GLASGOW Activities and Fun

I GROSVENOR CINEMA Ashton Lane. 339 4298.

Saturday Afternoon Picture Show livery Saturday (NB not 26 Mar and 2 Apr. 2—4.30pm. 50p. Films. a serial (currently Rangi's (‘urcli ). plus games and competitions to enliven Sat afternoons for 4—14 year-olds.

I HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725.

Dressing up Sat 19 Mar. 2. 15pm. free. no booking. Last of the Saturdayafternoon activities before liaster.

Easter activities 2!» Mar 4) Apr. Booking essential. Minimum age 4 years. Only one activity per child during the two weeks. Sat 26 Mar ill. 15am Storytime Drawing (4—7). Ileraldryi7-12);2.15pm Pancakes (6—9). Finger Puppets (58)

Mon 28 11). 15am Kites (8— 12); 2. 15pm Sugar Bunnies (4—7)

Tue 29 10. 15am Bannoeks and Butter (6—9). Ragdolls (8—12): 2. 15pm Sweets (4—7). Dressing L'p and Dancing(7-i2). Wed 30 10. 15am (iingerbread (58). Nature Trail (bring wellies and cagoules if wet) (4—7); 2. 15pm 'l'ile-making(7~12). Finger Puppet Bunnies (6-9)

Thurs 31 10. 15am Pancakes (6 -9), Storytime Drawing (4~7); Decorating Easter liggs (8—12). Iiaster Bonnets(5—8) Frii Apr 10.15am liaster (‘ards (6—9). Sugar Bunnies (4 7); 2.15pm Kites (8—12). Faster Sweets (4«7)

Sat 2 10. 15am Decorating Faster liggs (8—12). Finger Puppet Bunnies (6-9); 2.15pm Faster Bonnets (5—8). Nature Trail (bring wellies and cagoules if wet) (4-7)


2. 15pm Storytime Drawing (4—7) Tue511l.15am Bannocks «S; Butter (6-9); 2.15pm Kites (fir-12)

Wed 610.15am Nature Trail (bring wellies and cagoules ifwet) (4—7). l leraldry (7—12); 2. 15pm Pancakes (6—9). Finger Puppets (5—7)

Thurs 7 10.15am Sweets (4—7). Dressing Up and Dancing (7—12); 2. 15pm Ragdolls (8-12). Gingerbread (5—8)

Fri 810.15am Storytime Drawing (4~7). Tile-making (7— 12); 2. 15pm Kites (8—12). Bannocks & Butter (6—9)

Sat9 10.15am Sugar Mice (4—7). Samplers (8—12); 2.15pm Biscuits (5-—7). Glove Puppets (6—9)

I SCOTTISH BALLET 261 West Princes Street. 331 2931

Junior Contemporary Class Tuesdays. 6—7pm. £1 .50. Closed for Easter from 23 Mar-12 Apr. Open classes organised by Steps Out of Scottish Ballet just turn up. For 12 years and over.


I HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm'. Sun 2—5pm.

Get the Message: Ditterent Systems oi Communication Until 22 May. An amazing complexity of communication systems. from fan language to satellites.

Design a Stamp. A competition for 4— l 2 year olds to design a stamp based on the

exhibition. Post entries in the box Iii ine exhibition room (paper and pencils provided in the museum) or. ifthe painting. drawing is made at home. send them by post. First prize. awarded by the Post ()ffice is a Stamp Year Book : 25 presentation packs for runners up. Closing date 22 May.


I CANNON Renfield Street. 3328701 Batteries Not Included ( PG) From 25 Mar. (‘heck with venue for times. A new film-for-the-family from Steven Speilberg. A space creatures- meet-humans adventure in the 1LT. mould. See also film listings.

I GROSVENOR Ashton Lane. 3394298. The Fox and the Hound from 25 Apr for2 weeks. 1.30pm. 3.30pm. 6pm (but check times with venue). £1 .20 kids and cones; £2 adults. Re-release ofa recent Disney


Edinburgh Puppet Festival, Netherbow, Edinburgh

Forthe past three years Donald Smith, Artistic Director of the Netherbow, has been proving there is tile in puppets. The Edinburgh Puppet Festival is now the largest on-going puppet iestival in Britain. Last year it drew a box oiiice oi 100% and this year’s iesiivai will be the largest event at its kind ever held in Britain.

The event grew out oi the ‘ashes’ oi the Scottish Puppet Festival which only live years ago, in 1983, was ‘a total disaster’. ‘Disaster’s a strong word’ says Smith, ‘but there were groups coming from Australia and playing to an audience at three in the Playhouse.‘

Smith and the then administrator at the Netherbow, Duncan Lowe, decided that the lault lay in the planning and organisation oi the event and not with puppetry itseli. In 1984 they mounted a ‘very unambiiious, locally orientated event, with no backing of any kind lrom anybody.’ The response was immense and they haven’t looked back.

Subsidy, however, has been harder to attract. ‘Last year the council dropped their support aiterthe event had happened. They kept saying they were going to support it but they decided, in retrospect in October, that they weren’t’ says Smith ‘it was absolutely outrageous.’ This year while they have applied tor subsidy they are hoping the lestival will break even without it.

Like pantomime, part at the appeal oi puppetry is the scarey bits, but this year in order to introduce very young children to the tun oi puppet shows there are special programmes tor the very young (243 years, though the very

feature for Easter. See Odeon. Edinburgh. for full description.

I ODEON Renfield Street. 332 8701

The Fox and the Hound (U) (Disney. US. 1981 ) 83mins. From 25 Mar. Check with venue for times. See Odeon. Edinburgh for full description and also see film listings.


