Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 - Kids highlights

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 8 July 2011

This article is from 2011.


Mr Benn, Bagpuss, Hairy Maclary and more coming to Edinburgh

Mr Benn: The Extraordinary Adventures of an Ordinary Man

The wonderful Tall Stories (Gruffalo, Room on the Broom) is back with its new version of the TV programme.
Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 556 6550, 4–18 Aug (not 6), 11.30am, £8.50 (£7.50). Preview 3 Aug, £5.

The King's Got Donkey's Ears

Theatre of Widdershins made its Edinburgh debut with this show in 2006, which features remarkable sets and puppetry.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Netherbow, High Street, 0131 556 9579, 8–28 Aug (not 7), 1pm, £8.50 (£6.50).

Stick Man Live on Stage!

Fringe regulars Scamp Theatre make a welcome return with this lively adaptation of Julia Donaldson's book.
Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, 6–29 Aug (not 15), 11.15am, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £6.


Soho Theatre and Birmingham Stage Company present a stage production of Bagpuss, based on the 1970s TV series.
Assembly George Square, 0131 623 3030, 6–28 Aug (not 15), 12pm, £12–£14 (£8). Previews 3–5 Aug, £8.

One Thousand Paper Cranes

Lu Kemp's witty and poignant play based on the true story of a Japanese girl who took up origami to save her best friend.
Assembly George Square, 0131 623 3030, 6–27 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 1.10pm, £10 (£8). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £5 (£4).

Snow Play

Lyngo Theatre's interactive show finds Mr White and Mr Green doing battle over who's allowed inside the house.
Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 6–29 Aug, 11.20am, £8 (£6). Previews 3–5 Aug, £5.

Hairy Maclary and Friends

A new crop of stories and songs based on Lynley Dodd's popular picture books.
Assembly George Square, 0131 623 3030, 6–20 Aug, 10.30am, £9 (£7). Previews 3–5 Aug, £5.

Bubblewrap and Boxes

Set in a post room filled with lost parcels and unclaimed letters, this Australian show is both funny and touching.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, 0131 622 6552, 6–21 Aug (not 8, 15), 10.45am, £8–£9 (£7–£8). Previews 3–5 Aug, £5.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Climb inside this unique installation for five minutes of performance, puppetry and projection adapting the popular book by Oliver Jeffers.
Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 6–29 Aug (not 16), every 20 minutes from 10.20am–2.14pm. Previews 3–5 Aug, £3.

The King's Got Donkey's Ears!

Ears! Funny things aren't they… but imagine being cursed with great big furry ones! Find out how poor King Orik coped with this (f)earful affliction and how his faithful dog, Scruffibus, saved the day. This highly visual retelling of the Greek myth was Widdershins first ever Fringe show in 2006. ‘Superb stuff, all round…

One Thousand Paper Cranes

A portrait of childhood friendship that strikes chords, whatever your age. * * * * (Herald). When Sadako finds herself in hospital she doesn't like it one little bit. Everyone wants to prod her and find out what's wrong. But when her best friend Chiziko arrives they decide to change that together. Based on a true story…


  • 5 stars

‘Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss, old fat furry cat-puss…’ The world’s favourite cloth cat, Bagpuss, takes to the stage for the very first time in this magical production featuring your best-loved stories, songs and Havish McTavish! Come with us into Emily’s shop to meet the mice on their mice organ, Gabriel the toad, Madeleine the…

Bubblewrap and Boxes

  • 3 stars

Acrobatics, clowning and a whole lot of cardboard boxes! Asking for Trouble present their award-winning, delightful, high-energy family show. Set in the lost mailroom, a strange, dusty nowhere land where homeless parcels and undeliverable letters live. A highly-strung mailroom dweller, intent on keeping his boxes in…

Stick Man Live on Stage!

Soho Theatre and Birmingham Stage Company present a stage production of Bagpuss, based on the 1970s TV series.

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