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 Explorer – Tall 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 Animals – Tim Spooner
Could be more of an installation to explore than a show, but looks interesting and fun
Anonymouse – Ipdip 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 Hen – DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre
Clowning, puppets and baking with a thrilling chase
Flight – Curbside
This is a version of The Little Prince that uses circus aerial skills.
Funny Bones Trash – Funny Bones
Silent comedy, giant puppetry, found object theatre.
Grandad and Me – The Letter J
A fairly new Scottish company with a visually beautiful intergenerational show
Madama Butterfly – Companie Nathalie Cornille
French dance/opera – for children!
The Man Who Planted Trees – Puppet State Theatre
A classic that has travelled the world with a genuinely moving message for everyone.
The Metaphysical Caravan – Pinoccio 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 Overcoat – Brush 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.
Puzzle – Dance 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 Garden – Not Cricket
The classic story told with theatre and puppetry
The Secret Life of Suitcases – Ailie Cohen
A charming show about a very boring office worker who goes on an amazing adventure using puppetry
The Story of Faust – Skottes 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 Play – Puppet 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