Features Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Published 14 August 2019

A stinky and rainy (but actually really fun) kids’ fringe adventure

A dialogue review of Edinburgh fringe's sights, shows and smells by Joakim (aged five) and Katarina (aged three-and-a-half).
Duska Radosavljevic

Edinburgh Fringe, via Wikimedia Commons

Hello, Edinburgh!
Hello, Edinburgh!
Here we are again!

I am Joakim and I’ll be blue, because CatBoy from PJ Masks is blue and he is my favourite! Katarina, you can be pink.

OK, Joakim, I’ll be pink! Cause I am pink.

And when we talk together we are purple! Because blue and pink together, makes



Here we are again – actually we are writing from the train home – and we have to tell you all about our trip.

And make some drawings. Cause Mama said so.

This time we travelled up by train for the first time, which was really cool! And granny and granpa – or ‘Baba i Deda’, as we call them – came with us too, so Mama and Papa could finally go and see some shows together. And that was great fun for us, cause we got to have lots and lots of ice cream and balloons!


We stayed in a big, big house which had lots of toys, and a doll house!

We stayed there once before when I was a baby, which you can read all about here. (I said to Mama I still remembered it all, but I don’t really.) We have been coming to Edinburgh every year since then, and I am five now, and sometimes when I get bored of going to school, I say I want to go back to Edinburgh. And Mama says: ‘They have schools in Edinburgh too, you know!’

We saw the acorn show! Tell them about the acorn show!

The *unicorn* show, Katarina!

Yes, the acorn show!

Never mind. Yes, on our first morning in Edinburgh we went to Pleasance Courtyard see this show called I Believe in Unicorns. It was about a boy called Thomas who doesn’t like to read, but he likes books. And there were so many books in this show!

They were amazing!

Yes, they opened up and became houses, and had little lights in them.

And milk!

And milk, and kites, and smaller books, and whole films came out of them.

And fire…

And fire too!

And then we played a game where we were saving animals for Noah’s ark, and the audience had to shout the names of animals to save, and I said ‘chickens!’

And I said ‘elephants’!

And Baba, who came with us, said ‘monkeys’. And someone in the audience said ‘hot dogs!’. And the Unicorn Lady shouted back: ‘Who said hot dogs!?’

 – and that was very funny!

~Who said hot dogs!?~

Ha ha ha ha ha!

But it was a very good show, and Mama said it was an important piece of theatre, and she said she liked it when the Unicorn Lady said ‘books are dangerous because they make you think’.

And then we stroked the acorn.

We did.

And we had ice cream.

Ice cream and juicy, and then pizza on the Grassmarket, some balloons, street comedians, the park, some more ice cream and then a bus home.

And Mama and Papa went to see the lady with chickenpox!

Yes, this one:

and they said she was a very good singer!

Then it rained the whole day on Sunday.

And Mama said we are going Scottish dancing.

And I don’t like to dance.

I like to dance.

And Deda likes to dance.

But nobody danced, because Joakim didn’t want to.

We all just watched from the doorway on the side.

This was at the Free Fringe. The dance show was called Ceilidh for Kids, but we saw another room with a microphone across the hallway, and Mama said she had to go to another show, but if we wanted to, we could stay here for Games with James afterwards.

And we did.

And Papa came.

Yes, Papa went up on the stage to help James, because no one else wanted to. And James put a horse’s head on Papa’s head, and then he had to play some game I didn’t understand, but it was really funny that Papa was doing it.

Papa didn’t laugh.

No, I don’t think Papa found it very funny.

He found it smelly!

Ha ha ha ha ha!

And James told him ‘Don’t worry it’s just the sweat of another fifty dads inside’.

Then Joakim went on stage.

Yes I went to play a Guess Who game.

Only, I didn’t go on stage. James didn’t pick me.

Aw, but that’s because you are very small and he was worried.

I am not small. I am four!

Well, you’re three and a half.

Even Deda did a show, only I didn’t.

Yes, that was at the Italian restaurant afterwards. Deda (that’s my grandad), did a show with the Italian owner. They sang ‘Cantare Volare’ into the microphone together, and Deda can’t sing, but he likes to sing loud, and everyone laughed. In Edinburgh, there are shows everywhere, and everyone can be in them.

But Mama saved the best for the last. Our absolute favourite, just before we left Edinburgh was-

Children are Stinky!

All the way from Australia!

Katarina, shall we do Jason and Kylie together?


I’ll be Jason and you be Kylie.


Kylie, did you fart?


Jason, you fart?

(You have to say ‘Jason, did you fart?’)

Jason, did you fart?


Who was it then?

Ha ha ha ha ha!

I love Jason and Kylie!

They were so funny!

And pretty.

I did a picture:

Who’s that, Katarina?

That’s the audience in chairs.

And this is us, but you spilt the water and made us all soaked:

That’s all right, because in Edinburgh everybody gets soaked anyway!

And, look, I did a picture of Jason and Kylie. Here it is:

(Mama helped me with the stacked chairs.)

I liked Edinburgh.

I liked it too. But I am so tired now, I’ll have to go to sleep.

Me too.

Night night, everybody! Nigh night! Till next year!

As told to Duška Radosavljević. Joakim and Katarina are Edinburgh fringe regulars: follow the links to find out about their trips to the fringe in 2018, in 2017, in 2016  in 2015 and 2014


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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