By D Cannon
It’s no secret that young children love bubbles, and The Amazing Bubble Man has been playing sell-out shows at the Fringe for the past six years.
It’s easy to forget just how captivating bubbles can be for children and adults alike, and this show has bubbles of almost every kind you can imagine: giant bubbles, bubbles in bubbles, kids in bubbles, helium-filled bubbles that float up to the ceiling, gravity-defying bubbles that travel along ropes. The Bubble Man himself, Louis Pearl, is a genial host, relaxed and full of a childlike playfulness which quickly engages the children in the audience. It’s a beautiful spectacle to watch, and there are also lots of opportunities for younger audience-members to come up onto the stage and assist.
The show is performed in one of the large, majestic halls of the Assembly Rooms, with a glittering chandelier which adds to the light-play. The room accommodates a large crowd, with the audience seated in front of the stage, and in two banks rising at 90 degrees to the main audience block. We sat in one of the side blocks, and still had a perfect view.
A little bit of bubble science is thrown in, but this never really breaks the flow of fun. Our audience ranged from babies to pre-teens, and it’s likely that older children, in particular those who like their entertainment to include plenty of action and drama, would find this a little gentle. It is perfect for the younger children who made up the bulk of our audience, though, and who were clapping, laughing, pointing and standing on their seats throughout. At fifty minutes, it just about sustained the attention of even the youngest children to the end.
The Amazing Bubble Man is a great family show that will provoke gasps of delight and provide plenty of laughs for both kids and adults.