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10 of the best kids’ shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022

It’s not just fun for adults at the world’s biggest arts festival: there’s lots for the little ones too

Andrzej Lukowski
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Andrzej Lukowski
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While the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is famed for late-night boozing, interesting conceptual club nights and lairy standups, the truth of the matter is that it’s such a vast event that it offers all things to all people: including families! There’s a dedicated family section in the Fringe brochure, and the mornings at the festival in particular are bustling with shows specifically aimed at children, from theatre to stand-up. Here’s ten of our top picks.

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Best kids’ shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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  • Theatre
  • Children's

Progressive theatre company Rhum + Clay is best known for its forensic, meticulously researched shows aimed at adults, so the kids are in for a treat with ‘Everything Has Changed’, a new work aimed at children aged five to 12. It’s described as a ‘joyful, kaleidoscopic’ show exploring the nature of change itself, made in consultation with a child psychologist.

  • Theatre
  • Children's

Tall Stories have adapted countless Julia Donaldson picturebooks and here’s the latest, an adaptation of her 2019 post-Brexit parable ‘The Smeds and The Smoos’, a yarn about two irrationally mistrustful tribes of aliens who learn to overcome their prejudices. Ages three-to-ten.

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  • Theatre
  • Children's

Written by Laura Lindow, this new kids’ show from Paines Plough and the Rose Theatre Kingston follows Dill, whose happy life is changed forever when she discovers a ball of wolf hair in one of her grandad’s books. Eva Sampson directs this play for ages five-to-12.

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  • Comedy
  • Stand-up

An hour of ‘really stupid kids’ comedy plus maybe some drawing’ from stand-up, children’s author and former winner of Joke of the Fringe Olaf Falafel. Aimed at kids aged four to 14, it’s part of the Free Fringe (ie tickets are free but tipping in encouraged and you can pay what you can to reserve a place).

  • Theatre
  • Children's

Is this a horrible idea? Or a very smart one? The brainchild of Professor Tom Solomon, OBE, ‘Covid for Kids’ spins our last two years of hell into a lighthearted romp about Corry the Coronavirus, who rampages about causing all sorts of problems until tamed by the Science Superheroes. 

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  • Theatre
  • Children's

Louis Pearl’s bubblicious show is an Edinburgh mainstay that sells out every year for a reason. That reason being: he does cool stuff with bubbles! Big bubbles, little bubbles, artistic bubbles, bubbles demonstrating science, dumb bubbles, clever bubble – aaaaaaall the bubbles. 

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