Top PG-rated shows
We drag our kids round the best shows and theatre from Edinburgh Festival, so you don't have to!
The Noise Next Door
The Noise Next Door bring musical comedy with a difference to #DeerShed8! Outlandish characters, perfectly-timed punchlines, catchy tunes and hilarious lyrics make for one of the best music-based comedy acts in the country
Anarchic, immaculately planned chaos blends together to create a side-splitting family friendly version of their show, aimed at people aged 8 to 108!
Regulars on both TV and radio and gaining fans all around the country, this is a show you do not want to miss. We can guarantee that The Noise Next Door boys will spread pandemonium all around Baldersby Park
Jarred Christmas & Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party
Jarred Christmas is one of New Zealand’s finest exports to the UK in recent times. His humour strikes a perfect balance between juvenility and an ability to constantly command any crowd’s attention. Hobbit (aka Jack Hobbs), the son of a blues musician and pianist, is the UK’s finest beatboxer. When the two combined their performing prowess, The Great Comedy Beat Box Party was born!
Music from the mouth; jokes from the mouth; a loop station; a tubby man dancing; theme tunes; beat box battles that Eminem can only dream of rapping over; games; prizes and loads of laughter. The show will delight and surprise Deer Shedders from start to finish.
Toby Hadoke presents For the Love of Doctor Who
Toby Hadoke is the archetypal Whovian. Connecting the best of both his critically acclaimed shows along with never before seen material, and encompassing his continued love affair with the Doctor, he presents For the Love of Doctor Who.
An intelligent and thoughtful comedic wordsmith, Hadoke has been at the top of his game for over ten years – his experience and standing are unrivalled. His quick wit and charming audience banter make him a disarming comedian who can liven up any lacklustre crowd, or tame a feisty one, without him ever losing his unique comedy styling as a self-deprecatory and amusingly vexed curmudgeon, whom it is impossible to dislike. Allons-y, Toby!
Kane & Abel present Breaking the Magicians' Code
What’s that old adage? Ah yes...a magician never reveals their secrets. Well in the Google age, nothing much is secret anymore, which probably presents more than a few problems to the newest generation of magicians.
Kane & Abel, however, are embracing this fact with their hilariously silly magic show, Breaking the Magicians' Code. Fully aware that they will be disappointing the elders of traditional magic, the twin brothers will be educating young Deer Shedders about how to pull off some of the best tricks known to the world of magic in the hope that they will inspire many new witches and wizards to pick up a hat and wand, and begin to practise the dark arts.
Keith Farnan presents Kidocracy
Let's face it: western politics currently resembles a load of juvenile children squabbling between themselves. Why not, then, actually witness how a group of young people could stand up as leaders in the face some of the world's worst tyrants?
If Kidocracy all sounds a bit too Lord of the Flies for your liking, there's no need to worry – the interactive show for children aged 6+ and, of course, the rest of the family, is presented by Keith Farnan, who has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show. Keith appears as his alter ego, Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all, who begins the show by declaring the children in the audience have their own island to rule and must subsequently elect their leaders, write a national anthem, make laws, and deal with crises. As you can imagine, chaos ensues. Thank heavens there are more mature minds working on Brexit...
PIF-PAF presents BEE CART
Bombus and Borage have left the hive with their surreal and all too real BEE CART loaded with inventions and super sized wonders from the natural world. Wonder at the energy needed to take off with the Flapper-winger-tronerators. Feel the power of the Buzz-pollinator. AND with your own eyes see what happens when you pollinate your own school friends and teachers. All this and you discover what you can do to help our tiny furry friends.
Delve into the world of Bees, learn the waggle dance and try out their Buzz Pollenator or their Flapper-Winger-Tronerators, meet a giant Varroa Mite, and maybe even get your nose pollinated! The Bee Cart has been developed and toured extensively with support from The Co-operative Plan Bee. It was commissioned in 2009 by the British Science Association.
PIF-PAF presents SEED
Pif-Paf’s SEED is a poetic, surprising and inspiring hitch-hike on the journey from small acorns to great oak trees with a man who plants trees where he shouldn’t. This man is Wilford, a rockabilly tree planting anarcho-nomad moving in the unseen shadows in his mobile shed home – on the run from his arch-enemies, the robot slug police, out to get him for his contraband seeds.
SEED is Pif-Paf returning to its foundations, taking a surreal, loving, poetic and thoroughly researched look at the struggles of nature as we pave over it and it carries on through the cracks. An intimate and explosive static street show, SEED is full of captivating images, live and specially composed music, Pif-Paf’s trademark Heath Robinson meets Mad Max inventions and a journey into the life of the young and ancient beings that we walk under every day. It is a day in the life of Wilford as he struggles against the odds.
