The Smeds and The Smoos

Children's Shows (theatre, storytelling)

  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed 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 1 year


Soar into space with this exciting adaptation of the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. On a far-off planet, Smeds and Smoos can't be friends. So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, how will their families get them back? A joyful tale of star-crossed aliens for everyone aged three and up, with music, laughs and interplanetary adventures – from Tall Stories, the company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage. 'Perfect family viewing' ***** (

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Ramped entrance via driveway off main road. Seats while queuing available inside.
  • 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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 14 August, 18 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Includes some stars twinkling on a back screen. All sound levels will be adjusted. There is a moment where the Grandparents are cross/angry that the two younger characters have become friends. However, this is very brief. Includes some dialogue driven scenes, but the narrative is accessible and interspliced with songs and movement. Actors talk directly to the audience (as a whole, not individually). There are moments where the actors invite the audience to follow along with the actions from their seats (e.g. swimming), however this is optional and very brief. Any invitation to speak, move, or engage with the performers is optional. There is one moment in which two actors squirt the audience with water pistols but they do not aim directly at the audience. Please view the show pack for more information or contact [email protected]

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

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 sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

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

Cath Dyer 41 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this; there were a few polite jokes for adults sneaked in, and the show itself is funny with a good message. More to the point our granddaughter (2 yr 9months) was totally engrossed right through, clapped and waved and clearly got the story. Parties of small school kids also clearly enjoyed it.

Mary aged 4 and a half 44 days ago

I liked sort of the Joy jam and jumping song. Well I liked about it when they met. The actors were cool.

Stephanie Whitwell 51 days ago

My kids ages 5 and 3 thoroughly enjoyed this show. Great story and lots of fun songs and props. My kids loved all the funny aliens. Would recommend!

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One4review (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

The set design, puppetry, props, costumes, choreography, and performances are all spot-on in this tour-de-force family show that gives you everything you want from a Julia Donaldson story on stage.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

There are few Fringe shows aimed at pre-school and early primary years children more reliable than the Tall Stories company's adaptations

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Edinburghfestivalsforkids (5/5 stars) 50 days ago

‘Joy and jam and jumping’….I challenge anyone seeing this show to not leave singing this catchy tune!

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