Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012: Kids highlights

This article is from 2012

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012: Best of Kids

CBeebies' Andy Day, Tall Stories, Sesame Street Live and more

Andy & Mike’s … Tick Tock Time Machine

Andy and Mike’s 2011 Fringe show, Big Box of Bananas, was a genuinely funny affair that entertained both wee ones and their adult companions. So we’ll expect great things from the CBeebies presenter’s return.
Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 4–19 Aug, 11am, £9–£9.50 (£8–£9). Previews 1–3 Aug, £6.

The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

A touching tale of friendship and fitting in, from one of Scotland’s finest children’s theatre companies, Catherine Wheels.
Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, 0131 228 1404, 4–26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 1.30pm; 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26 Aug, 5pm; £10 (£32 family ticket). Preview 3 Aug, 1.30pm, £6.

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Of all the wonderful puppet shows Theatre of Widdershins has brought to the Fringe in recent years, this is surely the most charming, funny and beautifully crafted. We’re very happy, therefore, to see it paying a return visit.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, 0131 556 9579, 2–26 Aug (not 15), 1pm, £8.50 (£6.50). Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £6.50 (£4.50).

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music

It’s not often you get to spend an hour with Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, the Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, and other Sesame Street heroes, so don’t miss your chance.
Meadows Theatre Big Top, Melville Drive, 0131 667 0202, 5–12 Aug, 2pm; 11 & 12 Aug, 11am, £11 (£40 family ticket).

The Snail and the Whale

It wouldn’t be the Fringe without a Tall Stories show, and if their previous Julia Donaldson adaptations are anything to go by (The Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom) then this one should be a guaranteed hit.
Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 4–26 Aug, 3pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews 1–3 Aug, £5.

The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

Play from Catherine Wheels about a boy's first day at school and how it ends up giving him the nickname Pondlife McGurk. Ages 8+.

Andy and Mike's … Tick Tock Time Machine

  • 4 stars

Andy Day from CBeebies’ Andy's Wild Adventures stars alongside Mike James. Following their smash-hit show, Andy and Mike's… Big Box of Bananas they bring you another adventure - this time they have a time machine! They're sent on a quest to collect things from the past and the future. Will they make it back to 2012 or be…

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Elvis Schumacker, master cobbler and creative craftsman, and his pet mouse Cornelius have hit hard times, thanks to the evil shoe factory boss, Bunyan Soleless. Booooooo! Things look Grimm! But as if by magic, fabulous footwear starts appearing around his workshop. Shooooooooes! So many to choose. Delightful on the feet.

Sesame Street Live - Elmo Makes Music

Monsters make music? Yes and in wonderful ways too! Your family's favourite Sesame Street friends are coming to the Meadows Theatre Big Top to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live - Elmo Makes Music. See Elmo beat the drums, Oscar the Grouch's stomping trash can lids, Cookie Monster's crumbling cookie jars and…

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