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Some of the best comedy in the The pick of the best kids shows in the first week of the Fringe, in our Fringe’s first week. Written by: handy chronological guide Brian Donaldson
10AM 9AM THE RED SHOES JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS theSpace on Niddry Street, 4–19 King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 6– Aug (not 6, 13), 9am & 9.35am, £8 Sat 10 Jun, edtheatres.com/kings (£6). Modern interpretation of the Mathew Bourne’s highly acclaimed classic Greek myth, in which Jason new dance production, based on assembles a crew of misfits and the classic 1948 film. See our 5 star outcasts to battle his way across the review, page ??. seas. Performed by Take Thou That, back at the Edinburgh Fringe after MILONGA Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue their hugely enjoyable 2016 show. 13 & Wed 14 Jun, edtheatres.com/ festival Celebrated choreographer 10AM Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui presents a piece inspired by the late-night milonga BAMBINO The Edinburgh Academy, 8–20 scene in the intimate bars of Buenos Aug (not 14), 10am & 11.30am, Aires. See preview, page ??. £12 (additional adult £7). Scottish Opera’s new opera for babies SURGE Merchant City, Glasgow, Fri 28– aged 6–18 months, follows the tale Sun 30 Jul, surge.scot A festival of a young bird leaving the nest, performed by soprano, baritone, cello dedicated to physical performance, and percussion. incorporating outdoor, site-specific events for all ages and indoor showcases of performance art. DR ZEIFFAL, DR ZEIGAL AND Workshops and masterclasses are THE HIPPO THAT CAN NEVER also provided for those wanting to BE CAUGHT Assembly Roxy, 5–28 Aug (not 15, develop their talents. 22), 10.15am, £7–£8. Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £5. Join Dr Zeiffal on the hunt BARD IN THE BOTANICS Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Wed for the hippo that eludes capture, 21–Sat 29 Jul, bardinthebotanics. featuring the Invisible Hippo Blanket, co.uk Botanics’ fresh take on
Shakespeare featuring female the Hippo Google Googles and a blizzard of Hippo packaging. performers. With performances of Taming of the Shrew?, Timon of Athens and Queen Lear. JIHAN’S SMILE Summerhall, 4–13 Aug (not 7), 10.15am, £12 (£10). Previews 2 & FLAMENCO DEL FUEGO La Bodega Tapas Bar, Sat 3 Jun, 3 Aug, £8. Young Jihan wakes one labodegaglasgow.com An evening of day to discover she’s lost her smile. Andalucian passion with performances So the people of her town go on from international flamenco guitarist a journey to search for it, because Andrew Robinson, singer Danielo when she smiles the sun will rise, Olivera and the rhythmic footwork and the moon will shine, the stars will expressive choreography of El Fuego dance and joy will return to the town. de la Noche. Performed by Palestinian group Al- Harah. 11AM THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–28 Aug HE RED SHOES King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 6– (not 14), 10.20am, £9.50–£11.50 Sat 10 Jun, edtheatres.com/kings (£8.50–£10.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7. One hot summer’s day, four Mathew Bourne’s highly acclaimed new dance production, based on million wasps invade the quiet village the classic 1948 film. See our 5 star of Itching Down. Noisy, nasty and review, page ??. worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting. That is until the baker has an ingenious idea, in this adaptation of MILONGA Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue the popular picture book. 13 & Wed 14 Jun, edtheatres.com/ festival Celebrated choreographer THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD Pleasance Courtyard, 6–20 Aug Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui presents a piece (not 5, 9, 16), 10.30am, £9.50– inspired by the late-night milonga £11.50 (£8.50–£10.50). Previews scene in the intimate bars of Buenos 2–4 Aug, £7. See Tall Stories feature, Aires. See preview, page ??. page 89. SURGE Merchant City, Glasgow, Fri 28– THE TALE OF THE COCKATRICE Sun 30 Jul, surge.scot A festival Venue 13, 5-26 Aug (not 14), 10.30am, £9 (£7). Deep in the vaults dedicated to physical performance, incorporating outdoor, site-specific
events for all ages and indoor of an ancient priory, a deadly creature awakens and bold knights flee in showcases of performance art. terror. Can a humble nun defeat the Workshops and masterclasses are beast? Find out as two storytellers also provided for those wanting to use puppetry, live music and develop their talents. tomfoolery to bring this fable to life. BARD IN THE BOTANICS Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Wed THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF 21–Sat 29 Jul, bardinthebotanics. LAPIN Scottish Storytelling Centre, 4–27 co.uk Botanics’ fresh take on Aug (not 16–18, 21–25), 10.30am, Shakespeare featuring female £8. Preview 3 Aug, £6 (£4). Bilingual performers. With performances of Taming of the Shrew?, Timon of Athens performance for very young children, and Queen Lear. in which Lapin the French rabbit enters the world’s tastiest carrot competition. FLAMENCO DEL FUEGO La Bodega Tapas Bar, Sat 3 Jun, labodegaglasgow.com An evening of A STRANGE NEW SPACE Summerhall, 4–27 Aug (not 7, 14, Andalucian passion with performances 21), 10.45am, £8 (£6). Previews from international flamenco guitarist 2 & 3 Aug, £5 (£3.50–£4). Amira is Andrew Robinson, singer Danielo Olivera and the rhythmic footwork and obsessed with space, and dreams expressive choreography of El Fuego of becoming an astronaut. Then one de la Noche. night she has to pack her bag for the intergalactic trip she’s been waiting for in this highly physical show for THE LIONS OF LISBON Celtic Park, Tue 6 & Wed 7 Jun, the whole family using puppetry and celticfc.net Ian Auld and Willy Maley’s original music. play about a group of Celtic supporters who head to Lisbon in 1967 for the HOW TO BE A KID European Cup. See caption, page 91. MODERN BALLET GRADUATION 11AM PERFORMANCE Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, CALVINBALL Royal Botanic Garden, 5–27 Aug Thu 8–Sat 10 Jun, rcs.ac.uk (not 8, 15, 22), 11am, 2pm & 3pm, Showcase from final year students on £5. Ipdip Theatre, the company the Conservatoire’s BA Modern Ballet Programme, run in conjunction with
