The Ghost of Sadie Kimber

Making Light Productions

Spotlites

From 05 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Rating: ***

Review by Graeme Strachan

If there's a flaw in the Edinburgh Fringe programme's catagory system, it's that the space between children's shows and theatre means some shows fall through the cracks, being too advanced for the 'children' section but potentially lost in the theatre pages.

The Ghost of Sadie Kimber straddles the line as one of those such plays. Based on Pat Moon's 1998 novel of the same name, the play from Making Light has all the simplicity of a child's ghost story adventure.

The story follows a new family moving into a new home in the late 1990s, where the youngest daughter Sarah invents an imaginary friend, who turns out to be far more than she seems.

Meanwhile, Laura, the elder sister, who notices there's something wrong and correctly guesses the supernatural is involved and drags her grumpy brother Nick along with the investigation.

There's a pleasant charm to this sort of Fringe fun, with the young cast clearly having great fun playing well below their real ages. While the production and staging has a definite no frills feel to it, that doesn't really detract from the experience.

But it's one that will suit a family outing or grandparents looking for something fun for grandkids a little too old for the 'kids' shows.