Events for children enlisted by city, then by category, then alphabetically by venue. Events will be listed, provided that details reach our otitces at least ten days before publication. itlds Listings compiled by Rene Taylor.



I DELLSHILL CULTURAL CENTRE John Street, Bellshill, Motherwell.

Hudden and Dudden and Donald D'Leary Sat 1 Jun 2pm. Kids £1; adults £2 (Passport to Leisure £1.50). Advance booking Motherwell Civic Centre, 0698 67515. Hullaballoo Children's Theatre present a puppet version of this Irish folk tale in which smart Donald outwits his greedy neighbours Hudden and Dudden.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street, Paisley, 8871010.

iludden and Dudden and Donald D’Leary 20 May 7pm. Kids £1; adults £2 (family ticket, 2 adults, 2 kids £5). See Bellshill Cultural Centre above.


This year‘s festivities get underway with a grand march from Paisley Museum tothe Arts Centre on Saturday 18 May at 11.30am. Street entertainers will be out in force including Ostrich, Ostrich, Ostrich, Hatrick the Clown and Bagatelle. Ongoing outdoor events will be held outside the Arts Centre until 6pm.


I SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Inverleith Park. 28 May—2 Jun. Box Office; until 25 May, the Assembly Rooms, George Street. 10am—2pm Mon—Fri; lOam—Spm Sat. (Closed Mon 20 May). Phone 553 7700. On Sun 26 Maythe Box Office moves to Inverleith Park,

Arboretum Place. Sun 26 and Mon 27 May noon—5pm; Tue 28 May—Sun 2 Jun 9am—7pm. (6pm on Tue). All tickets are £2, with special group concessions and a two-for-the-price-of-one bargain on 7pm performances (Wed—Fri). Many of the performances take place during school hours: listed below are events scheduled after school hours and at the weekend or suitable for pre-school-aged children. Age range given in brackets.


I Fred Garbo (all ages). 3.30pm. The Inflatable Man from the USA, who juggles inflatable cubes and wears a suit to put David Byrne to shame. Also known as Barkley the dog from Sesame Street.

I iloneyspot (8 and up). 3.30pm. Performing Lines theatre company from Australia present a show about cultural reconciliation written by Aboriginal playwright Jack Davis.

I lieynard The Fox (4-11). 3.30pm. Presented by the Belgian puppet company Theatre Des 4 Mains, a new version of the famous myth about a fox who outsmarts the humans and all the other animals.


I Fred Garbo (all ages). 3.30pm. See above, Tue 28. I lioneyspot (8 and up). 3.30pm. See

above, Tue 28.

I Reynard The Fox (4—1 1). 3.30pm. See above, Tue 28.

I The Comedy DI Faust (9 and up). 7pm. La Banda De la Risa, a clown troupe from Argentina, present the classical tale ofa man selling his soul for knowledge and

power. THURSDAY 30

I The Tin Soldier (5—9). 3.30pm, 7pm. Theater La Balance from Denmark present a colourful version oftheir compatriot Hans Christian Andersen‘s enchanting story, using puppets. toys. music and all other theatrical means.

I The Comedy OI Faust (9 and up). 3.30pm. See above, Wed 29.

I Stories From Our House (5—9). 3.30pm. Richard Tulloch, a member of Australia‘s Performing Lines company and a successful childern‘s author, tells stories. mimes and invites the audience to participate.

I ConsiderThe Lilies (7—1 1). 7pm. Scotland‘s Black Box Puppet Theatre present an adaptation of lain Crichton Smith‘s novel about an old woman under threat during the Highland Clearances.


I Hudden And Dudden And Donald O’Leary (7—11). 1.45pm, 3.30pm. Scotland's Hullaballoo Theatre present an adaptation of an lrish folk tale about a farmer trying to save his small patch of land from greedy neighbours. With original music.

I lioneyspot (8 and up). 1.45pm. See above, Tue 28.

I Consider The Lilies (7—1 1). 1.45pm. See

above, Thurs 30.

I The Comedy 0t Faust (9 and up). 3.30pm.

See above, Wed 27.

I Roll Over (3—6). 3.30pm. The English company Pop-Up Theatre present a colourful, lively show about the problems and importance of change. With puppets. clowning, dance and original music.

Crying Out Loud by Ludus Dance

I Crying Out Loud (7—11). 7pm. Ludus Dance Company from Lancaster present an energetic piece about hi-tech and the

computer age. I Stories From Our House (5—9). 7pm. See above, Thurs 30.


I Crying Out Loud (7—1 1 ). 10.30am. See above, Fri 31.

I Whispers in The Dark (8—12). 10.30am. Glasgow‘s TAG Theatre Company‘s latest show is set in a world where songs

and stories are forbidden. and where Alf’s discovery of a book is mystifying, since no-one knows what to do with it.

I Roll Over (3—6). 10.30am, 12.30pm. See above. Fri 31 .

I Fred Garbo (all ages). 12.30pm,2.30pm. See above, Tue 28.