THE TALES OF PETER RABBIT AND JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK NAME HERE Over 100 years since Beatrix Potter penned her charming tales about a mischievous rabbit and too-trusting duck, Some of the best comedy in the Fringe’s first week. Written by: Brian Donaldson Some of the best comedy in the the stories are still going strong and entertaining new readers and audiences. This latest production, written by composer Stephen McNeff and performed by the Children’s Classic Concerts Festival Ensemble and award- Fringe’s first week. Written by: Brian Donaldson Some of the best comedy in the Fringe’s first week. Written by: winning soprano and actress Michelle Todd, is a charming introduction to classical music for children aged 3-10. Brian Donaldson Some of the best comedy in the Fringe’s first week. Written by: Brian Donaldson. Donaldson Some Underbelly Circus Hub, 6–26 Aug (not 14), noon, £11–£12 (£10–£11). Preview 5 Aug, £7. of the best comedy in the Fringe’s first week. Written by: Brian Donaldson 90 THE LIST FESTIVAL 3–10 Aug 2017
Scottish Ballet. See preview, page ??. behind the hugely popular Head in the Clouds, returns to the Fringe – and the Botanic Garden – with CASABLANCA Òran Mór, Fri 7–Sun 23 Jul, oran- this show for little ones under five, mor.co.uk Gavin Mitchell stars in this inspired by the game played by Calvin and Hobbes. adaptation of the classic film. GOBLIN’S PETER AND LA CAGE AUX FOLLES King’s Theatre, Tue 25–Sat 29 Jul, THE WOLF atgtickets.com/venues/kings- Assembly George Square, 5–17 theatre Bill Kenwright’s production Aug, 11am, £7–£8. Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £5. Multi-instrumental sees Eastenders’ star John Partridge take on the role of Albin alongside live music, comedy and puppetry Broadway actor Adrian Zmed as combine in this new show from Georges in this witty musical number acclaimed company Goblin. about drag artists and family values, Join Peter on an adventure through in which the characters are forced to the fields and forest as he discovers cover up their vibrant lifestyle. new sounds and noises, with singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, a rocking wolf and music PROJECT Y Platform, Sat 29 Jul, tramway.org lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s YDance, Scotland’s national youth classic. dance organisation, presents four new contemporary dance works MAVIS SPARKLE Pleasance Courtyard, 5–20 Aug, from choreographers Alan Greig, 11am, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£9). Hagi Yakira, Steven Martin and Theo Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. With a Clinkard. magician for a Dad and a stargazer for a Mum, there’s more to Mavis PAISLEY INTERNATIONAL than meets the eye. With a little TANGO FESTIVAL Thomas Coats Memorial Church, help from her cheeky cuckoo clock, Fri 25–Sun 27 Aug, coatsmemorial. mischievous mop bucket and Spike org.uk Tango dance festival held the hedgehog, will she find the over three days, with workshops, courage to journey north and see performances and parties. nature’s biggest light show with her own eyes? LA BOHEME Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Thu 1– THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF Sat 10 Jun, eif.co.uk Puccini’s tale of EUROPE (MORE OR LESS) C, 2-28 Aug, 11.15am, £7.50–£9.50 young Bohemians in love.Also touring, (£5.50–£7.50). This interactive family see list.co.uk/theatre for details. adventure runs headlong through 5000 years of European history to GLORY ON EARTH Royal Lyceum Theatre, Thu 1–Sat give audiences a crazy, yet pretty 10 Jun, David Greig directs Linda accurate, overview of the past that Maclean’s story which re-imagines shaped it, using increasingly silly the historic meetings between Mary costumes, wigs and accents. Queen of Scots and John Knox. THE AMAZING BUBBLE MAN Underbelly George Square, 5–28 SHACKLETON Traverse Theatre, Wed 7–Sat 9 Jun, Aug, 11.30am, £11–£12 (£8–£9). traverse.co.uk Blue Raincoat Theatre Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £7. Louis present the story of Shackleton and his Pearl has been thrilling audiences voyage on the Endurance. Also Tron worldwide for over 30 years with Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 14–Sat 17 Jun, the art, magic, science and fun tron.co.uk of bubbles. Here he combines comedy and artistry with audience Douglas Community & Library participation, accompanied by live Centre, Thu 1 Jun, dundeecity. music from Jet Black Pearl. gov.uk/communitycentres/ douglascentre Arturo Ui is a witty THE SHOWSTOPPERS’ KIDS and savage parable of the rise of Hitler SHOW Pleasance Courtyard, 5–20 Aug, – recast by Brecht into a small-time 11.40am, £8.50–£10 (£7.50–£8.50). Chicago gangster’s takeover of the Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. Fringe city’s greengrocery trade. favourites and Olivier Award-winning improvisers, The Showstoppers, take kids’ ideas and transform them on the spot into interactive musical adventures. Kids (and only kids) decide who the cast meet and where they go, building a tailor-made show from their imaginations.