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Three To See 2019: Three Promising Children’s Shows

By | Published on Friday 5 July 2019

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three promising children’s shows.

The Greatest Magic Show | Assembly Rooms | 1-24 Aug
So, time to focus on some kids’ stuff, but it’s so so so hard to choose because there is so so so much promising child-focused fare at the Fringe this year. But you know, I had to pick this one, because, well, look at it. It’s quite literally ‘The Greatest Magic Show’. I suppose you could argue that a name doesn’t mean anything and you’d probably be right, but this show also has an impressive CV of selling out, winning awards and being loved a lot by critics. It’s the work of a pair of rather skilled Melbourne-based comic magicians and frankly, they’re coming a long way to perform this show for you, so come on, sort out your tickets now. Listing here.

Doodle Pop | Assembly George Square Studios | 31 Jul – 25 Aug
Last year we sent one of our reviewers to a show called ‘Boogie Woogie’ and she thought it was excellent, proclaiming it to be: a “clever, thoughtful and well-structured show for young audiences, performed with gusto and accompanied by lovely keyboard jingles”. So hurrah that the same company have returned to us (all the way from South Korea) with a new piece with a similar format. Brush Theatre use animated live doodling, projections, mime, physical acting, shadow play and puppetry to create the play, and it all works beautifully. Listing here.

I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole! | Pleasance Courtyard | 31 Jul – 26 Aug (pictured)
The last two shows were suitable for those aged three and up, this one is aimed at an older demographic, with a recommended age of eight and over, and it sounds super, not least because it involves Ska music. It’s a co-production from Complicité and Polka Theatre, based on the well loved book of the same name, which tells the story of Ashley, whose hard working and single mother threatens him with a visit to the titular terrifying neighbour. But one day Ashley is magnetically drawn to Mrs Cole’s door and finds himself lost in a wild and imaginative world. Listing here.

Photo: Sarah Ainslie