Big Red Bath & The Snow Dog children's theatre shows set for 2014 Festival Fringe
Double helping of imaginative fun for kids by Full House Theatre to include a live husky on stage
This article is from 2014.
Full House Theatre has been devising family theatre for more than ten years, and this year it’s bringing illustrated children’s book Big Red Bath to the stage. Over the last decade, Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds’ book has become a modern classic with young readers, and was an obvious choice for adaptation.
‘We wanted to work with a local author and Julia hails from Bedfordshire too,’ explains co-creative director, Ben Miles. ‘All children love bath time, making up stories and playing with their parents. The book conjured up so many of our own childhood memories of bath-time fun we were able to connect with it instantly and felt very inspired from the get go.’
The music in the production is composed by French electro-pop outfit We Were Evergreen, who Miles first encountered at South Wales’ Green Man Festival two years ago. ‘We Were Evergreen have never created work for children before,’ he says, ‘but their sound does have an innocence and naivety to it which we thought could work. Their variety of electro beats and melodic rhythms are great for helping define characters and create the magical mayhem that ensues in the bath.’
Part of Escalator East to Edinburgh, Big Red Bath is directed by Chris Elwell from London’s Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. It will alternate its Pleasance slot with another Full House Theatre production, The Snow Dog, a sensitive exploration of childhood bereavement which features a live husky on stage. ‘Having the dog in the show is amazing,’ says Miles. ‘Huskies do have a special appeal to young audiences. Wherever he goes, he gets attention – it must be the ice-blue eyes and his soft fluffy coat, which gets everywhere.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, (Big Red Bath) 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 Aug, 11am, £8--£10 (£7--£9). Preview 31 Jul, £6; (The Snow Dog) 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 Aug, 11am, £8--£10 (£7--£9). Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £6.