I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE Cumbernauld. ()236 732887. Box office Mon—Fri 10am—6pm: Sat 10am—3pm; 6—8pm perf

Buckiast and the Dug 31 Mar—Sat 2 Apr. 7.45pm. £2.50 (£1 .25). The Cumbernauld YouthTheatre (aged 15—21 years)present a play of their own devising.

Kids Stuti Saturday shows at 1.15pm. kids £1. adults£1.50

Puppet Stuff. Sat 19. For 3—12 years(1 hour)

Storytelling by Moira Miller For 4—1 1 years (1 hour)

I MITCHELL THEATRE Granville Street. 221 3198. Box office Mon—Sat noon—6pm. Bar. Cafe. Tickets also available from the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 227 5511 Mon—Sat 10.30am—6.30pm.

Annie 29 Mar—2 Apr. 7.30pm; Sat matinee 2.30pm. £3. kids£1.50. The popular musical presented by the Mitchell Theatre for Youth.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Boxoffice noon—8.30pm (closed Mons). Pandemonium Puppets Co. Workshop Sat 26 Mar. 12.30pm. Free. A twohour workshop on how to make and how to use puppets

young should be accompanied). ‘It's a soothing first stage’ and the shows have the comiorting sound at nursery food as with ‘Peasoup goes to X’. There will also be evening workshops tor children and adults in all aspects of puppetry, daily street theatre trom 1—9 April supported by the Old Town Trust, lunchtime shows particularly aimed at adults (though also appropriate for children) and the Festival’s iirst European visitor, Daniel Lempen irom Switzerland. His show, Princess KIIschandra Ieatures Caspar, the German equivalent of Punch and Judy. The British version oi this popular duo underwent a Cockney translormatlon, turning Punch into a rather brutish, low-lite sort oi character.The Swiss Caspar however, has excellent manners and will be deiinliely much better behaved. (Sally Klnnes)

Pandemonium Puppet Co Sun 27 Mar. 12.30pm. Kids 50p. adults £1. The same company who gave the puppet workshop on Saturday will be showing how it’s done in performance and asking for lots of help from the audience.

EDINBURGH Activities and Fun

I BRUNTON HALL Musselburgh. 665 3711 ext244. Elchai Dance Xplosion Every Wednesday 4—5pm. 50p. Dance workshops for 4—7 year olds. Last class before Easter. 30 Mar. East Lothian Youth Theatre Every Wednesday. 7.30—9.30pm. Free workshops for young people 13—21 years. Last class before Easter. 30 Mar. I COASTERS 3 West Tollcross. 228 3252. Disco Saturdays. 6.30—l0pm. £1. Under 18s alcohol-free disco. Live acts most weeks. I CRAIGLOCKHART SPORTS CENTRE 177 Colinton Road. Easter Sports School 88 Play Sessions 28 Mar—l Apr. 4~8 Apr. 10am—noon. 50p per day. no booking required. Daily play sessions for l0year olds and under. Coaching 28 Mar—i Apr. 4—8 Apr. 2—3pm. 3—4pm. £4 per week. Book in advance. tickets available now. Weekly coaching for i 1— 16 year olds in badminton. tennis and squash. iiach sessions runs 1 hour. I JACK KANE CENTRE Niddrie Mains Road. 669 0404 Easter Sports School: Play sessions and coaching 28 Mar—1 Apr. 4—8 Apr. 10am—-noon. 2~4pm. 10p for under 10s. 25p forover 10s. Daily play sessions.with Marvin the inflatable monkey and coaching in football and badminton. I MEADOWBANK SPORTS CENTRE London Road. 661 5351 Easter Sports School Play sessions for the under ills (football. badminton. basketball and soft play). 29—31 Mar. 5—7 Apr. i0am—noon. £1 .50 per week (booking in advance available now) or 50p per session. I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 4211igh Street Free tickets will be available forthe following activities from 28 Mar. They are always very popular. so early booking is advised. The puppet workshops have been organised in conjunction with the Edinburgh Puppet Festival. Cratt workshops Wed 30 Mar. 10.15am. 11.30am. 2pm and 3.15pm. For 3—6years, making woolly chicks and rabbits. (Runs 30mins) Crait workshop Thurs 31 Mar, 10.15am, 11.30am. 2pm. 3pm. For 6—9 years. making posies ofspring flowers. (Runs 1 hour) Toby goes to Iceland Wed 6 Apr. 10.15am. 11am. Storytelling with puppets presented by Sheena Dixon ofthe Solo Theatre. For 4—7 years. (Runs 1 hour) Making and working glove puppets Wed 6 Apr 2pm. For 6—11 years. presented bythe Edinburgh Puppet company. (Runs2 hours) Stick-puppet making workshops Thurs 7 Apr, 10.15am. l 1 .30am. For 4—7 years. Presented by Sheena Dixon. (Runs 1 hour) Making and working body puppets Thurs 7 Apr. 2pm. For 6—11 years. Presented by Izzy Sanderson of Puppet Workshops. (Runs 2 hours) Goldie and the Bear Fri 8 Apr. 10.15am, 11.30am. Storytelling session for 4—7 year olds. presented by Linda Sims of Puppet Power. (Runs 1 hour) Making and working rod puppets Fri 8Apr, 2pm. For6—ii yearoids. Presented bythe Edinburgh Puppet Company. (Runs 2 hours) I SAUGHTON SPORTS COMPLEX Stevenson Drive Easter Sports School Coaching in tennis (10—i iam and iiam—noon) and in athletic (2—4pm) for boys and girls aged 10—16

The List 18—31 March 198817