This article is from 2007.

Hands-on fun for little ones

Watching a performer play with a fun prop can be a frustrating business for children. Being so near and yet so far from something they’d love to get their hands on. Happily, Steve Tiplady and Sally Brown are more than willing to share their prop with you – in fact, that’s what it’s there for.

Aimed at 3–6-year-olds, Claytime is an interactive show introducing children to the joy of clay. Taking ideas from the audience, Tiplady and Brown mould the clay into various objects, then turn it into a story. ‘There’s a different dynamic when the kids are very young – it’s much more gentle,’ says Tiplady. ‘When we have older children it can get very funny and raucous.’

After the story, children are invited to handle the clay themselves. ‘Part of the experience is parents playing with their children,’ says Tiplady. ‘But we ask them to work alongside their kids, rather than do it for them – because it doesn’t matter what they make, it’s all about enjoying the clay.’

Assembly Universal Arts, Freemason’s Hall, 623 3030, 4–27 Aug (not 15), 10.45am, £8 (£7). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £5.


  • 3 stars

Interactive, hands on fun with clay (and messy fingers). Ages 3-6. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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