Children's Shows

Children's shows

Julia Donaldson, the current Children’s Laureate, writes simply magical books for children.

In 2011 Tucked In, ‘an award winning theatre company who create epic stories for tiny giants,' performed Tim and Light, and so enthralled my daughter that she voted it the best of the 20-or-s

If there were one subject I wish I knew more about, it would be Greek Mythology. All of those ancient Gods and Titans. Heroes and villains. It sounds fantastic! But where do you start?

With its timeless appeal and loved by  children all over the world, everyone knows the story of Peter and the Wolf, the words and music constructed as a child’s introduction to the orchestra written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936.

There are any number of shows at the Fringe designed specifically for children, but very few are performed by young people themselves. Newbury Youth Theatre (NYT), founded over 28 years ago for young people aged between 14 and 21 years, returns to the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe for the 16th consecutive year.

The Famous Spiegeltent takes on a different atmosphere in daylight.  Gone is the night club cabaret vibe and instead there is the quieter magic of a mirrored circus tent with a wooden floor instead of sawdust.  It is the venue for the delightful children’s show The Boy and the Bunnet, that has been written by author and proponent of the Scots language, James Robertson, with music composed by traditional Scots musician, James Ross. 

Developing language is what most of us spent the first several years of our life devoting a fair amount of time to.

Rumour has it that big, bad American magician Paul Nathan lost a bet, the forfeit was to do a show for children – and the I Hate Children Children’s Show was born.

Backhand Theatre Company was founded in 2010, creating Greek Myths For Kids in their first season of new writing for the Edinburgh Fringe. Beginning with a lively introduction that explained what Greek myths are all about - stories from more than two thousand years ago concerning mortal heroes and the gods that the Greeks believed lived on Mount Olympus - we were then treated to a dash through four of the most well known, by three talented performers.

It is 200 years since the birth of Edward Lear, the fabulous Bard of Nonsense, who popularised the limerick and invented fantastically ridiculous words and rhymes.