I The Comedy Oi Faust (9 and up). 12.30pm, 2.30pm. See above, Wed 29.

I Beynard The Fox (4-11). 2.30pm. 4.30pm. See above. Tue 28.

I The Tin Soldier (5—9). 4.30pm. 6.30pm. See above. Thurs 30.

I Honeyspot (8 and up). 4.30pm, 6.30pm. See above, Tue 28.

I ConsiderThe Lilies (7—1 1). 6.30pm. See above, Thurs 30.


I The Tin Soldier (5—9). 10.30am. See above. Thurs 30.

I Honeyspot (8 and up). 10.30am. 12.30pm. See above.Tue 28.

I Roll 0ver(3—6). 10.30am.12.30pm.See above. Fri 31 .

I Fred Garbo (all ages). 12.30pm, 2.30pm. See above, Tue 28.

I The Comedy 0i Faust (9 and up). 2.30pm. 4.30pm. See above, Wed 29.

I ConsiderThe Lilies (7—1 1). 2.30pm. See above. Thurs 30.

I Hudden Dudden And Donald D’Leary (7—11). 4.30pm. See above, Fri31.

I Stories From Our House (5-9). 4.30pm. See above, Thurs 30.

Other Festival Events Admission Free

I Activity Programme Sat and Sun. 1().30am—5.30pm.

Six new activities to try. No advance booking required. just sign up when you arrive at the festival. Sessions include making musical instruments from junk, making your own 3D card and creatinga two-dimensional giant.

I Around and about Lots ofentertainments ongoing throughout the festival, either open-air or under canvas, includingthe popular Clown Jewels, llandyworks Puppet Company, roving performers. bouncy castles and exhibitions from the police and fire services.

I Dance Tent Tue—Fri. 10am—3pm. Sessions start at 45 min intervals. Demonstrators on hand to show you some new steps. or if you prefer, just do your own thing.

I Environmental Trail Inverleith Park is not usually the habitat ofthc tiger but there's one hiding somewhere. Spot the big cat and other endangered species and fill in a questionnaire and perhaps win an ‘environmentally friendly‘ prize.

I Edinburgh City Libraries The Libraries have two tents this year. In the Story Telling Tent you can hear tales from many lands (Tue—Fri. 10am. 11am,noon,1pm, 2pm). a selection of Scottish stories

presented by Theatre Seanachaidh (Sat. On the hour from noon to 4pm; Sun. Noon, 1pm, 2pm) and Duncan Williamson will tell some traditional travellers‘ tales (Sun. 3pm. 4pm). The Drop In Tent contains books and related activities. Children can browse, draw, paint or just view the displays.

I Face-painting Due to last year‘s heavy demand, there will be a larger team of face-painters on site throughout the festival in the face-painting tent.

I Festival Banner Competition Collect your entry form when you buy your tickets. Banners will be displayed on site.

I Festival Passport Ottice Pick up your passport with your tickets and collect the international stamps from passport stations around the site. Tue—Fri. 10am—3pm; Sat and Sun.

10.30am——5 .30pm.

I Free Perlonnance Tent

Mr Boom Tue—Sun. 11am and 1pm. Singalong fun with the man from the moon.

Discovering Latin America, its Music and Culture Sat and Sun. Noon and 2pm. Music and songs by musician and songwriter Carlos Arredondo.

A Child’s Garden oi Verses Sat and Sun. 3pm. Robert Louis Stevenson‘s verses set to music by David Christopher.

Large Scale Games. Participatory play sessions led by Meynell Games. Tue—Fri. 10am—3pm. Look out for their Giant Sausage and large playball.

I The Play Den Soft play facilities for ages 5 and under. The Den will operate asa creche on Sat and Sun. Tue—Fri. lOam—3.30pm;Sat and Sun.

10.30am-5 .30pm.

I So You Want To Be a Journalist? It’s simple! Collect paper and pencil from the Evening News tent, write your Festival story and pop it in the box. Daily deadline is 3.30pm. The editor will choose several stories and print them in the next day‘s copy of the Evening News. Open to 15-year-olds and under.

Activities and iun

I THE ROYAL DOTANIC GARDEN Inverleith Row, 552 7171 ext454.

High Flyers 18 May 11am—1pm. Make and fly your own kite with Paul Carline.

ArI up the Amazon 1 Jun 11am—3pm. Botanical artist Margaret Mee leads a session in painting rainforest plants. (Bring sketch and painting materials and a packed lunch).

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

Grin and Bear it Day Sat 18 May. 3.30pm onwards. Bring a smile and a teddy for some competitions and fun.

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I EDINBURGH FILMHDUSE Lothian Road, l 228 2688.

Saturday afternoon children’s matinees;

5 all seats £1. bookable. Films start 2pm.

j Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (PG) 18

l May. Starship Enterprise lands in San

Francisco in 1986 to save the whale and the earth!

i Dreamchild (PG) Unlikely combination of i a Dennis Potter story about Lewis

Carroll‘s real-life Alice and Jim Henson's puppets.

The List 17—30 May 199173