Presented by Motley & Mac
Reviewed 19 February 2017
The Fringe gets bigger and better every year and it can be overwhelming deciding which shows to take your children to see. Enter The Best of Kids’ Fringe — a sampler show from a handful of artists who each have their own kids’ Fringe shows.
This is a great concept for parents, allowing them to expose children to lots of acts at once and then take their kids to see those acts that grabbed them in full later. Or just be content with this sampler-style production that caters for many interests.
On the opening weekend of the Fringe, The Best Of Kids Fringe featured hula hoop experts groovin’ it up to GNR, some light-hearted circus-style card tricks, mid-level acrobatics, story time and Dr Pop the bubble man. The act line-up changes from week-to-week, so you can even go several times if your kids were really rapt and it won’t be a repeat.
The Octagon at Gluttony was a bigger venue than some, with more comfortable seating, but a less intimate atmosphere than others hosting children’s shows. The line-up also seemed skewed at the slightly older kids (say 7-12), but my four-year-old still enjoyed it.
Some acts were better than others (to be expected in a sampler) and Dr Pop appeared to be the standout hit with the kids. His professional bubble-making show featured an amazing variety of bubbles including spectacular smoke-filled bubbles, and several lucky kids got to be part of his act. One boy got a new bubble-styled hairdo and a birthday girl got to play with giant bubbles on stage.
It’s hard to predict what other weeks’ shows will be like, but this one was varied and lots of fun and I’d expect more of the same in future. I’d definately recommend it if you’re at a loss as to what to take your children to see. Let them pick their favourites from the line-up if you’re wanting to take them to even more Fringe fun!
Reviewed by Samantha Bond
Rating out of 5: 4.5
Venue: The Octagon at Gluttony
Season: 18 Feb – 19 March (weekends only)
Duration: 60 mins