Interactive children's shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Our tips on the best shows to get children up and moving


This article is from 2011.

Fringe 2011 kids - interactive shows

Snow Play

The Enormous Turnip, Magic Porridge Pot, Peter Pan on Dinosaur Island, Robinson Crusoe the Lost Jedi Knight

Spotlites Theatre Productions don’t just dabble in interactive theatre, it’s their raison d’être. ‘Little ’uns come onstage!’ is the proclamation they make for all these shows – so go pull a turnip, stop runaway porridge, fight a dinosaur or hang out with Jedi Knights and have something to talk about when you’re back at school.

The Big Sing-a-Long!

Join singer Karine Polwart and local children aged 5-18 for an afternoon sing-a-long, where you can belt out numbers by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Take That. It’s like karaoke, but with class.

Hansel and Gretel

Patch of Blue Theatre really knows how to sell a show – its promised free sweets in the form of an edible house, which Hansel and Gretel invite you up on stage to tuck into. Given how tough it is to put bums on seats during the Fringe, other companies would do well to follow this lead.

Movin’ Melvin Brown: Just Singing and Dancing …You Can Do It!

‘Everybody joins in!’ proclaims Fringe regular Melvin Brown. So get ready to try singing, tap dancing, moonwalking and robotics with this infectiously enthusiastic American.

Snow Play

Now that the relentless snow of last winter has been gone long enough for us to stop hating it, it’s time to play with some fake snow that doesn’t cripple the country’s travel infrastructure. Throw snowballs, make snowmen and frolic in the white stuff at this popular show.

This article is from 2011.

Movin' Melvin Brown: Just Singing and Dancing… You Can Do It!

  • 3 stars

Singing, tapdancing, mime, robotics, moonwalking, comedy. Everybody joins in… Children, 2 to 92, love him! 'I don't know if the children or the parents had more fun! Movin' Melvin is a dervish, a laughing, loose-limbed, clog-clapping extravaganza. He sends his audience singing into the bright of day' ★★★★ (Edmonton…

Hansel and Gretel

Come and play in our enchanted forest and eat a cottage made entirely of sweets! Banished by their stepmother, Hansel and Gretel must find their way home in this dark, wickedly funny interactive adventure for all ages.

Peter Pan On Dinosaur Island

Defeat the T-Rex with Peter and real swords! Fly with the Pterodactyl! Bombard Captain Hook with dinosaur droppings! Professional interactive theatre for kids who don't just want to sit still and watch! This is an immersive new adventure set ten Neverland years after the classic tale finishes but eighty London years! 'An…

Robinson Crusoe the Lost Jedi Knight

Battle the Sith Pirates with real lightsabres! Blast the Dark Side's droids! Master the Force with Jedi Knight Crusoe! Professional interactive theatre for kids who don't just want to sit still and watch! Critically hit, Jedi Knight Crusoe crash lands his X-Wing! Can he fulfil his crucial mission? 2010 Fringe sell-out!

The Enormous Turnip

Help Boy and Grandad tend their seeds in this interactive play for young kids.

The BIG Sing-a-long!

After wowing Queen’s Hall audiences in 2010, The BIG Project’s children’s choir return to lead an uplifting hour of family-friendly fun! Learn chart hits and mash-ups of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Take That, Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, world music, action songs and more! The choir is backed by Jim Gash (drums), Kevin…


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