Dean Friedman set to bring four shows to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1970s pop icon who’s down with the kids returns with new series of musical sing-along performances and concert of his own songs for his tenth visit to the festival
This article is from 2014.
‘I'm pretty sure every songwriter with kids finds themselves humming silly melodies to distract themselves – and keep their kids from wiggling off the table – while changing nappies. That's how my first kids’ songs came about,’ says Dean Friedman.
The American songwriter – may be better known as the man behind a handlebar moustache and piano on Top of the Pops during the 1970s, singing his hits ‘Lucky Stars’ and ‘Ariel’ – is explaining why he switched from entertaining adults to writing shows for kids.
‘Kids are a perfect audience; they have no preconceptions – they just want to be entertained,’ says Friedman. ‘At the same time their attention span is about two seconds long, so you have to retain total focus to keep their attention and work a bit harder. But it's always worth the extra effort.’
This is Friedman’s tenth visit to the Fringe, and he’s bringing four shows – two children’s musicals and a sing-along, plus a concert of his own songs.
‘Kids are constantly being reminded to behave, so when they see a grown-up make a stupid mistake, they think it's hilarious,’ he says. ‘They're more clever than grown-ups give them credit for and always appreciate my relentlessly silly puns. The sillier the better.’
Sweet Grassmarket, 243 3596, 31 Jul--24 Aug (not 18–22), 10.30am (Smarty Pants), 1.30pm (Smelly Feet), £8 (£5; family ticket £20); 17, 24 Aug (Dean’s Silly Song Sing-Along), 3pm, £10 (£7.50; family ticket £30).