20 unmissable childrens theatre shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Here are my personal recommendations.

DISCLAIMER: This list includes my own show ‘Chicken Licken and the Little Red Hen’ (which of course I recommend)

Alfie White Space ExplorerTall Stories
An original piece from this company that is more well known for stage adaptations of ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’

The Assembly of AnimalsTim Spooner
Could be more of an installation to explore than a show, but looks interesting and fun

AnonymouseIpdip Theartre
A show for very small ones. Probably gentle and lovely.

The Bookbinder – Trick of the Light Theatre
This New Zealand outfit is bringing a world of shadows and paper

Chicken Licken and the Little Red HenDNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre
Clowning, puppets and baking with a thrilling chase

This is a version of The Little Prince that uses circus aerial skills.

Funny Bones TrashFunny Bones
Silent comedy, giant puppetry, found object theatre.

Grandad and MeThe Letter J
A fairly new Scottish company with a visually beautiful intergenerational show

Madama ButterflyCompanie Nathalie Cornille
French dance/opera – for children!

The Man Who Planted TreesPuppet State Theatre
A classic that has travelled the world with a genuinely moving message for everyone.

The Metaphysical CaravanPinoccio Theatre in Lodz
This is an actual caravan all the way from Poland! Small shows and workshops. Only in Edinburgh for a week

Our Teacher’s a Troll Paines Plough and Half Moon
For older children by two very highly regarded companies in the UK

The OvercoatBrush Theatre
Physical theatre and video combine to retell the classic Gogol for kids

The Piper – My Darling Patricia
I saw this outfit presenting an amazing show about child neglect for adults using puppetry. Now they are in Edinburgh with immersive puppetry and video adapting the Pied Piper story.

PuzzleDance Theatre Dansema
If you like physicalisation of mental processes and child development using dance from Lithuania for under 3’s, this is for you

The Secret GardenNot Cricket
The classic story told with theatre and puppetry

The Secret Life of SuitcasesAilie Cohen
A charming show about a very boring office worker who goes on an amazing adventure using puppetry

The Story of FaustSkottes Musickteater
A big Swedish music theatre group made a massive version of Faust. They also made a side piece for kids with puppets. Which turned out to be amazing.

Taiwan Season: The Paper PlayPuppet Beings Theatre
A beautiful little paper show. My partner saw it in Vietnam – apparently it’s unmissable

The Voice Thief Catherine Wheels
This Scottish Company are white hot at the moment. I have no idea what this is about but it’s presented by Catherine Wheels and that’s good enough for me

20 unmissable childrens theatre shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015

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