‘Second wind’ for princess at Fringe

Princess Pumpalot
Princess Pumpalot

SHE may already be the star of her very own book, but next month, Princess Pumpalot can add an Edinburgh Festival Fringe show to her repertoire too.

The popular children’s book character, who was first unleashed on kids only last year, was created by Robin Mitchell, a Leven local who now lives in Edinburgh.

Following on from the great success of the book, which centres around the tom-boy Princess who has a penchant for breaking wind, Robin has joined forces with director Liam Rudden, who was at the helm of last year’s Alhambra Pantomime, for the children’s fringe show.

And the icing on the cake is a fantastic venue in the form of George Street’s Assembly Rooms Theatre ballroom.

“I went to Liam for advice, because I thought ‘this is quite panto-like’, and he really loved the book,” said Robin, whose father Rollo Mitchell was former head at Parkhill Primary School.

“I thought we would just have a nice wee venue, but here we are with just the perfect royal venue. You have to start high!’

And Robin isn’t the only local involved in bringing the tooting princess to life – star of the stage and local lass Donna Hazelton will be putting on her finest frock and crown to play the Queen.

“When I mentioned to Liam about getting Donna involved, he thought it was a great idea,” said Robin.

And Donna can’t wait to get started!

She said: “It’s going to be great fun. We have the most fantastic venue and although I didn’t know Robin before, but we ‘ve found out we have so much in common. It’s great to be working with someone local.”

She added: “I know it might seem like a kids’ show, but adults will love it too, because we all love a bit of toilet humour. I’m hoping all Levenmouth locals will come along to support us.”

Pincess Pumpalot is t the Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh daily at 11am, from August 1-25 (except August 12). To buy tickets go to www.arfringe.com.