ChIL­DREN’S ShOWS BOBBy AND ThE GRAvE ROB­BERS! alba Fla­menca (Venue 237) HHHHH

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WhAT bet­ter time than Au­gust for a bit of panto fun? OK, so it’s not ex­actly high sea­son, but there seem to be many classes of schoolkids around to en­joy this ir­rev­er­ent of­fer­ing from ed­in­burgh duo Gaither Roond Sto­ries. In fact, it might just be that older view­ers may man­age a laugh too, so scathing is it of the cap­i­tal’s tourist cul­ture in the height of what passes for sum­mer. Graver­ob­bers Burke and hare are present and cor­rect, of course, but this time they’re joined by Greyfri­ars Bobby, in this case a hard­ened devil dog which wears an old lady’s stolen false teeth.

The duo, masked through­out, present a show with plenty of laughs and in­ter­ac­tion, in­clud­ing songs, a dance se­quence, vil­lain-spot­ting and a well-done seg­ment where time off school or work, we’re told, can be had by claim­ing you’ve got a dose of the plague and call­ing in sick.

Cue face paints, for pre­tend plague pur­poses, and it’s so catchy that even “auld yins” and teach­ers up the back can’t help but be af­flicted. With a tight nar­ra­tive and plenty to see and to do, this show comes rec­om­mended for any child who likes a creepy tale.

DAvID POL­LOCk

Un­til 29 Au­gust. To­day 11am.

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