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Gut – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Written by Frances Poet Directed by Zinnie Harris Reviewer: Dominic Corr We can reason with our heart, we can rationalise inside our heads. Yet we find it so very difficult to persuade a gut instinct. A visceral, primal stance which has a uniquely tangible feeling when we feel something wrong. It is, however, the blindest feeling we place trust in. ...

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The Tin Soldier – The Studio at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Gary Robson               Music: Lauren Gilmore, Stuart Ramage and Audrey Tait Reviewer: Emily Hall There is no better, more touching way for Edinburgh’s children to get into the Christmas spirit than with a visit to The Studio at Festival Theatre for Birds of Paradise Theatre’s rendition of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The original heartrending tale is ...

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The Arabian Nights – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

market traders in arabic dress

Writer: Suhayla El-Bushra Director: Joe Douglas  Reviewer: Emily Hall This December the Lyceum brings to life The Arabian Nights. Suhayla El Bushra’s original script isn’t the first musical rendition of the “Thousand and One Nights” folk stories but her take is nuanced and enchanting, perfect for children and dreamers alike. The show tackles modern themes of authoritarianism and freedom of ...

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Getting Dressed – Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, London

Director and Choreographer: Rosie Heafford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anyone who had a dressing up box as a child will know the feeling of pleasure to be gained from putting on ridiculously oversized clothes and just mucking about. It’s that feeling of joyous playfulness that is at the heart of Second Hand Dance’s family show. Starting in their underwear, three dancers ...

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Cinderella – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Mike Kenny Additional Lyrics: Ivan Stott Music: Rob Hiley Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Marie Smith Cinderella is an entertaining and animated production from award-winning children’s writer, Mike Kenny. It tells the story of Cinders, her wicked stepmother and ugly sisters but in a unique way with lots of ridiculously funny moments and a really lively cast. This version of ...

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Peter Pan on Ice – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: JM Barrie Choreographer:Giuseppe Arena Composer:Silvio Amato Reviewer: Paul Downham There have been a number of different productions of Peter Pan in the various theatres of Manchester over the past few years however, this example featuring the Russian All Stars is unlike all before. Take the iconic story of Peter Pan; add huge amounts of sparkle and then put the ...

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Tom’s Midnight Garden – Darlington Civic Theatre, Darlington

Adapted for the stage by David Wood Book: Phillipa Pearce Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Mark Clegg Anyone who was lucky enough to see Birmingham Stage Company’s production of James and the Giant Peach last year will know to expect theatrical magic from this, their adaptation of another classic of children’s literature. Originally published in 1958, Phillipa Pearce’s story sees young ...

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The Pardoner’s Tale – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Geoffrey Chaucer Director/Adapter/Composer: Lewis Gibson Reviewer: Chris Combemale Is greed truly the root of all evil? Startlingly original and deliciously entertaining, Lewis Gibson’s children’s revival of Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale is a vibrant exploration into the conman Pardoner. With breath-taking live music, a magically empty stage and snow falling from the skies, this ingenious production of an old and ...

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