Children's theatre at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe for a fiver

This article is from 2012

Fringe for a Fiver for Kids

2012 Edinburgh Festival offers a host of great-value kids show previews

Each year, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has more and more shows to tempt families. From theatre pieces to circus shows, you could easily spend three weeks (and a month’s salary) straddling the good-taste line between charming puppetry and jokes about poo.

So before the madness gets properly underway, venture out and enjoy reduced rate tickets at the preview shows. Not everyone offers previews, but, happily, this year some of the finest children’s theatre companies around are giving you the chance to enjoy their wares for £5 or £6 a head.

Head to the Traverse Theatre’s temporary Fringe home at the Scottish Book Trust, where talented puppeteer Shona Reppe is performing The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean (3 Aug, £6), and the superb Catherine Wheels theatre company present The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk (3 Aug, £6).

Next door at the Scottish Storytelling Centre you’ll find the always wonderful Theatre of Widdershins, and their best show to date, The Elves and the Shoemaker (31 July–1 Aug, £6.50/£4.50). Also at that venue, Ailie Cohen’s acclaimed Cloud Man returns (1–2 Aug, £6/£4).

Two very different, but equally entertaining, shows are previewing at Pleasance Courtyard. Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine (1–3 Aug, £6) features Andy Day from CBeebies, while The Snail and the Whale (1–3 Aug, £5) is the latest treat from Gruffalo company Tall Stories (pictured).

Fans of Julia Donaldson could also head to the Underbelly in Bristo Square, where the excellent Scamp Theatre are performing Tiddler and other Terrific Tales (2–3 Aug, £6).

Various venues, Edinburgh, 1–3 Aug

Visit for full venue details, full show dates and times.

Cloud Man

A chance for kids to join cloud expert Cloudia on a journey up, up and away into the clouds in the hope of finding a lesser-spotted Cloud Man. Featuring a blend of puppetry, storytelling and sumptuous visuals. Ages 4–7.

The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

  • 4 stars

Intriguing show from the much respected Shona Reppe Puppets about a mysterious scrapbook which leads to a strange paper room. Suitable for ages 6+.

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+.

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales

Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre. Brand new show from award-winning Scamp Theatre (Stick Man). Adapted from the bestselling books by Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (creators of The Gruffalo). A magical collection of Julia Donaldson's most popular titles including Tiddler…

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.

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