EdFringe Talk: The Bubble Show

“I have performed at Fringe Festivals as far as New Zealand and Edinburgh is by far the largest and greatest fringe in the world.”

WHO: The Bubble Man

WHAT: “Join Mr Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles! Interactive and suitable for all ages, The Bubble Show is a unique blend of magic, storytelling, science and bubble art! Actor, storyteller and Guinness World Record holder, The Highland Joker is one of the top bubble artists in the world. He is returning to Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his international award-winning performance! Join us as we journey together through the realms of Bubbleland!”

WHERE: Assembly George Square Gardens – Piccolo (Venue 3) 

WHEN: 10:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Super excited to be back in Edinburgh with The Bubble Show at Assembly Festival, George Square. Last time I was in Edinburgh with The Bubble Show was in 2019. Before that I used to perform street bubbles at the Fringe. I have performed at Fringe Festivals as far as New Zealand and Edinburgh is by far the largest and greatest fringe in the world.

What are the big things you’ve learned since 2019 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?

I used a lot of past two years, experimenting with my Bubble Art, developing new ideas, and rehearsing. Very much looking forward to bringing back some bubble fun to Edinburgh this summer.

Tell us about your show.

The Bubble Show is a family show, aimed at children 3-12, it’s a blend of storytelling, magic, science and bubble art. The show is always super popular, because bubbles are a universal thing of beauty. They are so simple yet so spiritual and profound. The show it lots of fun.

It is a one man show, produced and performed by Eran The Bubbles man, one of the top bubble artistes in the world.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

If you really love bubbles! Go and see the other bubble shows. My friends Kurt & Iulia perform Bubble Show for Adults Only. This is a late night show, not for the faint of heart!



“The Bubble Show” (Assembly George Square Gardens 10:40, AUG 15-26 : 10:40 : 60mins)

“Bubbleland is a real place, according to Mr Bubbles, a real place peopled by bubbles.”

Editorial Rating: 4 Stars: Nae Bad

There are two certain ways to get kids to disengage from whatever they are doing and excitedly focus on the novelty. The first is to enter the room and announce in a loud, clear voice, “Go Jetters to your stations.” Alternatively, one can enter singing “Go! Go! Go! Octonauts!” The outrage is real. The conclusion that you are the kind of halfwit who can’t even be trusted not to mix up the words to songs, is immediately, irreversibly drawn. The second method to get kids to stop whatever they are doing is more universal and has been since Cain, Abel and Seth were in pull-ups: bubbles.

Dr Johnson famously remarked that “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Less well known are the words that followed, “and if he be tired of bubbles why is a coxcomb knave whose very soul is decayed, possibly beyond remedy save only by the immediate and direct intercession of his personal redeemer.” Bubbles, in short, are brill.

Mr Bubbles enters to a crowd of all ages. Daughter 1.0, aged 4, is somewhere in the upper, lower middle of the range. The staging is simple. Only the set necessary to facilitate the magic that is to come. Mr Bubbles tells his life story. Born. falls in love with bubbles. Made to join the army. Gets out of army. Back to bubbles.

And what bubbles they are. BIG bubbles. Small bubbles. Fire bubbles (really). Helium bubbles. Steam-powered bubbles. Frothy bubbles. Smokey bubbles. Bubbles inside other bubbles. Treasures and artefacts brought (Parthenon Marbles style) back by Mr Bubbles from his journey to Bubbleland. Bubbleland is a real place, according to Mr Bubbles, a real place peopled by bubbles.

Mr Bubbles, is of a similar size and build to Justin Fletcher – although his army days have kept him somewhat trimmer, as Granny is quick to point out. He is young and his show feels like it will ripen with age. The truly high notes are yet to come. But the globetrotting graft that has gone in, makes for a flawless performance. He is not one of those hyperactive performers who think it their business to rile the kiddies up into a state of frenzy. His connection is personal and personable. The kids who join him on stage are confident and happy (although he could make more effort to select kids from further back).

The show is in two distinct halves. There’s the lively, jolly, a bit sciencey first half. Then there’s the sensory light and sound second half. The latter is when the very young ones fully engage. The whisps of squally discontentment lift life a helium bubble on its way to meet the houselights. Daughter 2.0 (19 months) would have loved the second half, although I think I would have had a job to keep her settled through the first. 

This is not a show that will blow your mind, but it’s gentle humour and obvious passion will lift your spirits. Daughter 1.0 leaves with a spring in her step and her face. Mr Bubbles (B.Ed.) has entrusted her and all the rest with the secret knowledge that life is better with bubbles. That was good sharing Mr Bubbles. Good sharing.

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Reviewer: Dan Lentell (Seen 12 August)

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