Mufti Games presents MASSIVE BATTLESHIPS
Back by popular demand after a triumphant showing at Deer Shed 7, Mufti Games will be presenting two different fully immersive, live action games for young people to take part in. A super-sized team version of the classic naval guessing game, played across public spaces. The cowardly Captain has abandoned his post, leaving just the brave but clueless cabin-boy in charge of the whole fleet! Will you step aboard to save the day? Using binoculars, flags and flashcards to signal spectacular hits and unlucky misses hundreds of yards apart, it’s all hands on deck to try and sink the enemy’s aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines before they sink yours. Join the crew and use all your cunning to call in the shots and plot your opponents’ downfall.
If you're struggling to visualise such a spectacle, this might help a little.
Mufti Games presents L_VE HANGMAN
A life-sized, 3D version of the timeless pen and paper favourite, reimagined as a macabre light-entertainment gameshow from the 70s. The fate of the condemned is in your hands…. can you guess the mystery words to win, or is the malevolent host going to get his way? Get it wrong and watch him swing! Pick a letter to play the highest-stakes spelling game in town. With a catchy original soundtrack, tongue-in-cheek puppetry and dodgy dress sense, L_ve Hangman is wicked interactive fun for all ages.
Get a taste for what lies ahead in the gallows with this trailer.
ComedySportz UK is a fast-paced improv comedy show where two teams battle it out for the biggest laughs. The players create quick witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them by the audience to create a show that’s fast, feelgood and always unpredictably funny. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway, if the performers had downed ten cans of energy drink each before they took the stage. There's a referee on hand to steer the entertainment, call any fouls, and help the audience decide the winner.
The ability of these performers to improvise hilariously at the drop of a hat will make them a hit for both young and old at #DeerShed8.
Hyde Park Brass present The Great Northern Brass Off
We just love this rabble of brass-tooting lunatics. Since forming at university in 2015, Hyde Park Brass have played everything from bars and clubs to Christmas markets, weddings and festivals. No matter where they play though, you can bet they will get the crowd on their feet dancing, the young ones smiling, and the party flowing.
Always ready to take any old setting and set it alight with their infectious, raucous tuneage, Hyde Park Brass will be presenting The Great Northern Brass-off, which sounds a little bit like they will be sword fighting or duelling with their trumpets… we can only hope!
Story Pocket Theatre presents Pub Quiz for Kids with Patrick Monahan
A runaway hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this brand new family fun quiz is unlike anything you have seen before. Created the genius quizmasters at Story Pocket Theatre and hosted by one of the UK’s favourite stand-ups, Patrick Monahan, this quiz will go where no quiz has gone before.
Story knowledge and music rounds mix with the mystery round where we know the questions but only one person can know the answer. And that person's in the audience. Confused? So are we! You may not learn very much general knowledge but you’ll definitely find out a thing or two about the people sitting near you – and maybe yourself as well! Fantastic fun for the whole family together. So, prepare for fierce competition, lots of laughs…but very few prizes.
Bellow Theatre presents The Washerwomen's Warning
Persil and Ariel run the local laundrette. They spend their days under piles of grubby underwear, stained shirts, and soap suds. It’s an old family business of their grandmother's, who always said, 'a rinse, lather, and scrub seems shorter with a story'. So, they're overworked and underappreciated but they always make time to tell a tale. As they start to tell of an old Breton legend about a vengeful washerwoman spirit they begin to feel a little rebellious themselves. Will they get to finish the story? Or will their past come out in the wash? And who will be hung out to dry?
In a mixture of songs, stories, and odd socks, Bellow Theatre cause some family friendly, fairy liquid fuelled chaos.
Levantes Dance Theatre
Eleni Edipidi and Bethanie Harrison met in 2000 at university and subsequently formed Levantes Dance Theatre in 2005. Since then they have produced many a loud, colourful and magical performance through the company with a focus on educating young people about the rewards of exploring the endless delights of dance.
This year, Levantes Dance Theatre will be appearing at #DeerShed8 with their amazing dance theatre walkabout act. They will present Deer Shedders with a captivating dance theatre show using humour, acrobatic movement and stunning visuals.
Paul Cookson presents Family Twist
Paul Cookson is a children's entertainer who has written over sixty books - most of them funny and all of them with poems in. Paul is this year heading to #DeerShed8 to present his popular show Family Twist which underlines the importance of friendship and fun to children and families.
Family Twist is the perfect family show where you – parents and children, young and old alike – actually become the show. Come along and do a poem, sing, dance, sketch, play a tune or juggle with toilet rolls! Laughter guaranteed. WARNING: May Contain Ukuleles!
It wouldn’t be Deer Shed Festival without skies full of bubbles. Always a favourite among the kids (and adults), ten-time Guinness World Record holding, self-titled bubbleologist Samsam Bubbleman is back with his ever-popular bubble shop and unmissable performance in the Big Top. Jarvis Cocker once told Sam "Your bubbles blew my mind", and who are we to argue with the great Mr Cocker?