Childrens Festival - great shows for older kids

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Edinburgh International Children's Festival is fast approaching (27 May - 4 June 2017), and there are some fantastic shows lined up. It's not just for very little ones either - so here we take a look at some of the shows in the programme aimed at older children. 

Little Red (7-12 years)

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Everyone knows the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood, but this fresh take on the tale from Glasgow's Barrowland Ballet is definitely one to check out.  Follow Little Red as she steps off the path and into the dark, dangerous woods. 

Three dancers each take turns in playing the show's roles in this beautiful story about growing up, where things may not be quite as clear cut as they appear. 

Traverse Theatre, Fri 2 - Sun 4 June (various showtimes)
Festival information and booking links

The Queen Has Vanished (5-12 years)

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Belgium's Kopergietery company combine illustrations, live music and moving drama in this story of a kingdom in crisis. 

The King grieves for his vanished Queen, while the Princess waits for a suitor to thaw her frozen heart. The garden is a mess and even the court jesters have fled! This is a story of loss and fate, sadness, healing and hope. 

The Studio at the Festival Theatre, Fri 2 - Sun 4 June (various showtimes)
Festival information and booking links 

Girl Asleep (film screening, 12+ years)

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The acclaimed stage production from Australia's Windmill Theatre Company is adapted into this award-winning film about Greta, a girl who still clings to the comforts of her childhood as she approaches the age of 15. 

After a surprise party goes wrong, Greta find herself in a bizarre, crazy, wonderful alternate reality - a place that's both funny and frightening at once. 

Filmhouse Cinema, Thu 1 June (two screenings, 10:00 and 20:30)
Festival information and booking links

Nosferatu (8-13 years)

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An ingenious take on the Dracula legend, this compelling tale uses puppetry, light and shadow to thrill and amuse its audience. 

Fast-paced, fun and frightening in just the right way, the classic Carpathian caper is retold by France's Bob Theatre. 

Traverse Theatre, Thu 1 - Sat 3 June (various showtimes) 
Festival information and booking links

The Edinburgh International Children's Festival runs from 27 May to 4 June and tickets are on sale now. For more festival information plus programme and ticketing links, please visit our festival page.

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