Events are listed by city, then alphabetically by activity. ltlds Listings compiled by Beatrice Colin.
Activities and Fun
I iIILLIIEAD UBRARY 348 Byres Road. 946 5798.
I Can Do That Sat 27 Mar. 2pm. 50p. A Culture City Kids multi-media workshop (8-16).
I LITTLE MARCUS Templeton Street. 554 7184. Mon—Sat 10am—7pm. £3 for 90 minutes. A children's indoor rampage area featuring bouncy castles. ball pits. a soft toy area and slides. Children must be under 4ft 7in and under 3s must be supervised.
I MARYIIILL BURGII IIALL Garbraid Avenue.
Youth Performance Group Sundays. Noon—3pm. 50p. Games. warm-up exercises and the chance to make up and learn new dance pieces. No experience required (8—14 years).
I ST ENDCII CENTRE ICE RINK 55 St Enoch Square. 221 5835. Mon—Fri 12.30—4.30pm: Sat 10am-12.30pm. 1—4.30pm and 5—6.45pm; Sun 1—4.30pm. Admission £2.50 (including skate hire) except Sun; £2.
I ART GALLERY 8 MUSEUM, NELVINGRDVE 357 3929. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 11am—5pm.
innocence and Experience Until 25 Apr. Sixty paintings. drawings. sculptures and prints which look at childhood. From a 17th century toddler to Gilbert and George‘s Berry Boys. this show is a diverse and expansive collection of images of children.
I IIAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive. 427 2725.
Easter Workshops Sat 3—18 Apr. Mon—Fri 10.15am and 2.15pm; Sat—Sun 2.15pm. Free. Book now for a variety of workshops and activities including nature walks and Easter Bonnet-making sessions. I ININTERIAN MUSEUM University of Glasgow. 330 4221. Mon-Sat 9.30—5pm. Free.
El'th . . . Lite Fossils. amoebae. dinosaurs . . . A brand new show which explains the history of the planet and its inhabitants.
I LILLIE ART GALLERY Station Road. Milngavie. 943 3247. Mon—Fri 10am-5pm; Sat—Sun 2—5pm.
Children’s Art Class Exhibition Sal 3 Apr-24 Apr.
I MUSEUM DF EDUCATION Scotland Street Museum. 429 1202. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
Design Award Exhibition Until Fri 2 Apr. A display of competition-winning childrens' art works.
Story-telling Tue 6—Thurs 8 Apr. 1.30—2.30pm. (4+).
Back to School Sun 4 Apr. 2.30pm. Spend an afternoon with Mrs Robertson. a teacher from the past. Booking essential.
I BELLSIIILL CULTURAL CENTRE 0698 267515.
A Box of Secrets Sat 27 Mar. 2pm. £1.50. The Runaway Train in their latest musical
show about friendship and secrets. It features songs. a magic Jack in the Box and loads of spontaneous fun.
I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. 887 1010.
The Magic Flute Sat 3 Apr. 7pm. Kids £1.50; adults £2.50; family £7. Alchemy Theatre Company in an accessible adaptation of one of Mozart‘s finest works.
Activrties and Fun
I GMGIE CITY FARM 51 Gorgie Road. 337 4202. 9.30am—4pm. Free. Lambs. a cow. a pony. goats and loads of small furry creatures at the farm in the heart of the city.
I JAMES TIIIN 57 George Street. 225 4495.
ilolt ilarrls Sat 27 Mar. 10am-noon. Entertaining Aussie in an informal cartoon-drawing and story-telling session. I MURRAYFIELD ICE RINK Riversdale Cres. 337 6933. Mon—Fri 2.30—4.3()pm; Mon. Wed. Fri 5—7pm; Sat 10am—noon. 2.30—4.30pm. 7.30—10.30pm; Sun
10-1 1.30am. 2.30—4.30pm. Admission (including skate hire) £1 .8()—£3.
I STEFFIK STNES l 12 West Bow. 226 4413 ext 16.
ilrama Workshop Saturdays. Noon—1pm. £2 (concessions available). Theatre games leading up to a Christmas production. Every aspect of theatre including costume. make-up and lighting will be covered in the course of the year (8—12 years).
I CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street. 225 2424. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm.
Land of the Dragon: olnosaurs trom China Until 26 Jun. Six huge. fossilised skeletons including a 70ft-long Mamenchisauruus. Also a range of fossilised footprints. eggs and dinosaur stamps. and a computer game where you experience a prehistoric life and try not to end up as a dead dinosaur. Admission Kids £1; adults £2.
I MUSEUM DF CIIILDIIDDD 42 High Street. 225 2424. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Dinosaurs - Selling the Legend Fri 2 Apr-29 May. To complement the City Art Centre's show. a look at the impact of the dinosaur on popular culture from 1830 until today. The show includes loads of dino-inspired objects including comics. books. models and toys.
I NIK’S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 229 4840.
Fireman Sam - lieady for Action Tue 6_—Fri 9 Apr 2pm and 5pm; Sat 10 Apr
1 1am. 2pm and 5pm. Kids £5.50/£6; adults £6.50/£7. Family tickets available. The hero from Pondy Pondy Fire Station in a brand new adventure (2—6 years).
I EDINBURGH PUPPET AND ANIMATIDN FESTIVAL Tue 30 Mar—Sat 10 Apr. Tickets bookable in advance on 220 4349. otherwise from venue on day of performance. if available. Events also at Filmhouse. Portobello Town Hall and Thomas Morton Hall, Leith. Call above number for details.
