Fringe. This year. these y'eteransoiScottish puppetry present two shows: A l’ips and l’andain Magic Land for very young children (tip tosix l. which features ultra-violet effects. songs and magic: and a (‘hinese fantasy for all ages called l.ce (‘hing and the Magic Island. which UllL‘T\ l’ut‘y cs treatment of a traditionally styled oriental folk tale. complete with ( ioldcn Dragon and Tiger limperor.
I Pips and Panda in Magic-Land (Lee Ching and the Magic Island l’ury'cs Puppets. St James’s (‘hurch llall. (Venue ts‘l ). (ioldenacre. lnycrliellt Row.” 17.-\ug. 1 1110mm 2.30pm. £2.75(£l 7'5). Tickets 089‘) 2052 l.
WHAT SHE FOUND THERE
Rather less disturbing. one hopes. than Dennis Potter's Dreamchild. this adaptation by Oxford students of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland seeks to explore the darker. ambiguous elements without losing accessibility or suitability for children. Like the novel. then. it should also intrigue adults. and uses iny'entiy'ely' physical theatre techniques to stage the story's more challenging scenes. Well received by the Oxford press. it should please older children and Carrollophiles of all ages. I Alice. HerAmazing Adventures In Wonderland. And What She Found There. Oxford Mountebank Theatre. l’leasance.
l’leasance. 1 1—20 Aug (not Suns). 6.00pm. £3 (£2.50). Tickets 556 6551).
RED HOT POLKA i
(ierry .\'owicki is ‘dead chuffed' about the way his play The Stone ()1 Fire has
(Venue 33). bilThe I l l
been interpreted by l’olka ‘ Youth'l'heatre. Bornout
at young audiences. and a
of dissatisfaction With the ! standard material thrown
desire to tackle a difficult
confrontation between i superpowers) in a 'fun' way. the show features 1 some dazzling costumes
School oi Art. original music by David Bryan. choreography. and a strong mythical element inspired in part by Meryyn l’eake. \Nirttbledon previews at l’olka's 31K) seater home theatre have w on the admiration of 8-year-olds upwards. but l Nowicki says the best 1 response came from i teenagers concerned 1 about their tuture. and inspired by the message of i hope the play offers. I I The Stone Ol Fire l’olkatu'l‘he Polka Youth 1 Theatre. Pleasance. i (Venue 33). ()U'I‘he : l’leasance. 15—27 Aug. ' 2pm. £2.SO(£1.SU). Tickets 5566551). .
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: adaptation ofthis
When .‘yioino‘s wee pals ; stop coming to visit her at l her amphitheatre. she i begins to suspect that , something's up. Sure I enough. the hour-liliesare i going missing. and the E (irey Gentlemen look asif 1
hide. Suki Whitcomb's
tale-with-a-moral by Michael Ende (he of'I‘he Ney'erending Story) is an imaginative-sounding show with original music. performed by students from Bristol University. andthethemeoffinding 5 time to be oneselfis one which many adults will appreciate too.
I Home And The Time Thieves Bristol
Revunions. Theatre West End. (Venue 126). 15—27 Aug. 10.35am. £2.5()(£1.50).
Bobby and Crazy: Magic Circus clowns
BEYOND THE FRINGE.
I 11 it's a nice day. why not take a trip to the seaside? There are good beaches at Portobello in the eastern part of the City. and. iurther east along the A1. Gullane. Yellowcraigs and North Berwick. Buses run regularly irom St. Andrews Square Bus Station. Enquiries: Scottish Omnibuses 556 8464. Look out too. in next week's issue tor details 01 Portobello‘s own Festival day and iind all about Fringe atthe Seaside (Sat Aug 20. 1-5pm).
I See the stars 01 today and yesteryear and the grotesqueries (always more popular with the younger visitor) at the Chamberol Honors at the Edinburgh Wax Museum. 142 High Street. 10am—7pm daily. £2.25(80p. Enquiries 226 4444.
I The Children's Fun Centre at Marco's Leisure Centre in Grove Street oliersi hour on the bumpy slides and bouncy castle (indoors) to 3-10-year-olds tor £2. Parents must remain in the building. but may repairto the lounge ii in need oi rest and/or reireshment. 9.30am—8.00pm (9.00pm Sats) 7 days. Enquiries 228 2141.
I Edinburgh Zoo hasthe best Barbary apes inihe business. as well as lions. enormoustigers. messy penguins and some rather charmingly plump pigmy hippos. The iamous aquarium no longer exists. however. The restaurant is expensive. but reputedly very good. Open 7 days 9am (9.30 Suns)—5pm. admission £2.80(£1.40). Buses west trom Princes Street: 2, 26. 31. 85. 86. Enquiries 334 9171.
I In case oiinclement weather. try skating at Murrayiield. where there is a large rink. as well as skate-hire lacilities and a cafe. Opening times vary enormously. but public skating is available 7 days 2.30-4.30pm, and group tuition takes place on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Admission varies irom 00p—£1.10;skaie hire is 40p. Buses west lrom Princes Street: 12. 26, 31. Enquiries 337 6933.
6. A bracing walk is to be had on the slopes oi Arthur's Seat in
liolyrood Park, nearthe city centre. The view lrom the summit iswonderlul,
and there are ducks and other birds to be spotted and/oried in the loch bythe Duddingston entrance to the Park.
I MORE GOOD IDEAS FOR KIDS NEXTISSUE!
RESTAURANT Tue—Sat (evenings only) Table d‘Hote and a la Carte menus BRASSERIE Seven days: lunchtimes and evenings. Wide range ofmeals available. Special late opening during the Festival '
VENUE 60 11.15 am Children 2 - 6 yrs.
Phone 226 5257 8 226 4224
70LD FISHMARKETCLOSE EDINBURGH 0312255428
A Big Noise Show For Children
Mon 15 Aug - Sat 3 Sept (not Suns),4.30pm £2.50 (£1.50); BOX OFFICE: (031) 226 5425
34 Hamilton Place, Edinth EH 3 SAX
at THE PLEASANCE VENUE _33
EDINBURGH '88 A stunning, visual
. mythical adventure for all ages.
0‘“ by Gerry Nouricki
To; immune 5' ,-_.
From 15th — 27th Aug at 2.00 pm
Tickets £1.50 & £2.50 Available from fringe ofﬁce & venue
Without you it’s just a dream
It didn ’t move. It didn’t speak. But somehow it had taught the children everything they had to know about the future. It had given them a vision. They would like to show that to you and ask you to be a part of it - because without you it’s just a dream
“Without you it’s just a dream” is a Global Co- operation production, starting Monday 15th - Friday 191h August, from 2.30 - 4.00 pm, at the Springwell House Centre, Ardmillam Terrace, Edinburgh.
No entrance fee. All the family welcome.
For further details phone: (031) 229 7220
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