ChILDREN’S ShOWS BOBBy AND ThE GRAvE ROBBERS! alba Flamenca (Venue 237) HHHHH
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.
Until 29 August. Today 11am.