To get in to this particular Assembly venue, you go down a gorgeous avenue of red drapes that lead you into the black magic box where the Macaroni Puppet Show takes place.
The sound of trumpets that you’d hear in a cartoon and fabulous filmic music, along with a convincing Charlie Chaplin as compere, got this show in the gloriously glamorous Spiegeltent off to great start. They say give a dog a good or bad name and it sticks, but the theory did not work here as the momentum quickly got lost.
Making one’s way to Studio 2a at C Soco was like being in a scene from Flann O’ Brien’s book, The Third Policeman, where said officer had a private station in the walls of a building to save on the rates. You have to climb forgotten stairs, pass by walls saddened with the want of repair, creep along created corridors till you reach the almost secret performance space high in the building.
This play was billed as suitable for ages 7-77, so this review is a little different.
A very special place has been created at the Scottish Book Trust to host the latest production by award-winning Catherine Wheels theatre company, its first show aimed at children aged of 2 to 4 yea
The Pleasance Courtyard is well set up for the arrival of small children. There is a fenced off eating area with a play house, kitchen and tables and chairs, just the right size for wee people (along with some for bigger folk!).
Under the magic pink glow of Salon Speculaire’s half circus, half nightclub atmosphere (Spiegeltent in another life), the audience, of all ages, waited to the plip plop sound that signalled the arrival of Julien Cottereau on stage to perform in his award winning solo show, Imagine-toi.
The key to a great kids show is simply to create a great production that works on all levels and appeals to everyone regardless of the age bracket it's aimed at. Touring company Unpacked have achieved this admirably with Jumping Mouse, an energetic and fun-filled, hour-long show that's inspiring, entertaining and will capture the imagination of adults and small brats alike.
Going to see a show for children can be quite embarrassing and fearful. First you feel the embarrassment of being only one of the few adults there with no children, and secondly the fear that since this is a show for kids, you may be very bored.