Fun For All Ages at the 2019 Children’s Festival  

2019 sees Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival celebrate its 30th birthday, with an exciting and busy programme providing a fitting celebration.

Taking place from 25th May - 2nd June, this year’s festival features a strong international showing with 15 productions from 8 different countries - but also celebrates its Scottish roots with homegrown talent and commissions set to tour the country.

Punchdrunk small wondersSmall Wonders, credit: Stephen Dobbie

In a programme with a strong focus on visual and interactive performances, highlights include unique production Small Wonders from Punchdrunk theatre company. Showing across three weeks to ensure a wide range of audiences get to take part, the production invites children inside the home of a miniaturist for an enchanting and unforgettable interactive experience.

Three LegsThree Legs, credit: Ditte Valente

Younger audiences are in for a treat too, with acrobatic circus-dance Three Legs, sensory light show Nero, and truly unique foam sculpture and dance performance The Little Bath amongst offerings for those as young as 1. And at the other end of the spectrum, teenage visitors can look forward to performances exploring topics as diverse as teenage detectives and a real-life school siege.

This GirlThis Girl, credit: Beth Chalmers

Two new Imaginate commissions from Scottish companies also take centre stage in this year’s programme. The Letter J’s Super Human Heroes is a musical comedy show exploring the ways we are, fail and try to be super human heroes, while internationally acclaimed play This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing puts a contemporary twist on the fairytale format with a story about triplet sisters abandoned in a forest.

In a bid to reach children across the country, both commissions will tour Scotland in the lead up to the Festival, travelling from Moffat to the Isle of Skye in a tour funded by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.

Playful TigerPlayful Tiger, credit: Jassy Earl

Launching the 2019 programme, Festival Director Noel Jordan said:

This year children and young people will again have a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s best theatre and dance. Take a voyage from a retro kitchen into outer space with a nod to the first female astronaut, or marvel at the determination of triplet sisters as they journey separately around the globe.
Whatever your choice, you can be confident the works will be diverse, challenging and enthralling. Shows that will encourage children to be critical thinkers with curious minds, whilst making them laugh, gasp and cry.

Children's festival opening weekendChildren's Festival opening weekend, credit: Ruth Armstrong

As in previous years, the Festival will open at the National Museum of Scotland with a free drop-in day on 25 May for all the family. Visitors will be invited to enjoy live music, pop-up performances and storytelling as well as the opportunity to get involved with hands-on art activities and workshops.

The Children’s Festival takes place at venues across Edinburgh between 25 May and 2 June. Find out more and book your tickets now at the Festival website!

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