Ice Cream Man and the Jelly Incident
Fun with food for kids
This article is from 2009.
Writer Jonny Berliner certainly knows how to create an attention-grabbing show title. After the huge success of Dude! Where’s my Teddy Bear? – which went from Edinburgh sell-out in 2003/4 to runs at festivals nationwide, including Glastonbury – Ice-Cream Man and the Jelly Incident by Berliner and Dave Labi will receive its world premiere on the Fringe.
‘What I love about writing for kids,’ says Berliner, ‘is they are a far more discerning audience than people give them credit for. They know what they like and you have the freedom to be quite silly with it.’
Ice-Cream Man certainly adheres to this ethos. As well as a moral message about healthy eating, the show – which is set in ‘the Foodiverse’ – includes a send-up of Jamie Oliver. Berliner’s songs feature heavily as he gets the audience involved in the storytelling process, making him confident that this show will be as much of a triumph as its predecessor. ‘Dude always had as much of an adult following as it did kids,’ he says. ‘I’m hoping Ice-Cream Man will enjoy the same thing.’
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 8-31 Aug (not 17), 11.45am, £7.50–£8 (£5.50–£6). Previews 5–7 Aug, £5.