Fishy tale in time for Father’s Day

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GOLDFISH are a prized commodity these days, according to a children’s show from the National Theatre of Scotland.

The title — The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish — hints at the hilarity that ensues when hero Neil sets out to acquire his best friend’s pet fish.

Mum is not best pleased when she finds out the cost of said goldfish, and sends the parent-swapper and his little sister to fetch Dad.

Unfortunately he’s been passed on further, for an electric guitar, a gorilla mask, and even a rabbit — and he’s covered quite a distance since Neil traded him in.

The show is an adaptation of the children’s graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, for ages six to 10.

It’s an interactive, promenade performance as kids and parents alike follow Neil and his sister on a journey that’s a little bit about being a sibling, a little bit about being a genius — and, we assume, a lot about the importance of family.

Because it’s a walking, talking show, audiences will follow the cast through some of the more unusual backstage spaces at the Tron theatre, with more than a few surprising encounters along the way.

The show runs until Saturday, and children attending the weekend shows can take part in a swap shop themselves, running between performances in the theatre foyer.

The idea in an environmentally-friendly way of recycling toys, giving them a future in a new home and allowing kids to pick up some new playthings for free.

Toys and books are welcome — but potential parent swaps may be frowned upon (even if it is for an electric guitar).

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish is on 10.30am and 1.30pm today and tomorrow, and 11am and 2pm Saturday. Tickets £7.50-£10 from 552 4267. Swap shop is free, running 12-1.45pm.