I'll Take You to Mrs Cole!

Children's Shows (theatre, family)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Captioning
    Signed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

It's 1981 and ska music pulses. Young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world while Mum longs to return home to Barbados. When Jedi battles and forest adventures go too far, will Mum resort to the scariest threat of all? Accompanied by an original soundtrack and stunning video animation. A Complicité and Polka Theatre Co-Production. Directed by Complicité Associate Catherine Alexander. Based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman. 'A new Complicité show... is a ticket to another world' (Time Out) 'Arguably the country's best theatre company' (Times)

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Captioning
    Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info


Signed performances

  • Dates: 18 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 22 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Ben 29 days ago

Be good or I’ll take you to “I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole!”... Too many ideas, with a confused execution. Only the “Star Wars” section really worked.

Colin George 34 days ago

Anything that has the Complicite label attached is an instant draw. So our first show at the Fringe was, somewhat inevitably, I'll Take You to Mrs Cole! The story-line is simple, perhaps arguably a little too so, but the set, with its use of projection, and the energy and skill of the cast, coupled with an 80s Ska beat, the (to be expected) inventive use of everyday objects and enough historical references to keep us older adults amused, make this a rollicking show. There are very many laugh out loud moments - the Star Wars take will live long in the memory!

Philip Tucker-Bell 36 days ago

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!!

Such energy! Brilliant set!

Thank you.

Hugh Stanley 38 days ago

I caught this in Edinburgh a week ago and wow - it is a great show for kids and grown ups, underpinned by an awesome ska/reggae/two-tone/rocksteady inspired soundtrack with a really interesting peep into 80s UK politics and culture. Told with a big heart, a tonne of invention and nimble, lively performances. Get your tickets booked!

Peter Antolik 45 days ago

What a fantastic and thought-provoking piece, that works as well for kids as it does for their middle-aged children-of-the-80s parents. Reliving the joys, challenges and anxieties of the time (four minute warning anyone?), this powerful play makes its points about immigration, economic hardship and racism in a beautiful and subtle way, without becoming preachy or self-righteous. And all of it done with the backdrop of a wonderful musical ska/two-tone soundtrack. Brilliant.

The Ockerts 45 days ago

Fun, catchy music performed by an upbeat, active cast.

C Morgan 50 days ago

My 7 year old loved this show. We had an amazing conversation afterwards about how the piano player/DJ represented the inner voice of the central child character. She also launched into what was essentially an observation of gender/racial inequality. How great to watch theatre which can engage this kind of debate with your kids! Also plenty of crazy fun to keep her laughing.

Susan Ireland 50 days ago

We didn’t plan to see this, but it was a Nearby and Next, so we thought we’d give it a go! My 8 year old absolutely loved it.... perhaps she relates to the central character who desperately want to help mum, but is always being carried away into her own imagination, and trashing the house

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 20 days ago

This captivating piece of theatre, based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman, revolves around cultural differences, misperceptions and stereotypes. One could argue history is still repeating itself in today’s world, making this production so relevant for younger audiences. Two immigrant families live in close proximity, yet miles...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 31 days ago

"Rock, rock steady, reggae," goes the upbeat theme tune of this likeable and lively musical, adapted by Catherine Alexander from Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman's book. ...

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 33 days ago

With impressive animations and visuals, plenty of 'skanking' and lightsaber battles, Complicité’s 'I'll Take You To Mrs Cole!' is an 80’s paradise.

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FringeReview 36 days ago

This is a wonderful family show and I guarantee you will be singing the theme song under your breath for days. The Complicite Company has a track record for making outstanding work through extensive periods of research, bringing together performers, designers, writers, artists and others specialists from a range of...

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The List (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

Imaginative tale of two-tone music and single parenting...

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 50 days ago

Children's shows in Edinburgh tend to be top-notch and the family-friendly elements of the Fringe get better and better each year. Witness I'll Take You to Mrs Cole!, a new show from Complicité and Polka Theatre, which combines a skankilicious soundtrack, a teeny bit of politics and a lot of...

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