Spotlites google+ page Spotlites Wordpress Spotlites Youtube Spotlites Pinterest page Spotlites Tumblr page Spotlites Storify Spotlites myspace page Spotlites Instagram
Show Reviews & Social Media

"Outstanding Show" - Fringereview

Our eight year-old and three of his friends attended the Harry Potter Wizard School, the Narnia and the Star Wars workshops at 930am for an hour at Spotlites.

Led by Spotlites performers (do they ever rest?) these are warm hearted and skilfully delivered sessions. We received reports of storytelling, games involving finding things, facing the baddies and even some face make up.

Doing a bit of digging as the adult reviewer not allowed in, I discoverreal performers, offering an hour that plays with simplicity, gets the children doing drama in a non-threatening way, giving everyone a chance to be involved, and lighting up their imaginations quickly and without resorting to gimicks and what I'll called "garish CBBCism".

These sessions are not adorned with plastic light sabers or wands but are based on simple imagination and drama games with a story or two thrown in.

In each session the essential elements of Potter, Narnia, Dr Who, or Jedi are covered and the kids find themselves immersed in the essence of the stories, and not a flickering screen in sight. When sonic screwdrivers are invoked, it's with a sense of playfulness rooted in the real imagination. That's rare up here at the Fringe, which often seeks to over-stimulate and poke the nintendo toddlers with a neon stick. Not so, Spotlites who carry traditional theatre and family values at heart, even unto the moment of seeing each child safely off the premises.

Particular favourites for our young'n were the Quidditch match and Dealing with Voldemort!

They particularly enjoyed it when they were "doing stuff", and wanted it to last longer ! One niggle: All three said they'd have like to have been offered a glass of water.

These sessions engage the children by using theatre to immerse them in things they usually read about and mostly sit passively watching. They put children into an imagination space without unnecessary gimmicks and reliance on garish colours and gadgetry. Big plus that !The children arrive at 1030 looking refreshed and enlivened. What more could you ask?

Our 8 year-old and his two friends, one eight and one nine, went to different workshops.

Star Wars - The Force Unleashed on Monday 13th August
Harry Potter - Wizard School on Tuesday 14th August
Narnia - Knights and Princesses on Wednesday 15th August
The Jedi and The Timelords on Saturday 18th August.

Star ratings ranged consistently in the fours and fives!

Reviewed by Paul Levy and his Jedi Young Reviewers

Various dates from 13th August 2012

Spotlites Theatre Productions

Drama Workshops for 5-12s

CRB-checked staff. Drop and collect! £6 10am (1 hour)

'Wow-tastic' (BritishTheatreGuide)

Jedi Knight Academy

Tues 30th July
Master the Force! Lightsabres ready!

Weds 31st July
Beat Voldermort Forever!

Thurs 1st Aug
Stop Barbie's evil manager from stealing the show!

Fri 2nd Aug
Exterminate! Sonic Screwdrivers ready to defeat the Dalek Army!

Sat 3rd Aug
Fight alongside William Wallace!

Mon 5th Aug
The Dark Side! Force Lightning & Lightsabres!

Tues 6th Aug
Join Iron Man, Captain Ameica and Hulk to stop Loki's evil plan!

Weeping Angels, Cybermen & Daleks
Weds 7th Aug
Don't blink! Exterminate! Delete!

Thurs 8th Aug
Save the Galaxy!

Fri 9th Aug
Board the ghost ship! Battle the Kracken! Save Captain Jack Sparrow!

Sat 10th Aug
Discover the secrets in the Winter Woods!

Mon 12th Aug
Quiddith, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions & Duelling!

Tues 13th Aug
Potions with George! Magic with Matlida! Dream with the BFG!

Weds 14th Aug
Join Mystery Inc. Catch the spooky ghosts!

Sat 17th Aug
Lightsabres and sonic screwdrivers ready! Defeats the Daleks and the Sith!

Sun 18th Aug
Join S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop the Alien Invasion!

Sat 24th Aug
Rule the Galaxy with Dual Lightsabres!

Sun 25th Aug
Deafeat the T-Rex with Blasters!


Spotlites' twitter

Performer's website


£6 10am (1 hour)

CRB-checked staff. Drop and collect!

Group discount: 10% off for groups of 10+

2for1 on Mon 5th & Tues 6th

Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall
Venue 278. 22 Hanover Street. EH2 2EP

Just up from National Gallery. Venue Box Office: 0131 220 5911

Click here for Multimap of the venue

© Spotlites Theatre Productions Ltd

Spotlites Social Media