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Three To See 2017: Three comedy for kids

By | Published on Saturday 29 July 2017

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three comedy shows for kids.

The Dark Room For Kids | Just The Tonic At The Community Project | 4-27 Aug (pictured)
In the Macbeth section we talked about kids who like creepy and kids who like funny, and of course, kids who like both. If yours fall into that last camp, and are a bit older, then choosing TW favourite John Robertson’s special children’s version of his cult Fringe show for one of your festival outings is what they call a no-brainer. Fun, yet fear-filled, an interactive adventure, and one that the whole family will enjoy. Or will they? “If you win, there are terrible prizes! But if you lose, The Dark Room keeps whichever of your parents you like less”. Eeek.

Kidocracy | The Stand Comedy Club 3&4 | 3-20 Aug
Here’s another interactive experience from another TW favourite, Keith Farnon, and it’s got a really interesting aim in that it aspires to show children the importance of participation in a democracy, and introduces them to concepts relating to politics, governing and leadership, through fun stuff. Farnon takes on the alter-ego of Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all, and involves as many kids as possible. Brilliant for anyone over the age of 6.

This Is Your Trial (PG) | Heroes @ Monkey Barrel | 31 Jul-27 Aug
Another family version of a tried and tested favourite, the courtroom based improv comedy in which guest comedians act as lawyers, prosecuting and defending charges set against members of the audience. Lots and lots of great acts have appeared at the shows in the past, and it’s a great concept, so I pretty much guarantee you lots and lots of laughs.

Photo: Mark Dawson