I ABRIDGING THE BARD
‘Young people often suffer a iorce-ied, sterile, dry, textual approach. We get them up on their feet without shoving iambic pentameter down their throats.’ This is the view of Carol Winter, head of education for the English Shakespeare Company, which has set up a successful workshop company aimed at school students.
liow ESC brings Julius Caesar to Stirling, in a week at perionnances and workshops. Andy Stacker, one of the workshop co-ordlnators, explains how students of Shakespeare undergo the transition from blank uncamprebension to enthusiastic perionnance. ‘We create an extremely edited version oi the play, distilling a scene from each oi the five acts, dawn to an essence oi 30 lines,’ Stacker says. ‘Small groups re-enact the play, using their own English language and dialect, using their own modern idiom.’
Once they’re desensitised from the text, they go back to Shakespeare, but
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with all their enthusiasm, resulting in
inevitable transionnations. ‘Une girl started oii saying “This is old fashioned, I just don’t understand this language.” By the end she was periorming Shakespeare’s words but using her own language, so that anyone could understand it,’ say Stacker.
Julius Caesar has all the ingredients I
to awaken a developing political consciousness in its young audience. ‘In iact,’ says Stacker, ‘the aspects they most identify with are friends betraying and supporting each other.’ Aimed at an age range of thirteen upwards, young people in workshop don’t need to know the play, but seeing the play and being Brutus for a day, could see your child catching the bardic bug, and developing a healthy cynicism, all in one fell swoop. (CS) Julius Caesar, English Shakespeare Company, Macllobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, 0786 461 081 . Mon B-Sat 13 llov, 7.30pm plus 2.30pm on Wed and Fri. £9.50 (£7.50), school parties £4.50, students special £4.50 (Mon eve, Wed/Fri mats only). Tel 071 580 6505 for workshop details.
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Rain or shine, our at-a-glance guide will
see you through. Events are listed under
outdoors or indoors columns, and then
divided by city. Kids listings compiled by Gabe Stewart.
Activities and Fun ‘ l SENSE Ill SUBBCUlllllllCS The Young
1 Naturalists Club Lecture Room. Pollok
7 Country Park. 632 9299. Sat Nov 6.
? 10am. Come and explore your ﬁve senses
' within the environs of the ark.
I DRAES D’GLENIFEER WALK Gleniffer
Braes Country Park. Glen Lodge.
Glenﬁeld Road. 884 3794. Sun 14 Nov.
; 2pm. Free. Accompanied children are welcomed on this informal walk. I FEEDING BIRDS IN WINTER Mugdock Country Park. Craigend Visitors Centre. 956 6100. Sun 14 Nov. 2—3.30pm. Free. Bring the whole fatnin along and make bird tables and feeders for your garden.
, Bonfire Night
1 I A DINONIGHT EVENT Glasgow Green
, (near the People‘s Palace nu! Flesher‘s
. Haugh as in previous years). Debbie
. Murray 227 5080. Fri 5 Nov. 6.30 for 7.30pm (ends approximately 8.45pm). Free. No ordinary bonﬁre night this . . .
Entertainment starts off with the Radio
Clyde Roadshow. followed by a dramatic ﬁre sculpture on the theme ofdinosaurs. and a ﬁreworks display synchronised to the music OfJurassic Park.
: I GUY EAWNES NIGHT AND BARBECUE
' Paisley Canal and Waterways Society.
Carlile Quay. 0505 320451 (day) 0505 321857 (eve). Sat Nov 6. 7pm
EDINBURGH ; Bonfire Night
I FIREWORN DISPLAY Meadowbank Sports Stadiutn. London Road. 661 5351.
Fri 5 Nov. 6.15 for 7.15pm (ends
‘ approximately 8.05pm). £1.50 stand (seats
f under cover). 75p ground (seats not under
, cover). no concessions. Pre-display
entertainment includes pipe band display
? and music from Radio Lollipop. followed
by a 50-minute display. Tickets now
; available from Meadowbank. Royal Commonwealth Pool. Gracemount
. Leisure Centre. Craiglockhart Sport Centre. Ainslie Park and Jack Kane Centres.
1Activities and Fun
I SCOTLAND STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM
. 225 Scotland Street (Opposite Shields
: Road Underground). 429 1202. Mon—Sat
10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Free. Queen Margaret of Scotland Until Sun 21
Nov. This commemoration Of Queen Margaret‘s 900th anniversary is set against the periods social and religious background.
Discovering Scotland Sat 6 Nov 1993—Sun 9 Jan 1994. With the National Museum of Scotland‘s hands-on exhibition you can see. feel. hear. taste ﬁrst hand. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult. For safety reasons. under 6s are not allowed in the exhibition. Open to the public at weekends; booked school parties only on weekdays.
I CHILDREN’S AUTUMN FAIR AND COFFEE MORNING Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Bearsden Burgh Hall. 639 5344. Sat 6 Nov. 9.30am—l2.30pm. Children‘s games and prizes included amongst the home-baking and Christmas goodies.
Activities and Fun
I BUILD TOTEM POLES AND SNYSCRAPERS Stockbridge Library. Hamilton Place. 332 2173. Mon 8 Nov. 3.15—4.15pm. Free. 7—11 years. Tickets available in advance.
I BUILD WEE WIGWAMS AND SHINY SNYSCRAPERS Fountainbridge Library (Community Room). Dundee Street. 229 4588. Wed 10 Nov. 3.30—4.30pm. Free. Thirty-ﬁve tickets available in advance. I STORYTELLING AND WATERCOLOUR PAINTING Upper Gallery. Netherbow Theatre. High Street. 556 9579. Sat 6. 13 Nov; 18 Dec. 2.30—4pm. £3. 6—9 years. Listen tO a story. then paint a watercolour based on folk tales from around the world. Twelve places only. so book in advance. I CHARITIES HYPERMARNET Assembly Rooms. George Street. 220 4348. Thurs 18—Sat 20 Nov. 10am-5pm. Free entry. This popular event is a great opportunity for children to buy Christmas shopping at
‘ pocket money prices.
I MGM FILM CENTRE SATURDAY MATINEES Lothian Road. 228 1638.
2 £1.50. Films start at l 1am. doors open ‘ 10.30am. 6 Nov Femgully. the Last
Rainforcst (U) Animated ﬁlm. 13 Nov Bill and Ted '5' Excellent Adventure (PG). I FILMHOUSE SATURDAY MATINEES
g Lothian Road. 228 2688. £2. Films start at ; 2.30pm. 6 Nov Lord oft/1e Rings (PG) Tolkien's anitnation/live action classic. 13
Nov The IVlH‘hc’S (PG) Adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s book using Jim Henson creations.
I IT’S ONLY A GAME - WAR TOYS FROM THEN AND NOW City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3541. Sat 6 Nov l993—Sat 8 Jan 1994. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Free. This exploration of the development of war toys outlines the history of their production and design up to the present day. as represented by Transformers and Ninja Turtles. But how politically correct are they? Come along and ﬁnd out.
I CHILDREN’S CINEMA - THE GOLDEN AGE Museum of Childhood. 42 High Street. 529 4598. Until Sat 20 Nov. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Free. A nostalgic look at cinema-going.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES
I ENGLISH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. 0786 461 081. Mon 8—Sat 13 Nov. 7.30pm. plus 2.30pm on Wed and Fri. £9.50 (£7.50). school parties £4.50. students special £4.50 (Mon eve and Wed and Fn‘ mats only). The acclaimed touring company presents an accessible. entertaining and thought-provoking Julius Caesar. supported by a comprehensive educational package including study material and workshops. See panel.
62 The List 5—18 November 1993