In which monsters, Parisian rabbits and red balloons all make appearances
Puppets may, in most cases, be directed at children but they can be just as entertaining for the whole family too. We've rounded up some of the puppet-related shows we're most looking forward to this August.
The Wonderful World pf Lapin
A bilingual delight as Tania arrives from Paris to attend The World's Tastiest Carrot competition. Only problem is that her animal chums are desperate for a taste of her prize vegetable. The Wonderful World pf Lapin, Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, 0131 556 9579, 4–15, 19 & 20, 26 & 27 Aug, 10.30am, £8 (£6; family ticket £24). Preview 3 Aug, £6 (£4; family ticket £16).
The Tale of the Cockatrice
credit: Eleanor Kelly Mumblecrust Theatre and Peafrog Puppetry bring us the story of a brave nun attempting to defeat a hideous monster. The Tale of the Cockatrice, Venue 13, Canongate, 07074 201313, 5–26 Aug (not 14), 10.30am, £9 (£7).
A Strange New Space
Tessa Bide is back after charming us in 2015 with The Tap Dancing Mermaid, this time exploring an imaginary journey into the outer limits. A Strange New Space, Summerhall, 0131 560 1581, 4–27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 10.45am, £8 (£6; family ticket £20). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £5 (£4; family ticket £14).
Goblin's Peter and the Wolf
Peter and grandad have gone camping for the weekend and when grandad tries to get Peter to stay in the campsite, you know the lad will have other ideas. A musical adventure about kindness. Goblin's Peter and the Wolf, Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, 0131 623 3030, 5–17 Aug, 11am, £7–£8. Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £5.
The Backyard Story
As part of the Taiwan Season, this Puppet Beings Theatre show features a red balloon breathing life into some clothes that have been left out on the line to dry The Backyard Story, Summerhall, 0131 560 1581, 4–27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 11.45am, £10. Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £6.
Amira is obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an astronaut. One night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. Amira has to pack her bag for the intergalactic trip that she’s been waiting for… A Strange New Space is an imaginary voyage…
Puppet Beings Theatre
Let your imagination run as the jackets, shirts, dresses and trousers make friends and form relationships, reflecting those between parents, children and others. When you get home, can you make your clothes come to life like this? Taiwan’s first black-light object theatre company, Puppet Beings…