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Events for children at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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This article is from 2009.

Andy and Mike’s … Big Box of Bananas

Andy and Mike’s… Big Box of Bananas

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.

Dilly Dilly

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.

Lost World

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).

Burglar Bill

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.

This article is from 2009.

Dilly Dilly

Tabula Rasa Dance presents some expressive gibberish and serious gobbledygook in this playful and poetic performance of dance and song. Age 4+.

Dilly Dilly

'Rollickingly eccentric' (Herald). Colourful ideas and an extraordinary girl are growing in the garden. Seriously silly, poetic and slightly absurd dance theatre for smaller and taller folk four years and up. www.scottishtheatre.org/madeinscotland www.dancebase.co.uk

Burglar Bill

  • 4 stars

Who's that creeping down the street? Who's that climbing up the wall? Who's that coming through the window? Who's that?...It's Burglar Bill! Every night Burglar Bill has stolen fish and chips and a stolen cup of stolen tea for supper, then he swings a big stolen sack over his shoulder and goes off to work…

Andy and Mike's … Big Box of Bananas

  • 4 stars

A mysterious, magical box appears, but to open it, CBeebies presenter Andy Day and comedy partner Michael James must take the journey of their life! Come and find out what's inside!

Lighter Than Air

  • 4 stars

Enter the strange bizarre universe of a wild balloon tamer where surreal stupid things happen. Combining circus and comedy, clown Danny Schlesinger creates an utterly joyous experience loaded with surprises and laughs. Warning! Loud balloon pops! www.circoridiculoso.com

Giraffes Can't Dance

  • 4 stars

Gerald the giraffe was not a good dancer. Every year, he dreaded the great Jungle Dance. But one beautifulmoonlit night, Gerald discoversthat sometimes all we need is a different song to dance to!

Lost World

A film is created before your very eyes as The Paper Cinema retell Conan Doyle's ripping yarn. Lovingly crafted live animation and original music transports you through Amazon jungles in search of prehistoric life. 'Fragile and beautiful' - ****(Guardian).

Giraffes Can't Dance!

Children's event: AGE 4 - 8 Join Gerald the Giraffe and his animal friends for a jungle jamboree to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Giraffes Can't Dance. The witty illustrations and rhythmic text of this energetic picture book have an infectious beat - come and join the party!

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