The last school holiday belore Christmas, the October Week has become established as the one of the most exciting times oi the year ior children. From reduced ticket prices at Leith’s Waterworld in Edinburgh, to the tree games and workshop programme at Haggs Castle, no child has the excuse that there’s nothing to do except watch TV.

The biggest series at events has been organised by Action Factory in Glasgow. Forthe third year running, their programme aims to reach a wide range oi children in all areas oi the city. It is a collaborative eiiort, with Arts Workers irom different parts oi Glasgow meeting to discuss the programme and then organising a way oi sharing it. Ticket prices are kept extremely low and they see the event as an essential part in the encouragement oi children’s own culture. "This year there are lots of participatory events’, said Phyllis Steel, a spokesperson for the


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collaborative group members. "It’s great ion for children and gives them the opportunity to learn something. For instance they might tackle an activity they have never done belore like tightrope-walking or making a rod puppet’

They expect over 10,000 children this year despite a cut in budget, but believe that the event has massive potential to expand even iurther.

Highlights this year include the Oily Cart Theatre Company whose show is aimed at very young children and concerns the environment, a range oi peek behind the scenes tours at the Evening Times, The King’s Theatre and the Glasgow Underground, and the Mail Art Postcard exhibition. "That’s the kind of thing we encourage. We would like children to be more outward looking and make contact with other children and other places.’ said Phyllis Steele. "out it’s a holiday and we want children to enjoy themselves.’ (Beatrice Colin)



See Panel. Advanced bookings are essential as numbers for most events are limited.

Activities and Fun

I CASTLEMILN LIBRARY 100 Castlemilk Drive , 632 2066.

Comics Workshop Tue 12-Fri 16 Oct. lOam—4pm. Learn how to create a comic with professional comic-strip artist, Graham Manley. The stories produced at the workshop will be put together and printed to form a whole comic book. (12+)


Maryhill Road, 332 9155.

African Art Workshop Tue 13 Oct. 2-4pm. £1. A workshop which explores African techniques with an artist from Ghana, where you can create some very striking cards. (6—12).

IEVENING TIMES 175 Albion Street, 552 6255. Mon lZ—Fri 16 Oct. 2.15—4pm. See how a paper is put together with a rare guided tour. (10+).

I GLASGOW UNDERGROUND 333 3270. Morning Cab Hides Mon 12—Fri 16 Oct. 10.30am,11am and 1 1.30am. Free. Jump on board the orange caterpillar and join the driver for a round trip. (5—11). Attemoon Control Room Visit Mon 12—Fri 16 Oct. 2-4pm. (12—18).

I KING'S THEATRE 294 Bath Street, 227 5006. Wed 14 Oct. 10.30—11.30am. A backstage tour of one of the biggest

theatres in Glasgow. Peek into the stars‘ dressing rooms, have a look at the wardrobe department and discover how the lighting system works. (5—12).

I THE OLD ATHENAEUM THEATRE 179 Buchanan Street, 332 2333.

Sklnt Knees Workshop Mon 12—Sat 17 Oct. 10am—noon. 75p per session. Popular drama workshops where the emphasis is firmly on fun. (7—12).

Scottish Youth Theatre Workshops Mon 12-Sat 17 Oct. 2—4.30pm. £1 per session. Learn all the skills involved in the world of the theatre. (13—18).

I LORNE STREET COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE 201 Govan Road, 429 7829. Dance. Dance, Dance, 'Chain Reaction’ Mon 12 Oct—Fri 16 Oct. lOam—noon and l—3pm. £1 registration fee. A week of dance workshops held by Eric Valentin. Express yourself with movement and rhythm. (IO—15).

Traditional Games Wed 14 Oct. 2—4pm. Free. Learn how to play cleeks, peever and girds. (5—12)

I PARTICK OURGH HALL Burgh Hall Street, 334 2000.

Drama Workshop Tue 13 Oct. 10am—noon. A lively workshop with Garry Stewart of the Baldy Bane Theatre Company which will create a short performance by the end of the session. (1 1—14).

Circus Skills Workshop Thurs 15 Oct. 10am—4pm (with lunch break). Learn some spectacular tricks with the world-famous Sparkie the Clown. Juggling, tight-rope walking and diabolo spinning will all be included. (1 1—15).

I SCOTTISH MASK AND PUPPET CENTRE 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale. 339 6185.

Puppet and Mask Workshops Mon 12—Sat 12 Oct. 11am—12.30pm and 2—3.30pm. (5—7) mornings and (8—12) afternoons. £2. Create a fabulous puppet or mask with a pile of old junk. Each day a different creature will be constructed including a simple rod puppet and a scary ghoul for Hallowe‘en.


I CARNWADRIC COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE 160 Camwadric Road, 638 6692. From Camwadric to Paris - A Young Person’s VIOW Mon 12—Sat 17 Oct. An account, in video, photography and words. of a visit to Paris by a group of young Scots.

I CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENTAL ARTS 18 Albion Street. Trongate. 552 2822.

Mail Art: “Points oi View’ Mon 12—Sat 30 Oct. 10am-5pm. From children allover Europe, an exhibition of postcard-size paintings and drawings. The theme is nationality.


Mon 19th to Sat 24th Oct. ’92

Mon 2pm/7pm. Tues & Wed 10.30am/7pm Thurleri 2pm/7pm. Sat 11am/2.30pm. Tickets from £2.50.

Box Office Tel: 031-557 2590 Party Bookings: 031-557 0540



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