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Vive le Fringe ! 2021: Granny Smith

From 6 August 2021 11:00 to 30 August 2021 12:00

Granny Smith

Theatre Transformations

55mins approx. | 5+
Genre: Theatre, Masks, Solo show

Everyday 6-30 August (no performances on Sundays)
11:00 am


Admission £8 | £6 Concession
Please note that wearing a face-covering is compulsory in the performance space

If all dates are sold out on the IFE box office,
more tickets might be available through the Fringe box office

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About the show:

Granny Smith loves cooking (especially cakes!) so much she used to teach it at schools in Britain. But when she retired she indulged her other love – France. Now completely settled in there she chatters away in English, French and the two combined, about her gymnastics classes, her house, her life in France – and of course, her cooking. Join us for a show full of humour and gentle instruction on language and cooking. You might be invited into Granny’s kitchen to browse her recipe book and to try out your French. She’ll show you how to make a great French mint tea – which you can share afterwards, with French pear crumble and a demonstration of masks.

Granny Smith adore cuisiner (surtout les gâteaux !) à tel point qu’elle l’enseignait dans des écoles britanniques. Mais quand elle a pris sa retraite, elle s’est livrée à son autre amour – la France. Maintenant complètement installée là-bas, elle bavarde en anglais, français et les deux combinés, sur ses cours de gymnastique, sa maison, sa vie en France – et bien sûr, sa cuisine. Rejoignez-nous pour un spectacle plein d’humour et d’instructions douces sur la langue et la cuisine. Vous pourriez être invité dans la cuisine de Granny Smith pour parcourir son livre de recettes et parler français. Elle vous montrera comment faire du thé à la menthe français - que vous pourrez partager ensuite avec un crumble aux poires et une démonstration de masques.


"Bonjour! The show hasn’t even started yet but already we are being greeted and instantly we warm to the friendly, French-speaking star of the show. Many may be intimidated by the concept of an interactive performance, but there’s certainly no need to be afraid of Granny Smith. She is kind, friendly and funny, so it is easy to warm to her. Interactions are frequent and fun, ranging from learning French to helping Granny with cooking, and I would certainly recommend joining in. Time constraints unfortunately meant that the show felt a little rushed towards the end; I fear that I might have missed out on other interesting antics from Granny. But even so it was certainly packed full of fun. Throughout the show, Granny Smith was consistently funny and it was clear that the audience enjoyed themselves, both adults and children. Her facial expressions and gestures were cleverly portrayed to have the whole audience laughing. Overall, I would say this is a unique mix of French, cooking and even ‘gymnastics’, all with a fun and humorous feel." Seraphina Allard, Barnstaple Fringe Festival.


Face coverings are compulsory to move around the building. A one-way system is in place throughout the building with an entrance via George IV Bridge only and exit via West Parliament Square. Hand sanitisers are available in the building. Find out more about what we are doing to keep you safe here.

Booking is mandatory. Please book your ticket online or contact us at 0131 285 6030 to reserve your ticket.

Access Details
Institut français d’Ecosse, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st Floor)
West Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF
The IFE and its Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are fully accessible with step-free access.

Institut Français Écosse 2022