Soft Play Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am—12noon. 60p (includes creche facilities). Also group bookings £3 per hour (free for disabled) Tel 661 5351. Groups should book 14 days in advance. New colourful play equipmentforchildren 21/2—10 years) and those with special needs. For use at above times while parents use the sports facilities. Enquiries. Recreation ()fficer (Women in Sport). 17 Waterloo Place. 557 1265 ext 218.


0 DOMINION Newbattle Terrace. 4-17 2660. £2.40; Child £1 .50: ()AP

£1 .20. All seats for middle performance £1.50.

Basil the Great Mouse Detective From 3 Apr. 2. 15. 5. 15. 8. lfibttt check with cinema. A Sherlock Ilolmes cartoon spoof from Disney in which a Scottish toymaker is kidnapped. Vincent Price is the very effective voice of the evil professor Rattigan. 0 FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2688. All seats £1 bookable in advance.

Thunderbirds Are Go! (1?) (Gerry Anderson. LR. 1966) ()0 mins. Sat 4 April. With Scott. Virgil. Brains and Lady Penelope. Film version of the highly popular 60s '1‘\'series in which International Rescue‘s mission is to save the world's most advanced spaceship from the evil clutches of the Hood.

Raiderolthe LostArk Sat 11 Apr. Indiana .Iones’s first and most gripping adventure. Likely to sell out so book in advance.

0 OOEON (‘lerk Street. 667 7331. £2 (L 1 .50) for perfs commencing before 6pm. £2.70 ( £2) for perfs after 6pm. Flight of the Navigator ( PU ) ( US. 1980) From 3 Apr. See ()deon (ilasgow for details and Film Listings for times.

0 REGAL North Bridge Street. Bathgate. 0506630 86‘). Sat mats. 2pm. Child and adult 50p. Selected programmes from the Children‘s Film Foundation include a feature. cartoons and a serial.

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'I‘eviot Row Linion. Bristo Square. Edinburgh International Folk Festival Special Free (‘hildren's Events. Major Mustard’s Travelling Show Sat 11 and Sttn 12 Apr. 12.30—2pm. (‘reche both days 2—5pm.

0 KING'S 2 Leven Street.

The Water Babies 'liue 7—Sat 11 Apr. Tue—Fri l lam and 2.30pm; Sat 10.45am. L3 ( £2). A stage adaptation of Charles Kingsleyk popular Victorian novel.

0 NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 I ligh Street. 5569571).

Edinburgh Puppet Festival 1987 Wed 8 —Sat 18 Apr. All 4pm performances are offered in a new 50p slot. All other tickets £2 ( £1 .50). NB early booking is strongly advised many shows are already nearly sold out. Forest Tales Mon 13 Apr 10am and 6.45pm: Tue 14 Apr noon and 4pm. By the .\'o Strings Puppet Theatre. one of the up and coming companies from Nottingham who use rod and


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Undeterred by a cold night and teeming rain, the SIT-strong castlrom the Forth Children’s Theatre were out in lull at Holy Cross Church Hall last Friday to rehearse their forthcoming production at the Theatre Workshop. Based on Mark Twain‘s well-known story, Huck Finn is described as a play with music and members at the group will also be involved backstage, will look alter the lighting and sound and will be playing in the accompanying band.

Finding his way around the large part of Huck is 13 year old Richard Conlon. He has been in all 16 of the group’s productions, starting althe age of six when he went along because his brotherwas in the group. This part he admits is his largest so far, but he

stick puppets. Forest Tales tells the story ofthe adventures ofa young boy in the forest. For 8—13 years. Aggi and the Toad Mon 13 Apr noon; Tue 14 Apr 10am: Wed 15 Apr 4pm. The latest production from the Edinburgh Puppet Company who gave a stunning performance of Tam 0' .S'hanter at the Netherbow last Nov. Aggi. a heavy metal supremo is one ofthe finalists in the Fat Bank Rock Star Competition and is not out to play fair. But a Mouldy Fridge Monster saves the day! Marvin is the genial host and the audience votes for the winner on a clapometer! Pandora's Box and Perseus and Medusa Wed 15 Apr 10am; Thurs 16 Apr noon and 4pm. The Clyde Built Puppet Company bring the flavour and drama of ancient Greek myth to their double bill. Perseus has the unenviable task of attacking the Medusa. whose gaze turns all those who look upon her to stone . . . while the beautiful but idle Pandora is given a magic box with strict instructions that it must never be opened.

Jack and the Beanstalk Mon 13 Apr 4pmz'l‘uc 14 Apr 6.45pm: Wed 15 Apr 2.30pm; Thurs 16 Apr 10am; Fri 17 Apr noon; Sat 18 Apr 2.30pm. The highly inventive company Pandemonium Puppets. who last year presented The Pied Piper. Here they use giant puppets in a conventional re—telling ofthe fairytale.

