Lab, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 10.20am, £12 (£9). Previews Wed 31 Jul & Thu 1 Aug, £8.

Best family shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Sparkle

Sparkle
Annie Cusick Wood, Honolulu Theatre Production supported by Catherine Wheels
Sparkle, who loves to dress in tutus, tiaras and sparkly dresses, finds on his first day of school that not everyone wants to let him shine. In this playful and poignant show, Sparkle discovers the magnificence of standing up for himself and being unique – even in his own sparkly slippers.
Sparkle, Summerhall – Tech Cube 0, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 10.20am, £10 (£6). Previews Wed 31 Jul & Thu 1 Aug, £5.

First Piano on the Moon
Will Pickvance
Adapting Mozart, Chopin and Scott Joplin for outer space requires a specially equipped pianist. Will has been doing some groundwork. As schoolmates study for exams, he's busy making preparations for his lunar recital. Stories come alive from the piano stool as Will builds variations on themes and experiments with ways to play.
First Piano on the Moon, Summerhall – Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Fri 2–Sun 18 Aug (not 12), 11.30am, £12 (£10). Previews Wed 31 Jul & Thu 1 Aug , £8.

ZOO

The Beautiful Game
Next Door Dance
A laugh-out-loud look at our undying obsession with football, celebrating everything from weird match day rituals to ridiculous armchair punditry. Four women deliver a knockout performance in this ballsy show which is brimming with nostalgia and set to a buzzing soundtrack. Even if football isn't your thing, this electric, feel-good show will persuade you of its charms.
The Beautiful Game, ZOO Playground, Mon 5–Mon 26 Aug (not 14), 2pm, £10 (£9). Previews Fri 2–Sun 4 Aug, £7.

Best family shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo
Un Poyo Rojo in association with Aurora Nova
The athletic bodies of Luciano Rosso and Alfonso Barón move fluently from wrestling to dance, acrobatics to physical comedy in an irresistible distortion of the expectations of manhood. A funny, raw, playful hour interspersed with competitiveness and camaraderie as well as seduction and sabotage, showcasing the best of Argentinian contemporary dance.
Un Poyo Rojo, ZOO Southside, Wed 21–Mon 26 Aug, 5.10pm, £13 (£11).

it will come later
iCoDaCo
A stripped back, thrilling and edgy contemporary dance work. Performed and watched around a revolving set that's flooded in light like the shifting light of day, six bodies push against each other in a constant flow of transformation. Never-ending effort is put into minute moments as the artists seek a greater good, a common goal, and maybe together they will get somewhere.
it will come later, ZOO Southside, Tue 13–Sun 25 Aug (not 14, 20), 1pm, £14 (£12). Previews Sun 11 & Mon 12 Aug, £12.

Super Human
Next Zone
In a unique and mind-awakening performance the super physical team redefine the human being in new optimised versions. The distinctive choreographic language of Next Zone and choreographer Lene Boel builds on explorations of mental states, translated into extreme physical movements in a fusion of urban dance, new composed music and scenography lights.
Super Human, ZOO Southside, Fri 2–Sat 17 Aug (not 5, 12), 5.30pm, £14 (£12).

A Pleasance @ EICC
Lennox 1 @ EICC, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE
B ZOO Playground
High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ
C ZOO Southside
117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER
D Summerhall
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Southside, Summerhall is a multi-arts venue with a varying programme of events that take place all year round, from exhibitions and workshops to gigs and club nights. With a range of spaces including the TechCube, a…
E Pleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ

I'll Take You to Mrs Cole!

  • 4 stars

A Complicité and Polka Theatre Co-Production It's 1981 and ska music pulses. Young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world while Mum longs to return home to Barbados. When Jedi battles and forest adventures go too far, will Mum resort to the scariest threat of all? Accompanied by an original…

Sparkle

  • 3 stars

Annie Cusick Wood, Honolulu Theatre Production supported by Catherine Wheels Scottish theatre-maker Annie Cusick Wood worked with companies such as Visible Fictions and Catherine Wheels before moving to Hawaii where she collaborates with Hawaii's Honolulu Theatre for Youth. This timely show, designed by Karen Tennent…

Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels

Carrot Productions Join everyone's favourite dynamic duo as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion Gromit… what could possibly go wrong?! This interactive experience features specially created animations from Aardman, as well as live…

First Piano on the Moon: Will Pickvance

Will Pickvance Adapting Mozart, Chopin and Scott Joplin for outer space requires a specially equipped pianist. Will has been doing some groundwork. As schoolmates study for exams, he's busy making preparations for his lunar recital. How will less gravity affect hand position? Do melodies get homesick? Stories come…

Moonbird

Handprint Theatre 'He doesn't listen for his name' said a father (who happened to be a king.) A tale of a family who don't know how to communicate. Can the Moonbird and animal friends show them that listening is not always about hearing? Handprint have inspired children for 10 years and now make their Fringe debut with…

The Beautiful Game

Next Door Dance Some love it, others loathe it, but we can't avoid it – it's everywhere! A laugh-out-loud look at our undying obsession with football, celebrating everything from weird match day rituals to ridiculous armchair punditry. This show explores the highs and lows of football fandom – it may even attempt to…

Taiwan Season: Bout

  • 3 stars

Chang Dance Theatre Taiwan's Chang brothers (co-creators of Bon 4 Bon, a five-star hit at the 2018 Fringe) bounce back with a dance that reveals fresh facets of their fraternal relationships and the rich possibilities – and inherent conflicts – of male bonding. Originally inspired by the ritual and physical rhythms of…

Super Human

  • 3 stars

Next Zone Super Human explores and pushes the limits of the human body. In a unique and mind-awakening performance the super physical team redefine the human being in new optimised versions. Both supernatural and superhuman behaviour is in the spotlight as the performance gathers inspiration from science-fiction…

Mustard Doesn't Go with Girls

  • 3 stars

Bric à Brac Theatre When the children of Bow-on-Tie start mysteriously disappearing, Abigail decides to investigate further. She embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the town's secrets, topple the cabinet of treacherous animals in charge and prove girls are made of more than just sugar and spice. Catch this…

it will come later

iCoDaCo A stripped back, thrilling and edgy contemporary dance work. Performed and watched around a revolving set that’s flooded in light like the shifting light of day, six bodies push against each other in a constant flow of transformation. Never-ending effort is put into minute moments as the artists seek a greater…

Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo in association with Aurora Nova Returning after their internationally acclaimed world tour. Six shows only. In an empty locker room, two men play with movement, an analogue radio and tiny shorts. The athletic bodies of Luciano Rosso and Alfonso Barón move fluently from wrestling to dance, acrobatics to…

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