Features Edinburgh Fringe 2018 Published 21 August 2018

Some Edinburgh fringe doodles

Duška Radosavljević writes a childs' eye sketch of some of the kids' shows of the 2018 Edinburgh fringe.
Duska Radosavljevic
‘No, no, no. I’ve had enough of Edinburgh! I want to go home!’
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And Mama said: ‘Just tell me one thing you liked about it? Which one was your favourite show?’
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‘No!’
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And that’s how it’s now finally my turn to tell you all about our Edinburgh 2018!
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(You can catch up here about the previous ones we did in 20172016 – and the ones Joakim did without me in 2015 – and 2014.)
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I am Katarina and I am two and a half years old. I don’t do tantrums, but I’m quite determined and I know what I want – and, as Mama and Papa say, I know how to get it too. They always joke about how I’m the CEO of the family, so you know, it makes sense that I do the report.
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Well, it was a difficult one this year, which might explain why Joakim is so fed up. For a start we had the news on the journey up in the car that our accommodation was cancelled – which sent Mama into a total spin until she found someone in a place called Leith who could have us at short notice, on condition we cleaned everything up before we left. That was on Day 1.
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On Day 2, I had trouble doing a poo which made us all a bit irritated and late for our first show (I’m still using nappies, though I’m really, really curious about going on a proper toilet – that’s my next goal in life).
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On Day 3, we got locked out of the apartment – Mama thought Papa had the key, and Papa never knew she’d left the key out for him on the shelf, so this was so stressful that Papa forgot to give us our surprises out of the Kinder eggs we’d just eaten, which made Joakim very, very cross; then to top it all – we got caught out in the rain.
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On Day 4, when we were due to drive back to London, Papa overdried the bedsheets and then Mama had to iron them which is her least favourite thing in the world, and so we had to stay in Edinburgh for a whole morning without Mama or any of us seeing any shows at all but having to do ironing instead. So all in all it wasn’t a great Edinburgh but we did get to see some shows on Days 2 and 3! And they were good!
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The first show was the best! It was called Woogie Boogie, it was from a place called Korea, and we saw it at Summerhall. We were running late but as soon as we sat down we knew we’d love it! Joakim was in stitches the whole way through – so he did like it quite a bit, I think. There was a man and a woman drawing with pens on a huge white board and they were very funny. There was also a woman playing the piano, and she was nice. And the man and the woman drawing told a story about a turtle which disappeared and we were all hoping to find it again. And in the end, the turtle was so big, the woman could ride on it! It was fun.
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When we came out, Mama and Papa were getting stressed again about something. Mama parked us all at the table and said: ‘You have to draw what you’ve just seen and I’m going to go and get some coffee’.
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Joakim said: ‘No, I don’t want to draw!’ but I was quite happy to get going. I’m into the colour pink at the moment and I like drawing small circles and flowers. But this time I tried something else. Here it is:
Mama said she liked it, it’s a bit like a bird and a bit like a face – but nothing like what those Koreans did.
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Joakim didn’t draw anything by the time Mama came back and she was cross and she said ‘Come on Joakim, you must be able to draw a turtle!’ And he said ‘No, I can’t draw a turtle!’ And Papa said, ‘Can you draw an octopus?’
And Mama said: ‘Why would he draw an octopus?’
Papa: ‘Because there was one in the show! And then they hacked the tentacles…!’
Mama: ‘Okay, okay…’
Papa to Joakim: ‘Come on, I’ll help you draw the turtle. Here, first you draw the body, and then the head, and the face, and then the feet, like this’
And Mama said: ‘That looks like a bug!’
And Joakim said: ‘No, I like it! I can do that!’
And Papa said to Mama: ‘So how would you do it?’
And she said: ‘Birdseye perspective, like this – and with fatter legs’
And then Joakim said: ‘Here’s the turtle!’
And then he said: ‘And here’s the octopus!’
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why no one in our family is an artist! (Except perhaps me!)
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After the drawing, Mama went to the show and we went to the playground in the Meadows – which was fantastic! We loved that.
