We were invited along to see The Shark in the Park Show at the Edinburgh Festival and as we were intending to go along on the Sunday to see something anyway, I of course said yes.
The boys and I had read Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt a few times last year, borrowing the book from the library, but neither of them could quite remember the book. The show actually features all 3 books; Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day.
We picked up our tickets from the box office at George Square and headed back around to the George Square Theatre queue ready for the show. At exactly 10am we were allowed inside and sat down ready for the show to start, which fortunately didn’t take long.
There was no photography allowed during the show, except for the final song where they invited everyone to take a photo, so apologies for the lack of photos of the show itself!
Shark in the Park has a cast of 3, Timothy Pope who the book’s are written about and his dad, plus a third cast member who had the job of being everyone else! The show starts off the night before Timothy’s birthday where he hopes he might just get the best birthday present ever, a telescope. This part probably resonates with the parents the most as he keeps making up excuses not to sleep, whilst his dad tries to convince him it would be his birthday quicker if he would just go to sleep.
Of course his birthday arrives and Timothy is thrilled to receive the much wanted telescope. He and his father head off to the park to look for sharks. They meet many friends at the park and Timothy thinks he has spotted several sharks, but each one turns out to be something else, including his dad’s hair and a neighbour’s dog. After such a lovely birthday they head home again.
That evening Timothy has a strange dream where he’s out by the sea looking for a Great White Shark, his dad is sailing a boat and he flies on the back of a familiar looking seagull. He again finds many not-quite-sharks, including the top of a sail and a seagull and eventually wakes up in his bed, hoping for another fun shark hunting day at the park.
Unfortunately this time it’s quite windy and whilst getting blown around they spot several things caught in the breeze that resemble sharks, Mr O loved it when the ‘dog’ came up into the audience to say hello!
The show was an hour long and both our boys were mesmerised the entire time, having no problem sitting still to watch it. They were also both happily singing the Shark in the Park song along the street afterward, so clearly they enjoyed themselves.
We couldn’t fault the show at all and give it 5 stars out of 5. Well worth a visit if you can, it’s open until August 29th at 10am each morning. Or enter the competition below to win family tickets to Shark in the Park at the Festival, competition runs Monday-Wednesday this week.