Duckie (3 stars)

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Cabaret performer Le Gateau Chocolat performs his first work for children. Set in an animal circus, Duckie follows an outsider duck on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.

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Le Gateau Chocolat

Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self acceptance at its core. Family-friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a classic tale of identity and belonging. Set in an animal circus, we join him on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions of the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths.

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Le Gateau Chocolat: 'We are all, or would like to be, humans just being'

11 Aug 2018

Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo on the growth of drag and whether it's now part of the mainstream

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5 Aug 20183 stars

Le Gateau Chocolat's first foray into children's theatre

The heart and soul are both there in Le Gateau Chocolat's updating of the story of the ugly duckling, told with a plummy voiceover moderated by the cabaret star's own impressive vocals and stage presence. The telling, however, leaves a lot to be…

Best kids shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

31 Jul 2018

Highlights include MamaBabaMe, Duckie and Stoel

Although the Fringe can seem like it's a bit of an adult's only playground, there are also plenty of shows aimed at kids hiding beneath the swearwords and risqué cabaret. Edinburgh's Southside venues, Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO, have an especially...

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