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Then it was time for another show – this time a dance piece in the Dancebase at Grassmarket. So we sped up on our way across Edinburgh to get there in time, and I was tired, so I did not want to sit down in my buggy because I could fall asleep and miss something, so Papa had to carry me on his shoulders and Mama pushed Joakim in the buggy instead. Which was a perfect deal for all of us. Except perhaps Papa!
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My favourite thing in the DanceBase was this thing they have on the wall:
I loved, loved, loved it – and wanted to play there for a long time before and after the show! After the show, I made my own choreography too, look:
Joakim also took part when he thought no one was looking.
And the show was great too – it was one about autumn and leaves and dancing in wellies! Joakim laughed a lot. But when Mama asked us again after the show to draw what we liked about it while waiting for our pizzas, Joakim for very cross and this is what she got instead:
It looks prettier now than it did at the time because Mama saved it and photographed it at home, but in the restaurant it looked quite angry and ended up on the floor.
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That was it for our first day out and about at the Edinburgh Fringe as far as theatre was concerned. Afterwards we went back to the playground in the Meadows and, when Mama went to her evening shows, Papa got us all to walk back all the way to Leith so we get tired and sleep better at night. And it worked.
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The following day we set out in good time so not to be late. We were going to see the Gruffalo! That’s what Mama said. When we got there Joakim was exclaiming ‘That’s where we saw the bubble show! That’s where we saw the bubble show’ and Mama was very pleased that he was remembering something from a previous year (actually a show we saw in 2017).
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The Gruffalo show – was actually the woman who wrote the story and her friends and family doing five of her stories including the Gruffalo. Mama and Joakim were not particularly impressed with this show, but I liked the singing! Here am I applauding at the end:
Joakim didn’t applaud. He kept saying ‘I want to go home.’ And Mama was not impressed. She was saying ‘We can’t go home Joakim, we have tickets for another show.’
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Yesterday afternoon we’d bumped into the Koreans whose show we’d liked so much that morning and they gave us free tickets for their other show The Little Musician. And we were all very thrilled, and Joakim was a bit embarrassed and was hiding under Mama’s coat.
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So this was the show we were now going to see and Mama was saying:
‘We are going to see the funny show again!’
And Joakim was saying: ‘I’ve had enough of funny shows!’
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The second Korean show was not so funny but I liked it. It was a story about a girl who was looking for the Sun. And there was music and puppets and singing and dancing in it too. I was very interested to see if they’d find the Sun, and they did, in the end. Though if they didn’t I would have given them this one that I’d made earlier:
When we got home, I gave it to Mama to remind her.
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So it was a good Edinburgh all in all. We’ve seen more shows in one go than ever before. Mama sometimes sees six in one day, and even though she said this to Joakim and he said to her ‘I want to go with you to six shows’ on Day 1, two per day were clearly more than enough for him!
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On Day 3 I finally did a poo on the toilet too! I thought I just wanted to do a wee wee and Papa left Joakim to watch me on the toilet while he went to get something else, and Joakim was watching me very carefully, and reporting to Papa everything he saw. He was looking at me, saying:
‘No, Katarina is not doing a wee wee. No, Katarina is not doing a wee wee…’ And then he got excited: ‘Katarina is doing a poo!’ And I was very excited too that he was excited, going ‘Look, Joakim, look!’ And – Mama will be very disappointed to hear this – but I think that was Joakim and Papa’s most favourite show this Edinburgh. It certainly made Papa laugh more than anything else this year.
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You can read Exeunt’s full Edinburgh fringe 2018 coverage here.

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Duska Radosavljevic

Duska Radosavljevic is a dramaturg, teacher and scholar. She is the author of Theatre-Making: Interplay Between Text and Performance in the 21st Century (2013) and editor of The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with Theatre-Makers (2013). Duska has also contributed to The Stage Newspaper since 1998 as well as a number of academic and online publications in English and in Serbian.

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