If you’d like to see something heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, something that says ‘something new’, you are spoiled for choice at the Fringe. I decided to check out what the Fringe had to offer for the younguns, just to add some variety – and I was wonderfully surprised by Theatre Fideri Fidera’s production of ‘Ogg ‘n’ Ugg ‘n’ Dog’, running at Gilded Balloon Teviot until the 26th of August.
Advertised as ‘fun for the whole family’, I was duly aware I was at a show meant for children without a child to accompany me. Cushioned on either side by the delighted shrieks of Edinburgh’s youngest theatre-goers, and their parents, I posed myself the question – what makes children laugh? Would this show translate to all ages of children? Would people who spoke different languages enjoy it?
The answer is yes. Theatre Fideri Fidera create a wacky, highly entertaining, but still engaging performance. As expected, they pose many questions to the audience in an effort to keep the children involved. They are delighted to shout back their favourite food, they are thrilled by the wolf puppets, they practically fall out of their seats to be taken up on stage to participate.
The two actors who lead the show are family-friendly without ever pandering; their little tricks with props delight the whole audience. The set is extremely mobile and creates multiple changes of setting, little song interludes are peppered throughout, and everyone is encouraged to join in. If anything, you feel silly if you don’t.
Despite feeling slightly strange shouting my name along with children, or howling along to a rap that invited me to ‘put my paws in the air’, Theatre Fideri Fidera are a credit to children’s theatre as they keep a room full of children entertained for an hour- a feat I think few of us could pull off. If you have a child with you at the Fringe, or if you’re looking for a show that doesn’t require much thought, ‘Ogg ‘n’ Ugg ‘n’ Dog’ is the show for you.
Ogg ‘n’ Ugg ‘n’ Dog runs until the 26th of August – buy tickets here.