The Awfey Huge Variety Show

On Wednesday, 22 June, actor/comedian, panto legend and now River City star Andy Gray will host a fabulous show featuring a cast of exceptionally talented children from all over Edinburgh

The Awfey Huge Variety Show brings together all state-funded special schools in Edinburgh for a unique performance celebrating the creative talent of Young Learning Disabled Artists on Scotland’s biggest stage.

Presented and directed by Andy Gray with a little help from some of his celebrity friends, the event promises to be an ‘awfey huge variety’ extravaganza and is the very first of its kind.

Dancers, musicians, storytellers, animators, actors, film-makers, photographers and puppeteers

School pupils ranging in age from 7-18 from 12 schools, along with a group from WHALE Arts Centre, will  all be contributing to the show. Each school will be supported by a member of the new team of ‘Engagement Artists’ at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.

The team, comprising dancers, musicians, storytellers, animators, actors, film-makers, photographers and puppeteers, has been appointed to work with developing artists to draw out the very best of them according to their interests, abilities and talents.

“A dream come true”

“This is a dream come true,” said nine-year-old Kayleigh,from Prospect Bank School, who is taking part in the show.

Cat Sheridan, Learning & Participation Co-ordinator said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to these young performers to present their work on the largest stage in Scotland. The Trust which runs the Festival and King’s Theatres is fully committed to supporting the development of their voices, talents and ambitions.

“The Awfey Huge Fantastic Variety Show showcases their creativity and it’s a great privilege for us to give these young learning disabled artists a platform.”

Children from all of Edinburgh’s
special schools

The Awfey Huge Fantastic Variety Show follows on the success of Pilrig Park special school’s annual showcase, which has been presented at the Festival Theatre for the past 10 years.

In 2016, staff at the theatre saw the opportunity to get children from all of Edinburgh’s special schools involved and Andy Gray immediately offered his support to the project.

“We’re creating something new here,” said Andy Gray. “I feel tremendously proud to be part of it.”

Tickets for The Awfey Huge Fantastic Variety Show (priced £12) are on sale now – available in person at the Festival and King’s Theatre box offices or click here.