Adventure Bubble Show with Milkshake is playing in the theSpaceTriplex – Big venue at 10am during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival until the 20th of August.
This mesmerising and unique bubble show is a perfect production for young children both delighting and awing them as the anticipation, delicate set ups and eventual crafted bubble structures ramp up in complexity and difficulty across the set.
With an eight and two-year-old in tow (which is quite a gap) I found that both children were engaged throughout as the bulk of the non-bubble material is pitched mostly via the physical comedy of the wonder-creators Dr. Bubbles and Milkshake, a doll-come-to-life who creates much mischief.
And then of course there is the wonder of the bubbles. What we are treated to is two highly skilled bubble crafters who make it look like what they do is easy, when in fact what they achieve is incredibly refined, well thought out and complex. This often denotes the true nature of a master of art; the ability to hide from us just how difficult it is.
Adventure Bubble Show with Milkshake have sensory friendly performances upcoming, which I would recommend for the very young, as the show I saw was loud enough that I regretted not having ear defenders for my littlest one. In performance terms, criticism can only be levelled at the dynamic between Milkshake and Dr Bubbles who both play petulant, meaning the children have little to turn to in terms of beginning to associate with a protagonist to root for and guide them through the journey of the hour.
But let’s face it, we’re not here for a story. We are here for the wonder of those shiny, floaty, rainbow infused globes of joy. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to work with such a fickle element as soapy water, air and the mysterious magic smoke that they occasionally blow into the bubbles for added effect. Whether they use rings, strings, ropes, bare hands or something that seems to resemble some kind of indigenous dart pipe, the Adventure Bubble Show with Milkshake never fails to draw the ooohs, aaahs and much cherished spontaneous rounds of applause that their skill deserves. A wonderful hour of fun for young kids.