Sparkle

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  • Summerhall - TechCube 0
  • 10:20
  • Aug 20-25
  • 40 minutes
  • Suitability: 3+ (1-8)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Annie Cusick Wood, Honolulu Theatre Production supported by Catherine Wheels
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation
  • Accessibility:
    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
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Description

Scottish theatre-maker Annie Cusick Wood worked with companies such as Visible Fictions and Catherine Wheels before moving to Hawaii where she collaborates with Hawaii's Honolulu Theatre for Youth. This timely show, designed by Karen Tennent, celebrates diversity and the power of believing in yourself. Sparkle, who loves to dress in tutus, tiaras and sparkly dresses, finds on his first day of school that not everyone wants to let him shine. In this playful and poignant show, Sparkle discovers the magnificence of standing up for himself and being unique – even in his own sparkly slippers.

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General venue access

  • Captioning
    Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, take the access ramp into the main reception, take a right down the corridor, past the cafe, through a corridor with neon strip lights in the walls(slightly inclined), past the red lecture and through the double doors into the ground floor of tech cube.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • 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: 20 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.

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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 5 August, 14 August, 23 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
  • 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: 7 August, 14 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:

  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Audience chill out area

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • 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
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • 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

linda solazzo 8 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this show on so many levels. Not least, it was entertaining and well acted. I loved the imagery that linked to the thought provoking content. This show could be for anyone, we could all identify with its themes, or quite simply we could remember being a little child. Sensitively done, I would recommend this to families, children and adults alike.

Joe Brian McArthur 8 days ago

2 actors at the top of their game, a story that is everybody’s story because we have all been told “no” or thought we had to give up on something because others said so- it’s a story for children teenagers and adults- beautifully engaging, creatively staged, constructed and crafted with insight and true understanding. Has a message that is particularly resonant today.
Thoroughly recommend you don’t miss this.

Henrietta h 9 days ago

My 4 year-old was mesmerised from the beginning to the end. A beautiful story with an important message behind it was cleverly presented. The highlight for my daughter was to hold up puppet children to help them watch the show Sparkle presented to his friends at the end. Highly recommended for young children.

Lewis Pugh 12 days ago

A very impressive and important show that left me ( a 19 year old man) in tears. The story was told beautiful and was visually beautiful, definitely an important show for young children to watch - a young girl next to me was constantly asking her mum questions such as ‘why does he want to hear a dress’ showing this show is opening important dialogue and questions from young people.

Mhairi Crawford mckee 16 days ago

I took my 11 year old to see Sparkle today. I thought I was going to see a kids show with a pc message. What I saw, through the beautiful writing and creative direction of Annie Cusack Wood, was a person, just like you or I, who felt they had to suppress or even hide who they really were in order to survive in their society. I saw how the beauty and naivety of childhood was tainted so quickly by prejudice of others. There were so many moments that moved me as an adult; the image of the boy placing his sparkle in the bin as he tried to conform to someone else’s idea of normality. The way the children were involved by holding up a diverse range of puppets willing to support Sparkle at the end. This is a show for everyone and it’s story will resonate with me and my daughter for a long time. I’d go back tomorrow if I could so please get up early and go see for yourself.

Laura Hoskins 16 days ago

I went to see Sparkle with a large family group comprising grandparents, parents and kids. We were all mesmerised by this gem of a wee show. Sparkle is a beautiful tale of a wee boy who doesn’t quite fit in when he starts school. The acting is sublime and the story is universal. Kids of all ages (3-103) will love its gentle and uplifting message. Really recommend it. Summerhall is a great Fringe venue too.


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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 7 days ago

There’s a lovely dream-like quality to this beautifully staged show for the very young, about of a boy who likes to wear sparkly dresses....

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 7 days ago

It’s the first day of school. Sparkle dons various sparkly things, dodging the sensible shoes, blazer and tie proffered by his guardian angel. He looks forward to doing his show at school, but ends up picked-upon and, eventually, takes the guardian angel’s guidance about dressing sensibly and fitting in. That...

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 8 days ago

Sparkle is a beautiful and important play for children aged three to eight. Originally created by its director Annie Cusick Wood for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth in Hawaii, this Edinburgh Fringe production is supported by leading Scottish children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels. The piece is performed delightfully by Christina...

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An Organised Mess 8 days ago

Everyday should start with Sparkle. The joy brought through Annie Cusick Wood’s collaboration with Hawaii’s Honolulu Theatre for Youth in a celebration of diversity is a great start to the day.

The production presents this timely story with joy and poignancy. Whilst there is an appreciation of the sadness experienced, it is his acceptance that anything- anyone- can be transformed which creates the heartwarming finale.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 10 days ago

“Love your sparkles!” is the rallying cry that Annie Cusick Wood weaves into this heart-warming work for young children (ages 3+) that reaches out, tellingly, to their adults as well. Wood’s championing of everyone’s right to be themselves is rooted...

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Primary Times 11 days ago

Sparkle is the story of a little boy’s first day at school - he enjoys dressing up in sparkly costumes and tutus, including a sparkly gown for his pet caterpillar Gilbert.

It was a lovely gentle performance with an important message, funny and poignant, we all enjoyed it (children aged 5 and 7 years).

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Edinburgh Festival For Kids (4/5 stars) 11 days ago

Sparkle loves his tutus, his twinkly shoes, his glittery notebook and, more than anything, his pet caterpillar Gerald. The first day of school is always a mixture of excitement and nerves, and while Sparkle is determined to spread his glitter and magic amongst his new friends, others are anxious – watching from afar to see how the days will unfold. Sparkle forms brilliant first friendships but also faces confusing discrimination and anger. Inventive puppetry, limited dialogue and simple props help the story to unfold at a perfect pace for a younger audience -allowing children to explore their response to some of the difficult themes and share in the ultimate joy and celebration.

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Edinburgh Festival For Kids (4/5 stars) 11 days ago

Sparkle loves his tutus, his twinkly shoes, his glittery notebook and, more than anything, his pet caterpillar Gerald. The first day of school is always a mixture of excitement and nerves, and while Sparkle is determined to spread his glitter and magic amongst his new friends, others are anxious – watching from afar to see how the days will unfold. Sparkle forms brilliant first friendships but also faces confusing discrimination and anger. Inventive puppetry, limited dialogue and simple props help the story to unfold at a perfect pace for a younger audience -allowing children to explore their response to some of the difficult themes and share in the ultimate joy and celebration.

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The List (3/5 stars) 11 days ago

Beautiful message of acceptance and bravery...

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