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Edinburgh International Children’s Festival includes new show from Catherine Wheels and National Theatre of Scotland


By Irene Brown - Posted on 22 February 2018

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A co-production from award winning Lothian based children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels and the National Theatre of Scotland, that begins a tour of Scotland early May, will form part of this year’s Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (EICF) programme.

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters is an interactive show for 8-13 year olds, that explores grieving through the eyes of a child using songs and humour. It centres around the Slumber Sisters, an all-singing trio whose job it is to monitor dreams and ensure they remain healthy and safe. Eddie soon catches their attention. She might be quiet and reserved by day but since her Gran died, her dreams have become increasingly wild and chaotic. Time for the Slumber Sisters to intervene.

The show will run at Edinburgh’s Southside Community Centre from 30 May – 3 June and features a specially adapted relaxed performance aimed at children on the autistic spectrum or with sensory or communication disorders.

Catherine Wheels’ Artistic Director, Gill Robertson, said, “We’re really excited to be working with the National Theatre of Scotland and bringing our new show to audiences at the prestigious Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. Eddie is the 14th production we’ve performed at the festival and it’s wonderful to be showcased on this key international platform amongst outstanding talent.”

EICF, that runs from 26 May – 3 June 2018, brings some of the world’s best theatre, dance, multi-media and puppetry specifically made for young people for the nine days of its annual festival. The full Festival programme will be announced and go on sale to the public on 22 March and will be available on www.imaginate.org.uk.