5 shows not to miss at Imaginate 2016!

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There's a lot of preparation going on right now for Edinburgh's summer festivals - but don't forget that our next one is just about to begin! The Imaginate Festival starts on Saturday 28 May, and will once again bring together some of the world's best theatre and dance for young audiences. 

To get you in the mood for Imaginate 2016, here's a selection of five of the best shows at this year's festival... 

Go Get 'em Kid (ages 6+)

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This high energy fun dance piece from Tamsyn Russell Dance was specially commissioned by Imaginate, with support from the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. In the show, Tamsyn and Adrienne dance and test the bonds of friendship in a performance that starts with over a hundred oversized t-shirts on stage and ends with just one. Which, we should perhaps stress, is shared between both performers. 

The Great Illusionist (ages 8+)

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Magic tricks and live music feature strongly in this fun tale of one little boy's dream to become a star. Dutch theatre makers Het Filiaal, deliver a spellbinding piece of theatre, sure to mesmerise young audience members. And don't forget to look out for that white rabbit! 

Fluff - A Story of Lost Toys (ages 4-8)

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Australia's Cre8ion arrive in Scotland with this hilarious and colourful story of the Gingham family who travel the world rescuing toys who have managed to get themselves lost. The show combines vocal sounds, movement, music and even sampling of audience members - sounds intriguing! 

Tales of a Grandson (ages 7+)

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This one-hour history of Scotland was hugely popular at 2014's Scottish International Storytelling Festival, so it's great to see it return for Imaginate. The show takes place at the National Museum of Scotland during the Imaginate Family Fringe events that kick the festival off. Andy Cannon, Wendy Weatherby and Red Bridge Arts deliver this speedy spin through Scotland's past. 

The Story of the Little Gentleman (ages 4-8)

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When a lonely man finds friendship with a dog, you just know you're going to be having your heart thoroughly warmed. And so it is with Catherine Wheels' wonderful retelling of this tail... er... tale... from Swedish author Barbro Lindgren. Dialogue is kept to a minimum, with the quirky set and toe-tapping music keeping kids enthralled. 

Looking at the lineup, Imaginate's Festival Director, Noel Jordan said:

Imaginate Festival offers children, their teachers and families a feast of international performances for all ages and taste. We have hand-picked shows from all over the world to ensure audiences experience some of the most exciting and innovative theatre and dance on offer.

Imaginate Festival runs from 28 May to 5 June 2016, with tickets already on sale. Find out more about the Festival, including links to programme and ticketing details.

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