e EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION 1987 Last chance to design a poster for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as the deadline - 6pm, Fri 27 Feb - fast approaches. The world-famous Fringe is now traditionally publicised by a poster printed from a prize-winning design by a pupil from school in Scotland. Over £2,000 worth of prizes to be won (prizes in three age groups) and there is also a prize for the most imaginative use of the Fringe symbol. Sponsored by the Life Association of Scotland. Closing date 27 Feb. Entry forms and details from The Festival Fringe Society, 170 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 105,225 5257/5259.

0 GLOWWORM BOOKSHOP 7 Main Street, Balerno, 449 4644. Whigmaleerie Publishing are launching their first book Mary Queen of Scots (£2.50 Pbk. £4.95 ku) by Eric Melvin, deputy headmaster and history teacher at Currie High School. There is an accompanying tape (£2.99) and Activity Pack (£5.95) with book, cassette and interesting things to do, including a whodunnit related to the death of Lord Damley, Mary‘s second husband.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street and Queen Street, 225 7534. Young Museum gives children a chance to take part in the museum’s activities outwith school and workshops, film programmes and competitions are run on Sat mornings and in the school holidays. All the events are open to children aged 8—14 and admission is free but the workshops are very popular and numbers are limited so do book in advance (forms from Information Desk). The current series looks at festivals from all over the world. Make Chinese New Year Dragon Masks, Lion Masks and Lanterns Sat 21 Feb. 10am—12.30pm. A workshop to mark the recently celebrated Chinese New Year (29 Jan). 1987 is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. Booking Starts Sat 28 Feb for Perform Chinese New Year Lion and Dragon Dances a traditional celebration on 21 March. Priority given to those attending previous workshops.

e THINS BOOKSHOP 53-59 South Bridge, 556 6743.

Thins Saturday Club Saturdays 10~11.30am. Free. Open to any child. Story reading and picture colouring for younger children; quizzes and games for older children.

0 369 GALLERY 209 Cowgate. 225 3013

Children's Art Classes Saturdays 10.30am—12noon. Informal classes aimed at allowing children to find their own expression in drawing, painting. caricature and making things.

0 TRIANGLE ARTS CENTRE West Pilton Bank. 332 0877.

Open Drama Sessions Thursdays 6pm—8pm. Free. For anyone of secondary school age. These are introductory and exploratory drama workshops for beginners who want to find out a little bit about theatrical skills, but not necessarily get involved in a production. If they find


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Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh A group 018-11 year-oldstrom Edinburgh primary schools have been trying their hand at musical composition. The project is a joint initiative bythe 8C0 and the Royal Museum 01 Scotland, sponsored bythe Scotish Postal Board.

Working inside the Museum, the SCO played passages written by Bill Sweeney, the Glasgow composer who based his ideas on items from the collection; lish and the sea tor example, or something lrom the


machinery room. He left gaps in the pieces which the children are filling in with their own music. The result can be heard at the Royal Museum of Scotland on 3 and 4 March (see listings).

‘We're not exactly looking for tunes,’ says Bill at his work with the children. ‘We're looking for an approach to sound, shape, direction and pace, rather than thinking of forming a tune.’ He introduces musical grammarto the youngsters only where necessary. ‘We hope we’ve got to them before the rules do.’ (Sally Kinnes)

it appeals there is an opportunity to go on to the more advanced sessions which are held afterwards between 8 and 10pm on Thursdays.


Free creche Mon—Fri 8.30am—430pm. For the under-fives.

Youth Theatre Group Mondays 4.30—6.3()pm. For 8—12 years. Free. New members still welcome for this energetic new group, who have put in a application to present a show in the Spring Fling (end May/beginning June). Ideas for the show will come from the children and the current emphasis is on mime work. improvisation and role playing. There will also be mask and costume making for the performance.

0 YWCA 7 Randolph Place. 225 4379. West End Youth Theatre Saturdays 10.30am—noon. Any child up to 16 years is welcome to join the West End Youth Theatre which learns drama and theatre skills under

professional tuition. The workshops

will lead to a production later in the year. 50p per week plus £2.50 annual membership.


0 MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 42 High Street, 225 2424. Lots to see which will intrigue all ages at this museum which has proved extraordinarily popular since it re-opened on new premises last year. Film 0 FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2688. All seats£1 bookable in advance. Caravan oi Courage (U) (US, 1984) 97 mins. Sat 21 Feb 2pm. A space craft crashlands on the forest moon Endor, and the Ewoks (teddy bear type creatures) help two children rescue their parents. The Maggie(U) (UK. 1953)92 mins. Sat 28 Feb 2pm. Ealing comedy in which the wily Scots pit their wits against American business acumen when an American sends his cargo to a Scottish island on an old River Clyde ‘puffer’.

O OOEON Clerk Street, 667 7331 . £2 (£1.50) for perfs commencing before 6pm. £2.70 (£2) for perfs after 6pm. Short Circuit (PG) (John Badham) 102 mins. Until 26 Feb (check with cinema after this date). 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 8. 15pm; Sun 5.45pm, 8.15pm. A strange tale of a robot who develops human tendencies after being struck by lightning.

O REGAL North Bridge Street, Bathgate, 0506 630 869. Sat mats, 2pm. Child and adult 50p. Selected programmes from the Children's Film Foundation include a feature, cartoons and a serial.


OROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street 225 7534

Bagpipe Music Children's Perlormance Tue 3 and Wed4 March, 11am and 1pm. Free. See panel.


0 ASSEMBLY ROOMS George Street. The Peacemaker Sat 28 Feb, £1 (50p).Tickets 228 1 155 (Usher Hall). Tags‘s play for 5—9 year olds on a theme of harmony presented as part ofthe Edinburgh Peace Festival. See Roseberry Hall. below.

0 KING’S 2 Leven Street, 229 1201. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. Rest. [D] [E]

Cinderella Until 21 Feb 7pm and mats 2.15pm on Sats, Tues and Weds. £5, £5.50. £6. Still going strong, Rikki Fulton‘s production of Cinders and her sisters. Last chance to catch a panto for another 9 months!

0 NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 High Street, 556 9579.

Singalong with Mr Boom Sat 21 and 28 Feb. 10.30am. £1 (60p). Kids aged two or under (with adults) free. Arriving by rocket, Mr Boom plays his one-man band (and encourages on-stage performers from the audience) and sings lots ofhis own and other well-known songs. For primary school age.

0 ROSEBERY HALLS High Street, South Queensferry.

Peacemaker 21 Feb 11am and 2pm. Tickets from Ainsworth Chemist (opp venue). 27 High Street. South Queensferry; Town Cryer. 42 High Street. South Queensferry and District Council Office. 53 High Steet, South Queensferry. TAG have extended their work for schools to encompass a younger age group and this lively play is intended for 5—9 year olds. Its aim is to present a moral theme in accessible way and actively involves the children by asking them to come up with their own ending. Energetically performed and carefully conceived this is an excellent introduction to theatre for the very young. Also presented as part of the Edinburgh Peace Festival (see Open and Assembly Rooms, above).

0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425.

Gebb Fri 20 Feb 7pm; Sat 21 2.30 and 7pm. £2 (£1). Presented by Rainmaker Picture Story Theatre, a new children‘s theatre company. The show is devised especially for deafand partially hearing children, but its lively style will appeal to all. See Third Eye Centre. Glasgow.

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