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  • Cinders: A Folk Tale

    Cinders: A Folk Tale

    Where did the story of Cinderella come from?

    cinders-folk-tale-alba2017-websiteThe children’s play this year is based on a compilation of the many folk tales from around the world that were the origins of the tale of Cinderella.

    These tales were told to children around the camp fire in countries such as Ireland, Scotland and Germany, and by travelling folk.

    Some of these original stories are very dark in places. Our play, however, is very family friendly and not too gruesome.

    An outdoor promenade performance through the beautiful gardens of Duddingston Kirk Manse and Dr. Neil’s Garden. Children follow the actors and musicians around the gardens as the story unfolds.

    Original music and songs, and audience participation.

    Dress for the weather and wear stout shoes to cope with long grass in places.

    NOTE: Some areas are not suitable for push-chairs, baby buggies or wheelchairs

    Previous children’s shows by Theatre Alba have been well reviewed.

    Listed in the Guardian in the Top 21 shows for families at EdFringe 2016

    Quotes from reviews

    Primary Times – 

    The cast is skilled at telling the story, in particular the storyteller/ narrator is excellent, entertaining the audience while we waited for the show to begin, and encouraging everyone to join in with the travelling song as we made our way around the Gardens. The show is recommended for ages 4-10 and I would say this is accurate, my daughter is 9 and really enjoyed it, and the younger audience members were equally engaged.

    Child’s Review

    The venue is not as central as many Fringe venues but well worth the trip: the Gardens are beautiful and really add to the whole experience. If you have time before or after there is a lovely cafe on site, and there is plenty of free parking in the car park. Recommended if you have children in this age range!


    Read the full review 

    Fair Brown and Trembling
    Three Weeks 4/5 Stars ****

    ” …this interactive story speaks straight to the audience.

    The big kids will appreciate some of the finer humour, and the littler ones will get captured by the story and expressive eyes of the excellent narrator. With teas, coffees, juices and biscuits all available, everyone leaves with their own happy ending.”

    Baba Yaga
    All Edinburgh Theatre 4/5 Stars ****

    ” Magnificently malevolent when it needs to be, Theatre Alba’s take on the great Russian folk tale Baba Yaga thrills and frightens in equal measure as it promenades round Dr Neil’s Garden in Duddingston.”  Thom Dibdin – All Edinburgh Theatre

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