City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh international Children's Festival


2013 Imaginate Festival, Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children

Chalk About

This year’s Imaginate Festival, Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people, runs from Monday 6 May to Mon

By the Seat of Your Pants, Traverse Theatre, Review

Plutôt la Vie is a Scottish touring theatre company, founded in 2003 by Tim Lacata and Ian Cameron. Both have trained with such clowning greats as Pierre Byland and Philippe Gaulier, who share the belief that acting is, ‘a child’s game played with great pleasure and dexterity that forms a rapport with the audience by speaking to their imagination.’

Mikey and Addie, Traverse Theatre, Review

Mikey and Addie publicity image

The set of this new production from Andy Manley, Rob Evans and macrobert, Mikey and Addie, looks like the inside a jewellery box with its black pedestals holding sparkly silver treasures.  The two bespectacled characters, dressed soberly yet daringly in combinations of yellow, maroon, grey and teal by the eye of Alison Brown that hint at their future link to each other sit at the edge of the stage. 

Kindur, Brunton Theatre, Review

Kindur (Imaginate Festival)

Audience participation is often an integral part of children’s theatre, but this performance took interaction to a whole new level, to the absolute delight of the younger members of the audience.

Sunflowers and Sheds, North Edinburgh Arts, Review

sunflowers and sheds

Dressed in flat cap and corduroys, the precise and tidy Frank (Luke Walker) inhabits the safe and ordered world of his allotment where part of his familiar routine is the highlight of reading the regular postcards from his daughter and grandson in Australia.  

Cloud Man, Church Hill Theatre, Review

Ailie Cohen - Cloud Man

Cloudia, the tweedy and anoraky cloud expert with her absent minded specs held together with a plaster, is already sitting on stage intently taking notes as the toddling audience takes its seats in the Church Hill Theatre Studio. Cloudia (Jen Edgar Ireland) is on a determined mission to find a Cloud Man, a shy elusive creature who lives in the clouds.

Paperbelle, Church Hill Theatre, Review

Frozen Charlotte Productions - Paperbelle

After queuing in the foyer of the Church Hill Theatre with the delights of Loopy Lorna’s tearoom luring in the background, the audience of nursery aged children go on another wee adventure round the corner in the rain to the Church Hill Theatre Studio.  Here we are invited to remove our coats and shoes and enter the incredible world of Paperbelle.

Titus, Traverse Theatre, Review

Titus Publicity shot

The Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival is only in its third day and already in full swing going by the buzz of lanyard wearing delegates in venues. Today’s performance of Titus, was originally written by award winning Belgian writer Jan Sobrie, and is considered one of Europe's most successful plays for young people (recommended age is 11+ years).  Small wonder.

Rumpelstiltskin, Brunton Theatre, Review

Stella den Haag Rumpelstiltskin

Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre was an apt venue for this re-telling of the dark tale from the Brothers Grimm that has been set in a place called Scallop Street and refers to a Mussel Beach.

Get Them on the Stage Young

Kindur (Imaginate Festival)

With the Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival on for the week children and adults are tasting a good range of live performance (such as the show pictured, Kindur, which is told from the perspective of Icelandic sheep).