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Robert Bathurst on The Song of Lunch

Cold Feet’s Robert Bathurst is out to lunch in a hilarious new play by poet Christopher Reid. It’s a rare morning off for Robert Bathurst – rare because the in...

Edinburgh: A City of Laughter

For Children

4★★★★

Review: David Baddiel’s Animalcolm at Gilded Balloon Teviot

With David Baddiel’s background in comedy, it’s no wonder his children’s book Animalcolm transitioned so successfully to Fringe. He is currently working on his fifth children’s book and his first screenplay for Fox, making now the perfect time to acquaint your...
4★★★★

Review: Duckie at Summerhall

We would all do well to heed – irrespective of age – the message at the heart of Le Gateau Chocolat’s triumphant children’s show Duckie. A shimmering reinterpretation of The Ugly Duckling, this production combines music and narrative to stress the importance...
5★★★★★

Review: Dick and Dom- Dick v Dom at Underbelly, McEwan Hall

As two of the biggest names at this year’s festival, Dick and Dom have upscaled from the comfort of their bungalow to the massive McEwan Hall to bring their high tempo show to the Fringe for the first time. Though primarily this is a kids show, kids aren't the...
5★★★★★

Reviews: Chores at Assembly George Square Gardens

Every child will relate to the struggle to stay focused after their mum asks them to clean up their room. In Chores, Cluster Arts circus company take inspiration from this childhood woe, playing two brothers who, incentivised by an opportunity to try out the...
4★★★★

Review: Circa: Wolfgang at Underbelly’s Circus Hub

If we are to believe his characterisation in the film Amadeus, Mozart, the energetically boyish musical prodigy, is an excellent candidate for a circus routine: cheeky, and with a fabulous soundtrack to boot. Thus led to the creation of Circa’s family-friend...
4★★★★

Review: The Bear at Pleasance Courtyard

In Pins and Needles Productions' adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ The Bear, children and adults alike are left in a captivated daze. Even among the garish colours and frenetic energy of children’s theatre, Briggs’ soft-around-the-edges, dreamlike quality remain...
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