I ASSEMBLY RDDMS 54 George Street. 220 4349.
LDDK, IID STRINGS
technology has arrived at the tenth annual Edinburgh Puppet and Animation Festival, which is being held at various venues during the Easter holidays. The event continues to attract the best national companies, and highlights this year include the Clown .lewels production or “Zoom Theatre’s Exhibit ’A”, which uses live actors and interactive animation, plus a series of workshops by Terry Lee, ol Spitting image and Jim ilenson tame, who will be revealing some trade secrets.
For younger children, Pipsquedi, the mouse who lives in a magic cupboard, will be having loads oi adventures and hobo-Pinocchio will be tending ott giant fish and monsters in open lland Theatre Company’s production.
This is the second yr that the festival has expanded to include animation and there is a lull programme or screeings at the Fllmhouse (see Film section). The move proved so successful last year that attendance figures doubled overall and this year the organisers are expecting similar numbers.
As new technology continues to break boundaries, there are no trontlers to how tar the imagination can be stretched. Together with the dynamic and creative nature of puppetry, this testivai promises to be
hobo-Pinochio by the Open ilaad
Theatre Company the most innovative and exciting yet. (Beatrice Colin)
The Edinburgh Puppet and Animation Festival 1993. Tue 30 Mar-Sat to Apr.
hobo-Pinocchio Tue 30 Mar—Thurs 1 Apr 10am and 1.30pm; Fri 2 Apr 7.30pm and Sat 3 Apr 11am. Kids £2; adults £3. The Open Hand Theatre Company in funny. fantastic show with a mechanical puppet. a menacing monster and a big scary fish. loom Theatre: Exhibit ‘A’ Thurs 8 Apr. 2.30pm. Kids £2; adults £3. It's the year 2020 and things aren’t running smoothly at the low-budget. high-hopes TV studio. Using live actors. cartoons and interactive animation. the Clown Jewel's unusual space-age production is aimed at older children.
Zoom Theatre Extended Workshop Mon 5-—Wed 7 Apr. 10.30am—4.30pm. Kids £4; adults £6.50. Learn puppetry. mask live- action and animation with the Clown Jewels. The 3-day course is based on the themes of the Exhibit ‘A‘ production (13 and over).
Zoom Theatre Workshop Thurs 8—10 Apr. 10.30—12.30pm. £1.50. The Clown Jewels in inspirational sessions for 8—13-year- olds. Try mask. puppetry and ‘live animation’. using computer and video techniques.
An lmpro-Theatre Session Mon 5-Tue 6 Apr. 10.30am—12.30pm. Kids £1.50; adults £2.50. Join Green Ginger Microtheatre’s Terry Lee. an ex-Spitting Image and Jim Henson puppeteer. to learn some ‘Muppet'. and Bunraku-style puppetry techniques.
I TIIE NETHERBDW 43—45 High Street. 556 9579/2647. Kids £1.50; adults £2.50. The Grasshopper, the Ant and the Little Pine Tiee Tue 30 Mar—Fri 2 Apr. 10am. A show for pre-school children by Ian Turbitt's Puppet Theatre. Sing with the grasshopper and find out which of the forest trees will keep him warm in winter. The Town House and the Country House Tue 30 Mar-Fri 2 Apr. 1.30pm. A fun~ filled show which also tackles various educational themes including racial harmony and the environment (3—6 years).
The Well at the World’s End Sat 3 Apr.
10am and 2.30pm. Shadow. rod and glove puppets in four traditional Celtic stories by Ian Turbitt's Puppet Company.
Robin Hood Mon 5—Wed 7 Apr. 10am. Major Mustard‘s Travelling Show in a puppet version of the Prince of Thieves. Cinderella Mon 5—Wed 7 Apr. 1 1.30am. More fun with Major Mustard in an unusual version of the traditional tale. Help Cinderella as she tries to avoid going to the ball.
ilicliory ooc’s Clock Mon S-ch 7 Apr. 2.30pm. A show for younger children based on two familiar nursery tales. Sisters Thurs 8 Apr. 1 1am and 2.30pm. Set in the ward. this is a medical. musical show.
I RDSEBERY IIALL High Street. Queensferry. Kids £1.50; adults £2.50. The Magic Berry Tue 30 Mar. 10.30am. What happens when Hazel eats something she shouldn‘t? Lempen Puppets in a rod- puppet show with hand-carved ﬁgures. The Fairy Flute Wed 31 Mar and Thurs 1 Apr. 10.30am. Another Lempen Puppet adventure about a boy who is given a strange present.
Pipsqueak in the Picture Mon 5 and Thurs 8 Apr. 10.30am. Set in a magic toy cupboard. what happens when Pipsqueak the toy mouse ﬁnishes painting his masterpiece? (Under 7).
P tor Pipsqueak Mon 5 Apr. 2.30pm. A poetry competition causes havoc in the magic toy cupboard.
The Magic Journey Tue 6 Apr 2.30pm; Wed 7 Apr 10.30am and 2.30pm. Loosely based on the legend of Orpheus. Lambeth Children's Theatre Company in a mask and puppet action-packed comedy. Pipsqueak’s Problem Thurs 8 Apr. 10.30am. Learn to count with Pipsqueak as he cracks a crime in the toy cupboard. Puppet Workshop Tue 30 Mar—Thurs 1 Apr. 1—3pm. £1.50. Make a puppet character with Lempen Puppets. Bring an old glove or a plastic bottle and wear old clothes (7- 12s).
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