The Edinburgh Festival Fringe arrives at artsdepot

Published: Tue 30 Aug 2016

This autumn four shows arrive at artsdepot following their hugely successful runs at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Here’s what to expect at Comedy Club 4 Kids, Mark Thomas’ The Red Shed, Lucy Porters’ Consequences and Les Petits’ Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2.

Comedy Club 4 Kids
The Idea:

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits!

The Reviews:
"Comedy Club 4 Kids is becoming a Fringe institution, as a great way for adults and children to enjoy stand up together." ★★★ one4review (read the full review)

Who’s the show for: Kids aged 6+ and their grown-ups.
What to expect: Comedy the whole family can enjoy.
When: Sunday 11 September, 12pm & 2.30pm

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed
The Idea:

The Red Shed is the third part in a trilogy of multi award-winning shows. Part theatre, stand up, journalism, activism it’s the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community in a small wooden shed. Mark returns to where he first started to perform, a red wooden shed in Wakefield, the Labour Club, to celebrate its 50th birthday.
Winner of The Stage Special Award in Edinburgh
Winner of a Fringe First Award

The Reviews:
"The comedian, activist and theatre-maker brings all of his formidable talents under one roof in this funny, raw and angry show" ★★★★ The Guardian (read the full review)

"He is a superlative storyteller, whipping from poignancy to laughter in the twist of a punchline...A story about stories needs its own power, and Thomas doesn’t slack with a heartfelt yarn that will compel until its emotional payoff, whether you share his politics or not." ★★★★ Chortle (read the full review)

“At times The Red Shed takes on a magical quality to it, like you’re not simply watching a play but are truly part of some great change that is inspiring to even be present for.” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby (read the full review)

Who’s the show for: Those who enjoy a little activism and comedy with their theatre.
What to expect: Powerful theatre that mixes comedy, politics and a little audience participation.
When: Tuesday 4 October, 7.30pm

Lucy Porter: Consequences
The Idea:

A hilarious new show of heart-felt personal revelations and incisive cultural observations from stand-up Lucy Porter. Covering some or all of the following: censorship, generational conflict, theological ethics, home-brewing, quizzing, Britpop of the 1990s, falconry and Gary Wilmot.

The Reviews:
"Porter puts on an outstandingly witty show, but it is her natural stage presence which makes Consequences so incredibly easy to watch” ★★★★ Ed Fest Mag (read the full review)

"This is a well-crafted show which gifts us plenty of callbacks and pleasingly wraps them up at the end. An infectiously cheerful hour from a natural performer" ★★★★ Broadway Baby (read the full review)

Who’s the show for: Those who enjoy conversational comedy.
What to expect: Humorous anecdotes, cheerfully told.
When: Thursday 6 October, 7.30pm

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass
The Idea:

Les Petits Theatre Company return with the hugely anticipated sequel The Magic Cutlass, based on the book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. When Flinn is in the middle of his school play his old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps his friends forcing them to hunt for the Magic Cutlass; a sword that grants any wish! The children are whisked away for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages!

The Reviews:
"a highly entertaining production that mixes humour, lively songs, beautiful set designs and pantomime aspects." ★★★★ Ed Fest Magazine (read the full review)

"Les Petits Theatre's vividly engaging Magic Cutlass sequel to its award-winning Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs rollicks across pirate ships and underwater adventures, entrancing the very young." ★★★★ The Stage (read the full review)

"Atmospheric and well-realised adaptation of Andreae and Ayto's books" ★★★★ The List (read the full review)

Who’s the show for: Kids aged 3+ and their grown-ups.
What to expect: A fantastical adventure full of excitement and fun.
When: Sunday 13 November, 11.30am & 2pm


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