Pirate Gran (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Pirate Gran

Swashbuckling, all-action adaptation of Geraldine Durrant and Rose Forshall’s book at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Nothing spells success like putting either a dinosaur or a pirate in your Fringe kid's show, and while this doesn’t have the latter it does boast Nippy, the finest life-sized puppet crocodile in all of Edinburgh.

It also happens to be produced by Scamp Theatre, the highly-regarded producers of successful versions of Julia Donaldson's books Stick Man and Tiddler, and their strong reputation will continue on the back of a high-quality and dynamic adaptation of Geraldine Durrant and Rose Forshall’s book which has most things a show for youngsters might require.

There’s action and adventure, as a family of pirates led by Gran set sail for the Pirate Games, where cannonball throwing (into the crowd), rhythmic gymnastics and crocodile racing are among the events on offer. On the way there’s a stop for some playing in the living room and a spot of dinner in the kitchen, all-action and acrobatic events, and an atmospherically realised sail voyage by night through storm-blown sheets.

Director Pieter Lawman and the company pitch the show perfectly between the physical and the spoken, and at the core of the show is a heart-warming message about being a brave pirate. Being one, we’re told, isn’t all plain sailing, but the least you can do is approach it with the same sense of fun and wonder as this show.

Underbelly Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug (not 13), 11.30am, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Pirate Gran

  • 4 stars
  • Directed by: Pieter Lawman
  • Written by: Geraldine Durrant

You'd never know Gran was a pirate – until you need her most! Based on Geraldine Durrant & Rose Forshall's Pirate Gran series.