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Three To See 2015: A Trio Of Dragon Shows

By | Published on Tuesday 28 July 2015


ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses surveyed the children’s programme this year and immediately zoned in on three dragon-themed shows. Obviously.

Dragon (pictured)
Dragons abound in children’s literature and other media, and it’s no wonder, given they’re a bit exciting – what with all that damsel-baiting and fire-breathing – and yet they’re safely mythical and/or fictional. It’s also not difficult, usually, to find them at the Fringe. Though the first dragon show that caught my eye was this, actually on at the Edinburgh International Festival, a family show aimed at “adults, teenagers and children with vivid imaginations”. This award-winning wordless piece, delivered via the medium of physical theatre, original music and puppetry, tells the story of Tommy, a boy struggling since the death of his mother, who one night comes face to face with a dragon.
Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, from 14 until 16 Aug

The Last Of The Dragons
This second dragon event caught my eye because it’s based on a short story by late great writer E Nesbit (she of ‘Railway Children’ and Bastable series fame) and I have always been a bit of a fan of her works. The show follows the story of a prince and princess who wish to break away from their traditional roles in life, as they discover the secrets of the last living dragon on earth. The adaptation comes courtesy of award-winning production company Manhattan Children’s Theatre, who have assembled a highly trained and experienced Scotland-based cast.
Pleasance Courtyard, from 5 until 31 Aug

Land Of The Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig
This sounds like a delightful and enchanting show from another award-winning troupe, puppeteer specialists PuppetSoup. Described as an “adventure through time, landscapes and legends into a world of folklore, myths and ancient stories”, you can be sure to expect a visually exciting and enthralling show that will capture the imagination of audience members of all ages.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, from 5 until 31 Aug

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