Pat Silver’s Five Children’s Shows to See at Edfringe 2019








Children’s theatre maker and reviewer for FringeReview Pat Silver shares her five recommended choices for Children’s Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019…

Switch Witchetty’s Almanac of Everything, theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, 13:25 – a daring adventure to determine the next king of the kingdom – Theatre (musical theatre, new writing)

“The Almanac has been destroyed. Stories of inconvenient love, outrageous adventure and implausible piracy could be lost forever, unless Switch Witchetty (an ambitious fool) can chronicle every story ever told. This Australian production turns original stories into folklore with music, mayhem and ordinary bed sheets. On his quest to complete the Almanac, Switch hears stories such as An Extraordinary Boulder, The Ghastly Little Girl and The Grimacing Ghost and How to Keep an Island in Your Pocket. When the kingdom needs a storyteller, Switch must choose – hero or fool? The adventure continues at


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Blizzard, Assembly Hall, 16:25 – astonishing circus feats set in the Canadian north

“What if winter has taken over? With Blizzard, Flip Fabrique take you on a crazy, poetic and gentle journey in the dead of winter, and invite you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder. With performers at the peak of their art, and outstanding visual poetry, Blizzard promises to blow away everything in its path.”


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Islander 10 am, Summerhall – a young girl struggles to stay on her remote Scottish Island – Theatre and music using live looping for a cappella

Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever. Epic storytelling, intimately staged with a contemporary Scottish folk-inspired score. The cast live-record and layer their voices to create an ethereal adventure for the ears and imagination. ‘Superb’ (Herald). ‘Lush, harmonic voices’ (List). ‘A real treat of a production’ ( Originally developed in association with Comar. Part of the Made in Scotland 2019 showcase.

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The I Hate Children Children’s Show, theSpace @Surgeon’s Hall, 12:10 – perennial favourite comedy and magic

“Magic for teens, tweens and hot soccer mums. Be a hero and bring your kids to the only children’s show that not only allows you to drink but encourages it… In fact, we pour champagne for mums at the beginning of every show. So slip some whiskey in your flask and pack up the kids because you’re in for a wild ride.”

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I’ll Take You to Mrs. Cole!, Pleasance Courtyard, 13:45 – physical theatre with music and animation

“It’s 1981 and ska music pulses. Young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world while Mum longs to return home to Barbados. When Jedi battles and forest adventures go too far, will Mum resort to the scariest threat of all? Accompanied by an original soundtrack and stunning video animation. A Complicité and Polka Theatre Co-Production. Directed by Complicité Associate Catherine Alexander. Based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman. ‘A new Complicité show… is a ticket to another world’ (Time Out) ‘Arguably the country’s best theatre company’ (Times)”

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