One Duck Down

Children's Shows (musical theatre, puppetry)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
    Sight not needed
    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


One Duck Down. 7000 rubber ducks. Seven Seas. One big adventure! Inspired by a true tale (featured on Blue Planet II) that saw 7000 rubber ducks cast adrift in a mighty storm, jam packed with music, clowning and puppetry and with a set and props which are recycled from the lost and found of rubbish both on land and at sea, join us on an ocean clear-up adventure that would make David Attenborough proud. Winner of Family Show of the Year at Vault Festival 2018 ***** (

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
    Sight not needed
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. Lift access through Pleasance Bar — ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • 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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 18 August, 25 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: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • 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
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience invited on stage
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area

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, Georgia, Layla & Jacobi 108 days ago

This was our five-year-old son’s favourite show of the entire fringe. He absolutely loved it!, and we saw about 10 children’s shows. Brilliantly conceived, terrifically performed, and with a lasting story that will resonate with all ages. Well done for performing such a heartfelt production.

Katie Chabriere 108 days ago

This show is genius! Visually and musically highly entertaining for kids 3-10 yrs but just as entertaining for adults. Great puns and innuendos! Fab music, awesome recycled props and costumes and perhaps most importantly a strong environmental message that gets across without altering any of the fun! Take your kids to see this!

Laz McD 116 days ago

Fab family show. Funny and tuneful with a message, delivered by a very likeable and talented cast. We loved it.

TinaC 120 days ago

This is everything you could possibly want in a kid's show. Utterly captivating with a little message about climate change & sea pollution. Loved the feminist gulls, Alfredo & the musical puns. What a fab start to the day!

Paul 121 days ago

My 3 year old daughter's favourite show

Charis 121 days ago

Great show, really enjoyed it and so did my daughter. The songs were great, they should release an album

Polly Tarrant 122 days ago

Wonderful show, great performers, songs, characters and love the subtle underlying environmental lessons. Absolutely 5 stars from me and my 5 yr old daughter. Highly recommend, a must see.

tom pickering 124 days ago

A good show, with an entertaining story for the kids, and enough hidden jokes fo the adults to keep you on your toes. Slick production, enthusiastic and able cast, and tunful songs. Well worth a visit

Helen Hogg 129 days ago

Brilliant show for kids. Funny, engaging and with a great message. Excellent cast. Loved it.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

Festival-goers with young children to entertain will find plenty to enjoy in FacePlant Theatre’s One Duck Down. This lively family show is a charming mix of comedy and music, with an ecological theme.

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Primary Times 111 days ago

One Duck Down is an energetic and entertaining show with a strong environmental message. [...] As Billy tries to complete his quest there are catchy songs, groanworthy puns, great costumes and lots of laughs.

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Edinburgh Festival For Kids (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

Upbeat songs and plenty of jokes enhance this production with an important message at it’s core – the seas are full of plastic and it certainly isn’t fantastic !

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 118 days ago

Based on the true story of 7000 rubber ducks being cast adrift, ‘One Duck Down’ is an endearing tale of one man’s attempt to collect the ducks. It’s an avenue for tackling important issues such as ocean waste and climate change in an accessible way. Each scene welcomes an interesting...

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The List (3/5 stars) 121 days ago

Engaging tale highlights the perils of plastic...

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