I’m so excited for the festival this year and I am delighted that the team have been invited to review so many great shows. I’ve really enjoyed doing this in previous years and sharing our experiences – to have Kate and Caroline on board this year is just brilliant.

I thought I’d take a minute before we start reviewing shows in earnest to give you a glimpse of what we’re planning to attend and a few other recommendations (and promo codes!) along the way:

Kika’s Birthday

Pleasance Courtyard (venue BESIDE) from 1-13 August at 11.30.

Kika, a little French mouse, is going to be 5 years old! Her family has planned a birthday surprise, with friends, songs and a grasshopper band. But who is that with his twitchy tail and shining eyes watching them closely? It’s the Bright Orange Cat. Will he join the party, make some new friends and share some birthday cake, or does he have something else in mind?

Audiences are asked to help the family of mice bake a special birthday cake for Kika and share some of the cake. This fun, interactive, evocative family show helps audiences look at the perception of ‘outsiders’ and how people react to them. Kika’s Birthday is suitable for children age 3-8 and their families.

The Amazing Bubble Man

Underbelly, George Square from 2-27 August at 13:30.

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out there for the last 11 years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square bubbles to rocket bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.

Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall

– Assembly George Square Gardens (venue Palais du Variete) 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 August at 11:00.

Australian ex-pat, London-based Artist/Producer/DJ/Performer and mumtrepreneur, Monski Mouse has been globetrotting her sell out hit show, Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall for the last seven years, and this August its Edinburgh’s turn again for a twirl around her very special dance-floor! You can find our review from last year’s show but also hope to see you on the dance floor!

Kaput

Assembly George Square Gardens (venue Piccolo) from 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-26 August at 13:30.

Straight from the producers mouth:

The show we’re putting on is a silent slapstick acrobatic comedy perfect for young and old (it started as a comedy show and because the grown ups would see it and bring their kids back – much to our delight they all LOVED it – so we put it in the family section of this year’s Ed Fringe.

Starring the larger-than-life, elegant buffoon Tom Flanagan, Kaput is slapstick and silent clowning at its absolute finest. Watch the hapless romantic projectionist take one step forward and two steps back in this beautifully poignant silent movie-esque debacle that pays homage to the greats, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

ALSO – for Edinburgh Life with Kids readers…

The code for 2 for 1 tickets if you book in the opening weekend 2-5 Aug through Assembly Festival’s site: ACCESS

Chores

Assembly George Square Gardens (venue Piccolo) from 2-12, 14-19, 21-26 August at 12:00.

Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, Mother’s alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Assembly Rooms (venue Front Room) from 2-25 August at 10:30.

Based on the best-selling series of books by Laura Numeroff, this fast-paced, comedic adaptation embraces the joys of parenting – as told through the eyes of a child and a surprise encounter from a hyper, hungry mouse asking for a cookie, setting off a chain of events leaving behind a massive mess and a ragged boy. Karma? With plenty of audience participation, there will be giggles from the kids and sighs of relief from parents not responsible for the clean-up. If anyone offers to help – they get a cookie!

Hope to include some news from backstage on this one soon! Eeek!

Shouty Arthur

– theSpace @ Surgeons Hall from 3-7 August at 10:35.

Arthur is on a shouty adventure! With funny songs and exciting puppetry, Arthur learns how to be himself (and find the right time for shouting!). Based on the much-loved children’s book by Angie Morgan and adapted for the stage by Chris Walker. Grapple Theatre return to the Fringe bringing their high-energy, charming performance which is guaranteed to enchant young and old.

David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm

– Debating Hall, Gilded Balloon, Teviot from 1 – 19 August at 11:30.

ANiMALCOLM combines physical performances with enchanting music, puppetry and a gloriously funny script by Adam Fletcher-Forde. This musical comedy for children and grown-ups, features Malcolm, a young boy who does not like animals, which is a problem as the family home is full of pets. Malcom really wants a new laptop for his birthday but instead he gets a pet chinchilla and a ticket for the annual three-day school trip to a farm… full of animals. During the most bizarre weekend adventure, Malcolm learns at close hand what it’s like to be an animal and starts to appreciate just how amazing animals really are. He also learns that sometimes it is hard to become yourself.

Charlie Baker Presents: The Greatest Goat of All Time

Assembly George Square Gardens (venue Piccolo) from 2-20, 22-26 August at 15:00.

World premiere of this fresh, funny, fantastical story starring award-winning comedian, singer and dancer Charlie Baker (Harry Hill’s Tea Time, Dog Ate My Homework, Doctor Who) and BAFTA-winning CBBC Class Dismissed actress Sam Battersea. Live clip-clop hip-hop soundtrack accompanies our hero on her journey from 0-100% confidence with her magically tuneful farmyard friend. Jokes! Songs! A goat! (plastic). Smiles! (Not plastic). Suitable for ages 7-107.

Signor Baffo’s Restaurant

– The Principal (George Street) from 2-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-27 August at 11:00

There’s chaos in the kitchen when Signor Baffo’s left in charge! How do you make a chicken lay an egg? And how exactly does a sausage roll? Expect plates full of fun, with generous helpings of silliness and mischief as all is revealed in the charming culinary chaos of Signor Baffo’s kitchen. ‘A clever script, simple plot and superb clowning and slapstick ensure a young audience is enthralled’ (RemoteGoat.com). ‘I don’t know who laughed more, the children or me’ (Parent). An interactive treat, complete with a free pancake for the kids and tea/coffee for adults.

What The Moon Saw

ZOO Southside (Main House) from 2-14, 16-26 August at 11:00

A magical journey around the world… A dance and circus performance for little ones and their families. Scared of the dark, young Jack opens his bedroom window to find a familiar friendly face, The Moon. The Moon shining bright, teaches Jack how to be brave by taking him on an amazing adventure of dragons, boats and rooftops; showing him all that he sees and teaching him all that he knows. Join Jack in this short interactive tale bringing you secrets and surprises that will delight the whole family.

Nick Cope

Stockbridge Church at 11.30 and Linlithgow Longcroft Hall at 14:30 – 18th August only!

If you’re lucky enough to have bagged tickets Nick Cope is of course playing at the Book Festival this year but is also putting on TWO other shows whilst he’s visiting. We reviewed his show last year and if absolutely ADORE his music.

Villain: DeBlanks

theSpace @Venue45 (Jeffrey Street) from 20-25 August at 10:05.

The Time Out New York Critics’ Pick written by Billy Mitchell, Villain: DeBlanks is an uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths! The audience provides nouns, adjectives, and verbs (the sillier, the better), and the actors provide the laughs—uncensored and unrehearsed—as they solve the mystery of Philip DeBlanks’ untimely demise. Suitable for audiences of all ages, each hilarious performance is ridiculously one-of-a-kind.


We’ve also got a few ‘grown-up’ shows booked in and will be trying to review/feature as many kid’s shows as we can. We’ll always endeavour to give our honest opinion and to help you navigate the festival!

You can check out my post with 5 Tips for Enjoying the Festival with Kids and also – please follow along on Instagram as one of us will always be on Instagram Stories sharing the festival fun! Use the hashtag #edinburghwithkids to show us what you’re up to and join in!

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