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Three To See 2011: Children’s adaptations

By | Published on Monday 27 June 2011

The Enormous Turnip

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three theatre shows for children at Fringe 2011.

The Enormous Turnip (pictured)
Now I come to think of it, I’m not actually sure whether this is an adaptation or not, but I very clearly remember a turnip story from my youth and I’m hoping this is based on that. But it’s too late, I’m full steam ahead, and I’m recommending this no matter what. Spotlites’ shows for preschoolers are a great experience, especially if you’ve got the kind of three year old who finds it hard to sit still and concentrate. We saw their production of ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ last year (it’s on again this year too) and had a great time, not least because the show feels more like a warm group activity than a formal piece of theatre: the little ones are encouraged to join in, and no-one gets cross if your toddler edges into the performance space at the wrong moment…
Spotlites @ The Merchants Hall, dates vary, times vary, £6.50 (£5.50, £22.00F), fpp21. Tickets from edfringe.com.

Greek Myths For Kids
Sometimes, the old tales are the best. In this case, they’re very, very old tales. ThreeWeeks were very impressed last year by Backhand Theatre’s adaptations of these Greek myths, which they perform using a mixture of puppetry and storytelling. One that I suspect will be very entertaining for the adults, as well as for your small budding classicists.
C eca, 3 – 29 Aug, 2.15pm (3.10pm), £5.50 – £8.50, fpp21. Tickets from edfringe.com.

The Chronicles Of Bitter And Twisted
Okay. Well. This deviates slightly from the whole adaptation theme a little, because this isn’t really an adaptation at all, more a taking-something-as-a-starting-point-and-turning-it-on-its-head sort of thing. In this puppet show, dubbed an “urban sequel” to the ‘Ugly Duckling’ story, a swan makes the discovery that she is actually a duck. I think it sounds nice. Especially if it proves that it’s not just the beautiful birds that get a happy ending. Fingers crossed.
Assembly George Square, 3 – 29 Aug, 11.50pm (12.50pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp20. Tickets from edfringe.com.