Moonbird

Children's Shows (theatre, family)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Captioning
    Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
    Hearing not needed
    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

'He doesn't listen for his name' said a father (who happened to be a king.) A tale of a family who don't know how to communicate. Can the Moonbird and animal friends show them that listening is not always about hearing? Handprint have inspired children for 10 years and now make their Fringe debut with this heart-warming story based on the popular book by Joyce Dunbar and Jane Ray. Supported by artsdepot and Pleasance Litmus, Moonbird was developed by Deaf and hearing creatives for deaf and hearing families.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Captioning
    Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard on far right. Entrance via gentle ramp.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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


Signed performances

  • Dates: 31 July, 1 August, 2 August, 3 August, 4 August, 5 August, 6 August, 7 August, 8 August, 9 August, 10 August, 11 August, 13 August, 14 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August, 18 August, 19 August, 21 August, 22 August, 23 August, 24 August, 25 August, 26 August
  • Interpreter: Full Cast - Nadeem Islam, William Grint, Marian Hoddy, Laura Goulden - Not Selected
  • Type: BSL
  • 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.

Watch the BSL video


Captioned performances

  • Dates: 31 July, 1 August, 2 August, 3 August, 4 August, 5 August, 6 August, 7 August, 8 August, 9 August, 10 August, 11 August, 13 August, 14 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August, 18 August, 19 August, 21 August, 22 August, 23 August, 24 August, 25 August, 26 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.

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 8 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: For the relaxed performance we will take out the blackouts, and lower the sound levels. There is moderate anger and no audience participation. A social story is available.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

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

Emma Lewis-Gibbs 35 days ago

Fantastic show for kids and adults really moving story with puppetry and dance definitely one to add to your fringe shortlist

Alex Covell 40 days ago

A children’s show that shares the beautiful, kind and heart warming story of a Prince who deserves to communicate. Filled with stunning visuals and projections this effective story of a silent prince leads us through a magical journey into the Moonbird forest where we laugh and find joy in the magic of communication and having a language of one’s own to share and be understood. The cast weave poetic visual storytelling and puppetry with comical characters that we find in this magical kingdom. A feast for the eyes, you will fall in love with the story and the beauty of communication.

Eilis Davis 41 days ago

This show is gorgeous.
It totally absorbed us all into their world.
Well worth it!
Thank you

C Morgan 46 days ago

This was my daughter’s favourite show of the fringe. She loved the magical animals who taught the prince how to communicate with his parents. It was a touching story, but also very funny.

We are a hearing family and enjoyed all the different ways the actors communicated with us, through words and sounds, but also though eyes and bodies and signs. It was a visually beautiful performance and as a parent I was so pleased to share this powerful message of inclusivity with my child. She is 7, but this show is suitable for younger children and would engage older children too.

My daughter also adored meeting the cast after the show and demonstrating the sign language she had learned. The cast were so generous with their time in talking to us and made our experience all the more special with this personal engagement.

Please go and see this play and support the lovely handprint theatre!


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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

With beautiful puppets and eccentric characters, audiences are whisked away to the moon in this pleasant fairytale. Moonbird is the story of young Orla, the son of a king and queen. However, these parents struggle, because they learn that Orla is deaf and cannot understand them in the way they...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

This enchanting production by Handprint raises the bar for children's theatre. Designed to be accessible, particularly to the deaf community, this is a show that proves communication exists well beyond the borders of language. With a powerful message interwoven with heart-warming humour, this show can be enjoyed by young and...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

This enchanting production by Handprint raises the bar for children's theatre. Designed to be accessible, particularly to the deaf community, this is a show that proves communication exists well beyond the borders of language. With a powerful message interwoven with heart-warming humour, this show can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

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FringeReview 40 days ago

Orla is a cheeky baby, only son of the King and Queen. Doting parents they cannot understand why he doesn’t respond to games of peeka-boo, or, when he is older, his name. No expense is spared in securing the services of even the most crack pot doctors to find a...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 41 days ago

Deaf people who use sign language often say it adds a whole different dimension to communication and understanding. ...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

Look for tickets... This quietly beautiful show, accessible to hearing and deaf audiences, is an absolute delight. Handprint Theatre presents Joyce Dunbar and Jane Ray’s poetic parable about communication using a range of methods inventively to create their own broad stage language that serves to add to the sense of...

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