The Worm Fri 17 Apr 10am and 4pm: Sat 18 Apr noon and 6.45pm. Paul

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The group began in 1979, when a children's theatre lrom Waking, which regularly attended the Edinburgh Festival and called on extra cast from pupils at Holyrood School, suddenly found they couldn’t come after all. Rather than disappoint the children at Holyrood who had already begun rehearsals, one of the parents, Peter Goman, decided to go ahead and present the show anyway. This initiative launched the group, which now boasts nearly 100 members including a very strong adult support group. Judging lrom the overall enthusiasm and the company's production record, it is going from strength to strength. (Sally Kinnes)

Hansard‘s puppets. A puppet play based on the Lambton Worm. which takes place in the Middle Ages. A young knight returns home from the Crusades only to find he has to fight another foe. The Worm. grown to huge proportions in his absence. Spectre Inspector Wed 15 Apr 6.45pm; Thurs 16 Apr 2.30pm; Sat 18 Apr 10am. The tale ofthe ace sleuth puppet. a second show in this festival from the Edinburgh Puppet Company. Puppet Cavalcade Wed 8 Apr. 2.30 and 6.45pm; Thurs 9 Apr 1 1am. 2.30 and 6.45pm. The Black Box Puppet Theatre Company use large string puppets which they operate while walking about on stage. They usually present their performance in a sequence ofshort episodes. which often have an overall theme. Johnny and the Space Machine Fri 10 Apr 11am. 2.30 and 6.45pm; Sat 11 Apr 1 1am. 2.30 and 6.45pm. The famous Purves Puppets. well known for their dramatic use of ultra violet lighting which picks out the puppets but not the black-robed puppeteers. Peterand the Wolf Mon 13 Apr 2.30pm; Tue 14 Apr 2.30pm; Wed 15 noon. A box-type presentation. in which the puppets (a mixture of glove and rod) are operated from below by Handyworks Puppet Company. Kasper and Friends Thurs 16 Apr 6.45pm; Fri 17 Apr 2.30pm; Sat 18 Apr 4pm. The European equivalent of Punch and Judy. Also by the Handyworks Puppet Company.

The Amazing Mr Bones Puppet Company Fri 17 Apr 6.45pm. Punch and Judy clowning from Mr Bones. Puppet Festival Workshop Mon 13—Sat 18 Apr 10am-1pm and 2—me. Free. A chance to experiment with all types of puppets. puppet-making and painting.

0 PORTOBELLO TOWN HALL Portobello High Street.

The Tale of the Great White Giant Mon 6 Apr 2.30pm. Tickets from A & J Murray Newsagents. 8a Bath Street. Portobello. or on the door. 50p (25p). The Northern Black Light Theatre use dance. music and puppets to tell this story ofsadness and joy. good and evil. temptation and resolution. For 6—1 1 years. Major Mustard's Travelling Show (Puppets). Mon 13 Apr. Tickets as above. No 7 Dandelion Street. 10.30am. Major Mustard battles with flying potatoes and a bad-tempered witch. (3—7 years). Can You Keep A Secret. 2.30pm. Major Mustard strives to recover his stolen treasure box. (4—9 years and adult).

Adrian Henri Poetry Headings tor ChildrenThurs 16 Apr. 2.30pm. Tickets as above. Adrian. who like Roger McGough. is one of the ‘Liverpool Poets‘. will be reading from three of his works. including Eric the Punk Cut. (8—12 years and adult).

0 ROSEBERY HALL High Street. South Queensferry. Tickets from Ainsworth the Chemist. 27 High Street. South Queensferry: Town Cryer. 42 High Street. South Queensferry or the Council Offices. 53 High Street. South Queensferry. Lucie Skeaping’s Musical Mystery Tour Tue 7 Apr. 3pm. See Thomas Morton Hall.

Major Mustard’s Travelling Show (Puppets). Wed 15 Apr. 10.30am and 2.30pm. See Portobello Town Hall.

Adrian Henri Poetry Readings for Children Fri 17 Apr 3pm. See Portobello Town Ilall.

0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 3411amilton Place. 225 5425.

Huck Finn 9—1 1 Apr. 7.30pm and Sat mat 2.30pm. £2 (£1 ). The Forth Children's Theatre follow up their highly professional musical Chances. performed during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year. with Huck Finn. based on Mark 'I‘wain‘s Huckleberry Finn. This is the company‘s first appearance at the Theatre Workshop and their 16th production. The cast are aged 10—18. See panel.

0 THOMAS MORTON HALL (Behind Leith Library). Ferry Road. Leith. Tickets from the Kard Box. 74 Great Junction Street. Post Office in Goldenacre and on the door. 50p (25p).

Lucie Skeaping's Musical Mystery Tour Tue 7 Apr 10.30am. The history of music is brought to life in this entertaining show in which children will be invited on to the stage to play some ofthe instruments. (5—9 years). Major Mustard's Travelling Show (Puppets). Tue 14 Apr 10.30am and 2.30pm. See Portobello Town Hall. Adrian Henri Poetry Readings for Children Fri 17 10.30am. See Portobello Town Ilall.

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