Cadies Productions Ltd
Cadies Productions Ltd was created in April 2004.
Robin Mitchell, who co-founded Edinburgh's Cadies & Witchery Tours in 1984, is the Director of Cadies Productions Ltd.
We have produced the following documentary films: And So Goodbye (2004, 24 mins), The Rest is Silence (2005, 10 mins), Finding Bob McArthur (2007, 75 mins), Breadmakers (2007, 11 mins), The Scottish Parliament: Following the Ghost Road (2007, 35 mins), William McLaren: An Artist Out of Time (2010, 51 mins) and About A Band (2010, 43 mins).
We have also worked with Edinburgh Director Keith Bradley on his horror feature Sacrificed (2008, 80 mins) and Jim Hickey's The Dungeon Moor Killings (2009, 80 mins).
In between films, our Director Robin Mitchell has written one novel Grave Robbers, the top selling guide book What's Under the Kilt? and the children's book and stage show, Princess Pumpalot (The Farting Princess).
Our horror comedy The Download Horror (2012, 70 mins) was released in November 2012.
We have a number of projects on the move at the moment including Yasmin Fedda's documentary A Tale of Two Syrias (2012, 64 mins) and a series of short films for Relationships Scotland.
Primary Times - Review of Princess Pumpalot (2014)
FROM THE PRIMARY TIMES:
We join Princess Pumpalot on her 16th birthday when she discovers she needs to find the magic beans so she can protect the castle from the gnomes and what better way to do this than with farts.
This show follows a pantomime like style encouraging lots of audience participation which was great for keeping young attention spans entertained. It was well and enthusiastically acted and they made a great use of the theatre entering and exiting via the side doors. From a grown-up perspective the majority of the humour revolved around one joke but as my children seem to find this subject endlessly amusing they found this hilarious. Also my son’s face when it was his turn to stand up and try to fart to defeat the gnomes more than overcame this.
My daughter loved the surprisingly realistic giraffe. There is a lovely touch at the end after the show where you can meet the princess which completed my children’s enjoyment.
Audience Reviews Princess Pumpalot 2014
Brilliant show for young children - and adults! My four year olds laughed the whole way through at fart jokes and enjoyed the audience participation that is similar to that of a traditional pantomime. The cast were excellent and we appreciated the Princess coming out to have her photo taken in the foyer at the end. Highly recommend!
It's hard to judge children's shows as an adult, all you have to go on is the reaction of the kids. With this one, apparently, it's a resounding success. Laughing throughout, pretend farting a bit too much for my liking and enjoying the silliness, which is all part of the show. As an adult I can tell you that this show has a cast that do their roles well, don't over do the "playing to the adults" stuff, and make the hour go by happily and you just get swept along by the enjoyment of youngsters. 5 stars (though they'd want farts)
Back over to Edinburgh today to take in a rather high brow, contemporary play at the festival. All about a fictitious Royal Family with a kind of dysfunctional Princess daughter. Won't give too much of the plot away as this may spoil the fun of the twist at the end......not quite Harold Pinter, or the suspense of Agatha Christie, but well worth taking this in if you get the chance (we even got to meet the cast at the end, and I had the pleasure of getting a huge hug from The Queen aka Donna Hazelton. Princess Pumpalot! ......... IT ROCKS!
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Review Princess Pumpalot ***
3-STAR Review of the 2014 Princess Pumpalot show by The Edinburgh Guide.
If there are any children who don’t love a good fart joke, I certainly haven’t met them. Princess Pumpalot, her royal parents, and her loyal servant Guffy know the many ins-and-outs of a good fart, so to speak.
Who knew that a fart was a powerful defense against a low-flying gnome invasion? Or that it was a right-of-passage for 16-year-old princesses? These and other charming discoveries carry the audience along on this fast-paced romp through one royal family’s strange traditions.
Audience participation comes in the panto tradition, along with call-and-response and quasi-fart-making en masse.
Princess Pumpalot is a likeable, spunky character but while the story avoids some fairytale tropes, it doesn’t quite resist the damsel-in-distress and happily-every-after via a handsome dance partner ending.
A solid, colourful production.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Review Princess Pumpalot *****
5-STAR Review of the 2014 Princess Pumpalot show by The Edinburgh Reporter.
Princess Pumpalot-The Farting Princess to give the show its full title is a great piece of pantomime for the Edinburgh Fringe.
Starting life off as a book it is a good fun read by brilliant writer Robin Mitchell. My children love the book and my 12 year-old daughter was really eager to see the show, so tickets bought we headed to the Freemason’s Hall in George Street to see the stage show.
We sat and laughed lot throughout. There is a fabulous cast who really engage with the audience. You can’t help but join in.
The story is about the Princess (played fantastically by the wonderful Lindsay Lee Wilson) who on her 16th birthday is given access to a cabinet full of beans which make her… well you can imagine!……and this power would help her protect the kingdom of Wiffyville from Low Flying Gnomes. The King is played grandly by Edward Croy, a Diva Queen played brilliantly by Donna Hazelton, servant Guffy magically brought to life by Philip Kingscott, Prince Niceavia portrayed by Eric Murdoch, Prince Nastavia played nastily by Blair Grandison and Geoffrey the Giraffe played largely by Scott Postlethwaite. There are other characters like the Bearded Witch and FAQ to whom the Princess must address the right questions.
All in all a brilliant production written by Robin Mitchell and directed by Liam Rudden this is a show for anyone from 4 to 94 and will have you laughing and quite possibly farting all the way – a totally trumping triumph.
A massive 5 stars from my Daughter and myself for this show. Go and see it!
Runs from 31st July-24th August (not 12th August) at The New Town Theatre, Freemasons Hall, George Street ticket prices £9-£11
Find the Princess on Twitter @ppumpalot or on Facebook or http://www.princesspumpalot.co.uk
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