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New theatre show The Voice Thief explores female voices for the over-9s

22 Oct 2014

Promenade performance at Summerhall takes audience on an adventure through eight rooms at the venue

Got a troublesome daughter? A wife or girlfriend who speaks her mind a little too freely? A sister who won’t shut up? Venture along to Summerhall this November, and for a small fee the annoying female in your life can be rendered speechless. It’s a…

Historical storytelling for all ages with Andy Cannon's Tales of a Grandson

22 Oct 2014

Interactive performance exploring Scottish history with live music and dancers for the over-6s

There’s no shortage of vibrant stories, characters and places in Scottish history, but remembering who did what to whom, where and what fashions of the day they were wearing at the time, is a struggle for most of us. Happily, one of Scotland’s…

Free monthly craft workshop Art Maker! for kids and parents alike

19 Sep 2014

Scottish National Gallery provides art materials and inspirational workshop setting

‘What a great place to hold an art workshop,’ said the Canadian man to his young son, as they both looked around the space. The young boy nodded before returning to the task at hand, the serious job of sticking his cabbages in the right place. The pair…

Emily Brown and the Thing

3 Aug 20145 stars

Slick storybook adaptation with a big heart

Emily Brown had successfully completed two adventures when the little boy sitting next to me turned to his mum. ‘I wish there was another adventure,’ he said longingly. ‘There is,’ replied mum, ‘she goes on three’. The look of glee on his face, when he…

Interview: balletLORENT's Liv Lorent discusses new family-friendly production Rapunzel

16 Sep 2014

Collaborators include Carol Ann Duffy and creatives from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who

Despite the often brutal content in the original texts, fairytales aren’t known for their adult appeal. But why restrict them to bedtime stories and Disney films, when tales such as those written by the Brothers Grimm have so much to say about life?

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Give your kids the chance to get creative through dance and drawing Tramway Family Day: Art Tracks

16 Sep 2014

'The event will allow children to explore natural materials, animal movement and sound'

There aren’t many cultural venues where the outside is as filled with potential as the inside. But with its abundance of treasures, Tramway – and the Hidden Gardens behind it – is perfectly placed to help children explore nature creatively. The latest…

Julia Donaldson, James Robertson (trans.) - Room on the Broom in Scots

27 Aug 20144 stars

An already engaging and exciting story becomes even more theatrical when ‘performed’ in a new tongue

The winning combination of Julia Donaldson’s stories and Axel Scheffler’s illustrations has seen their picture books grace the shelves and bedside tables of children the world over. As such, it’s a formula you don’t want to mess with without due…

Once Upon a Nightmare

18 Aug 20143 stars

Dynamic adventure play in need of streamlining at Edinburgh Festival Free Fringe

Although there is much to enjoy in this fantasy adventure from Box Step Productions, including some fine performances, there is one over-riding problem with Once Upon a Nightmare – it wants to be a film. It came as no surprise to discover, after…

Land of the Dragon: Gwlad y Ddraig

18 Aug 20144 stars

Imaginative and dramatic retelling of Welsh folk tale at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

You only have to look around the audience at PuppetSoup’s engaging show to see that it works for all-comers. From toddlers through to grown-ups (many of them there without a young companion), there is enough here to entertain any age. This is, in…

Potted Sherlock

9 Aug 20145 stars

A riotous romp through Conan Doyle’s back catalogue

For over 100 years, Sherlock Holmes has been entertaining readers with his fierce intelligence, interesting caseload and slightly maverick approach. So anyone attempting to encapsulate all 60 of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes tales (the four biggies, plus…

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Decomposed! My Brother's Turning into a Zombie

9 Aug 20144 stars

Funny, horror-themed kids' classical music show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Finding a way in to classical music for children is an endless challenge. The misconception that it’s boring and meant exclusively for old people is a genuine hurdle the genre has to leap. So it’s refreshing to find the Classical Mayhem company…

Chalk About

9 Aug 20143 stars

Children's Fringe show full of dusty dancing explores who we are

A stage floor covered in chalk drawings greets us as we enter the theatre. An image bank that grows by the second, as our hosts Christine and Hendrik continually draw around themselves – asking audience members to help in their pursuit. It’s clear…

Our Teacher is a Troll

9 Aug 20144 stars

Fantastic performances bring Dennis Kelly's book to life at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

