Three to See

Time to grab a cheap children’s show

Vlad againNow that the schools have gone back the streets of Edinburgh have become somewhat quieter, despite this year’s Fringe only having reached its halfway point.

This is when times become tough for the performers of children’s shows.  Having played to sell-out crowds for the past ten days, many of them will be playing to near-empty rooms between now and Saturday afternoon.

So, if you are up on a family holiday from England, and looking to keep the kids entertained, the chances are that most afternoon children’s shows will be doing 2-for-1 offers this week.

Here are three kids’ shows I can heartily recommend.

Assembly Rooms, George Street    12.15 pm

Although this is aimed at school-age audience, this is a show that will have appeal to all ages. The Periodic Fable is co-written by legendary Scottish stand-up Bruce Morton and comedian-scientist-activist Zara Gladman, who is better known as YouTube sensation of 2014 “Lady Alba”.  The show is a fusion of panto and educational theatre, which aims to teach kids about science in an amusing way.  Take the family along.  The youngsters will learn a thing or two and everyone will have a rollicking good laugh.


Assembly George Square Gardens   3.20pm

This is a follow-up to last year’s box-office sell-out Funz and Gamez, which was one of the most hilarious shows I have ever seen.  Host Phil Ellis, and his odd-ball backing band (one is dressed as a dog, the other as an elf) present the most off-the-wall children’s show imaginable.  Essentially, it’s a mixture of kids’ games and adult jokes so both parent and child will enjoy the show, but for entirely different reasons.

Laughing Horse @ Free Sisters, TheThree Sisters, Cowgate  2.30 pm

Stand-up comedians Martin Mor, Paul Currie and John Scott present an hour-long children’s show at The Three Sisters pub in Cowgate.  Mor is a former street performer whose act involved juggling machetes and firing guns with various parts of his body.  Currie’s act blends circus and mime and Scott is one of the finest comedians in Scotland.  It will be intriguing to see thm entertaining a younger generation

Vladimir McTavish’s one-person show “Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped A Nation” is at The Stand Comedy Club 5, at 6.15 pm from Friday 7th to Sunday 30th August.

 Vlad is also appearing at the Daily Business Summer Party on Wednesday 26th August.

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