Picturebooks, clowns and brain dissection… just another day in Edinburgh

Any day that begins with a special, personalised performance of a delightful children’s tale is already set to be spectacular. And this is what we had on Monday as we popped along to The Incredible Book Eating Boy★★★★. Although billed as kid’s theatre, this five minute chunk of performance is a real treat. Through projection, puppetry and acting, Oliver Jeffers’ story of a boy whose idea of balanced diet is a few Shakespeare plays washed down with an encyclopedia is vividly brought to life. Sitting alone in the inside of a Punch and Judy style booth, you are spoilt by a show performed just for you. After having a rather terrifying experience of one-on-one theatre in recent weeks, it was great to feel so welcome – and the company’s aim to blur the boundaries of performance by making puppet-like actors and actor-like puppets was truly accomplished. At the end of the show, we were lucky enough to catch James Baker, the production’s director, for a quick interview with can be found on our Youtube channel. Continue reading “Picturebooks, clowns and brain dissection… just another day in Edinburgh”