There’s some very clever wordplay in Dennis Kelly’s book, Our Teacher is a Troll (as you might expect from the writer of Matilda the Musical) – so it takes some equally clever staging to flip it from page to stage. Happily, this co-production from…

Otiz Cannelloni’s History of Magic - Abridged

5 Aug 20143 stars

Witty guide to the magician’s craft for children at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

Attending Otiz Cannelloni ’s Fringe show, is like sitting in the garden/living room/church hall of a children’s birthday party. While this may sound more like a complaint than a compliment, it’s meant in the nicest possible way. Cannelloni’s laid back…

The Comedy of Errors

4 Aug 20143 stars

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present take on Shakespeare with broad appeal

Finding new and exciting ways to deliver Shakespeare to children is a challenging, but by no means impossible, task. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is making a speciality of it, after last year’s superb Romeo & Juliet, and now that farcical tale of…

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The Fantastical Story Factory

4 Aug 20143 stars

Improvised cleverness and musical fun at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

It’s impossible not to marvel at the talent and skill that goes into an improvised musical. The ability to piece together a rhyming couplet in your head at a moment’s notice, lock into your colleague’s on-the-spot harmony, and synchronise jazz hands and…

Musical Mornings With Mil’s Trills

2 Aug 20144 stars

Gentle introduction to the world of music

As adults going to live music shows, we have countless opportunities to hear strong vocals, consummate musicianship and original material. Younger audiences, however, seem destined to be fed an endless diet of recorded music and age-old rhymes. But not…

The Cat in the Hat children's theatre show brings classic character to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

Dr. Seuss's famous feline climbs on stage in a delightful production for adults and children alike

With his red bow tie and tall stripy hat, few children’s book characters are as iconic as the Cat in the Hat. Written in 1957 by Dr Seuss (aka American writer Theodor Geisel), the story is precious to generations of readers – requiring a sensitivity on…

Children's dance show Chalk About visits 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

Playful yet profound dance show inspired by conversations with children

Adults spend a lot of time assuming they know what children want. So it’s refreshing to hear that choreographer Christine Devaney and her creative partner Hendrik Lebon took the time to ask children about their latest show, Chalk About. A playful yet…

Red Riding Hood children's theatre show visits 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

New spin on an old yarn as fairytale is reinvented through puppetry, masks and video projection

We all know the tale of the wee girl in the red cape, and the wolf with a penchant for dressing up. Or rather, we think we do. But as puppetry company Horse + Bamboo discovered, there’s more than one way to tell a classic. ‘It’s easy to think of…

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Two children's puppetry shows featuring Pips And Panda run during 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

Puppetry combining computer animation and UV to bring style up-to-date for the electronic generation

There aren’t many children’s theatre companies who can claim to have entertained three generations of the same family. But if, like Purves Puppets, you’ve been treading the boards for 40 years, inevitably some of your earliest audiences will produce…

Stage adaptation of children's book Emily Brown And The Thing visits 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

Tall Stories bring bedtime favourite to life through catchy songs and dynamic physical storytelling

From The Gruffalo to The Snail and the Whale, Tall Stories can often be found turning the pages of a book into a show. Next stop on their list of popular picture books is Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton’s <a…

Children's show Musical Mornings with Mil’s Trills set for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

New York songwriter Amelia Robinson on her show that introduces music and instruments to all ages

If helping your little one discover the joy of music and language is high on your list of priorities, but one more rendition of ‘Wheels on the Bus’ might tip you over the edge, then a refreshing wind is blowing in from New York. Singer and songwriter…

Scotch Hoppers brings the simple joy of outdoor play to Merchant City Festival 2014

11 Jul 2014

‘The fact that we can close a city street for 10 days and have people playing in it is powerful'

In an era when having the latest iPhone is top priority for many children, it’s hard to imagine that a piece of string and a stick of chalk ever passed muster. Yet whiling away the afternoon playing hop scotch / peevers / beds (whatever you called it…

The Spokesmen

11 Jun 20144 stars

Visible Fictions' bike-based theatre show is a remarkably silly, thoroughly enjoyable hour

You look for your row, find your seat and sit down – that’s your average theatre experience. But in this special year of sporting activity, Glasgow-based theatre company Visible Fictions has come up with an entirely new way to enjoy drama. You still…