Mum, Tiger and Sophie from Tiger Who Came To Tea show

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

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Wed 12 Aug 2015

The Edinburgh Fringe has begun and it was time for our annual toddler trip this week. Each year, my “mummy friends” and I take our kids to see something at the festival. This time we chose a show called The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the Pleasance Grand.

We were already familiar with the book, a children’s classic, published in 1968. The story is very simple – Sophie and her Mum are sitting down to tea when a tiger arrives at the door. He comes in, eats and drinks absolutely everything in the house, then leaves. So I was unsure how they were going to make the play last for an hour. But they did an excellent job of this by elaborating on the story without actually changing it, and keeping in all the bits the kids remembered from the book. There were also many songs – so catchy I have been singing the main one in my head for the last 2 days!

Sophie on Tiger's back

The only thing I was concerned about was that my 2 year old daughter might be scared of the tiger. Mainly because all morning she had been telling me that she didn’t like tigers and didn’t want to go see one. However, they were very clever in the way the introduced him. She was fine and actually found him quite funny.

The three actors were fantastic and very engaging with their young audience. An adult actress actually played the little girl Sophie, but it worked surprisingly well. Sophie and her Mum were on stage most of the time, while the Dad kept going away and coming back as various other characters including the Tiger. The props were brilliant too with food appearing and disappearing as if by magic. This kept me entertained as I tried to figure out how they did it.

I would absolutely recommend The Tiger Who Came to Tea to families with young children. Our large group of Mums and toddlers all had a great time. The show is on in Edinburgh at 10 am every day for the rest of the month.

The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