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I THE 1995 PUPPET AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL Various venues across Edinburgh, East

lothian, West lothian, Stirling and Clydesdale. Fri 24 Mar-Sat 15 April. Details from The Netherhow, Edinburgh, 556 9579/2647. Proving there’s more to puppets than just Punch and Judy on Blackpool beach, the annual Puppet Festival opens this month across the Central Belt with 32 companies giving 112 performances in 28 venues. From the traditional bamboo marionettes of Mme Souhani’s Chinese Whisper (pictured above) to the high-tech puppets used by The All Electric Puppet Theatre in Time Wizard the festival, now in its tweltth year, is a three-week long bonanza of puppetry in all its myriad forms. The animation side of things is beefed up this year with an extensive programme at the Macnobert Arts Centre in Stirling. Topping the bill is flick Park’s Oscar winning Wallace and Cromit and other Aardman gems (with special appearance by technical director Clen Hall); Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas and a range of topsy turvy fairy tales such as Derek ilayes hilarous animation Prince Cinders. And for those who’d rather make their own entertainment, workshops in the art of puppet-making and animation will be on hand. See the official Puppet Festival programme for details.


Madcap Magic Bob. the popular

EAST LOTHIAN DISTRICT COUNCIL Dept of Leisure and Tourism in association with THE PUPPET and ANIMATION FESTIVAL

PUPPET THEATRE FOR CHILDREN IN EAST lOTIlIAN All Electric Puppet Theatre present '“E

featuring the many voices ofjon Pertwee at The Brunton Theatre. Musselburgh 25 March at 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Pop Up Theatre present on Saturday. I April at North Berwick Sports Centre at 10.30am - and at Longniddry Community Centre at 2.30pm

Parable Puppet Theatre

THE ADVENTURES OF IVAH THE SLUG on Wed 5 April at Prestonpans Community Centre at 2.30pm

Major Mustard's Travelling Show on Friday. 7 April *at Dunbar Corn Exchange at 10.30am‘

Little Angel Marionette Theatre


AHI OTHER TALL TALES on Friday. 7 April at 2.30pm ‘at Prestonpans Town Hall“

Hunter Puppet Theatre on Monday. 10 April at 10.30am The Port Seton Centre

Ian Turbitt's Puppet Theatre


on Wednesday. 12 April *at Haddington Corn Exchange at 10.30am* ‘at Macmerry Village Hall at 2.30pm"

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 Ellie Carr.


[MIM— Activities and Fun

I Saturday Science Club Huntarian Museum. University ofGlasgow. Sat 1 Apr—6 May. lOam—noon. £10 (booking essential). 330 4206. Ages 10—12. Budding bio-chemists and would-be boffins get the chance to try some hands-

on activities with the help of scientists from Glasgow University. Topics covered over the five weeks of the club include fossils. chemistry workshops. skeletons and human origins and the earth‘s atmosphere. The University is hosting various other science-related workshops and exhibitions suitable for kids around the time of national science week. Details can be obtained from the Huntarian Museum. 339 8855 (ext 4206).


I Who Framed Roger Rabbit (PG) Cannon Clarkston Road. Muirend. 637 2641. Sat 25 Mar. 10.30am. £1.60 (kids and adults). Doors open at 10.30am. See Film index.

I The Lion King (U) Cannon Clarkston Road. Muirend. 637 2641. Sat 4 Feb. 10.30am. £1.60 (kids and adults). Doors open at 10.30am. See Film index.


I Magic Bob Paisley Arts Centre. Paisley. Sat 25 Mar. 1pm. £1.75 (£1). 887 1010.

children’s entertainer. pays a visit to Paisley with his usual mix of magic tricks and comedy.

Activities and Fun

I Edinburgh International Science Festival Various venues in the city centre. Fri 31 Mar—Mon 17 April. See panel.


I Animal Magic Royal Museum of Scotland. Chambers St. 225 7534 (ex 219). Until 11 Jun. Mon—Sat. 10am—5pm; Sun noon—5pm. All ages. Free. See Art

listings. Special storytelling sessions are

available to nurseries and creche groups. book in advance with the museum.

I Star Trek: The Exhibition City Art Centre. 2 Market St. 529 3993. 4 Feb—7 May. Mon. Tues and Sat 10am—5pm; Wed—Fri 10am—9pm and Sun noon-5pm. £3.50 (£2 kids/con); family ticket £9. See Art listings.


I The lleverending Story 3 (U) Filmhouse. Lothian Road. 226 2688. Sat 25 Mar. 2.30pm. £1.50 (Adults £2.50). See Film index.

I The Mask (PG) Filmhouse. Lothian Road. 226 2688. Sat 1 Apr. 2.30pm. £1.50 (£2.50). See Film index.


I Puppet and Animation Festival Various venues across Edinburgh. East Lothian.

. West Lothian. Stirling and Clydesdale. Fri

24 Mar—Sat 15 Apr. Details from The Netherbow. Edinburgh. 556 9579/2647. See panel.


Activities and Fun

I Coastal Guided Walk Lunderston Bay. Firth of Clyde (meet at Lunderston Bay information centre). 01505 842882 for details. Sat 25 Mar. 10am. £1.50 (£0.55). All ages. Comb the beach and look for life in the rockpools on this organised walk along the shores of Lunderston Bay. Wrap tip warm and waterproof.

I Lambing at Horseley Farm Meet at Horsely Farm (just off the 86438 from Reston). Sun 2 April. 2—4pm. £1 (50p/free). Borders Regional Council Ranger Service. 01835 830281. A chance to see the lambing season in action at Horseley Farm. Visit the huge lamhing shed and watch the farmers at work with the sheep and newly born lambs. then join the countryside ranger for a tour round the rest of the farm. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and wear mudproof wellies!

I Stargazing llight Muirshiel Centre. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Strathclyde (offA760 near Largs). Fri 24 Mar. 7.30pm. Free. 01505 842882. At 800ft above sea level. the Muirshiel Centre is the perfect place for stargazing. Seek out stars. constellations. planets. even satellites. using telescopes. star maps and charts provided by the centre.

I Thomas the Tank Engine Bay Railway Kingdom. New Lanark Mills. New Lanark. Sun 26 Mar. Noon—5pm. £1.50 (80p); family ticket £4.30. 01555 666601. A Mother's Day visit to Scotland's largest model railway for Thomas and his friends.


Tickets for all shows: £2.00 (adults). £1.50 (children)

Adam House; Science Dome, Princes St Gdns; Iioyal Museum of Scotland and various except TIME WIZARD £3.50 (adults). £2.50 (children).

venues throughout Edinburgh. 31 Mar-17 Apr. Further information from the Science Festival box office on 557 4296. Our fully automated four-legged friend here is the face of ‘Madlab’, ‘Madlab’ being a series of workshops where children can make their own electronic gadgets, and just one of the many mind-boggling activities to be had at this year’s Science Festival. Full details of events for all ages can be found in the official Science Festival programme._

Tickets for each show are available from venues with the exception of the venues marked *. For further details and leaflet. please telephone

Brunton Theatre Box Office on 0I3| 665 2240

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