It’s a long way lrom the dressing-up box to the Festival Theatre stage, but some things never change, as popular children’s entertainers The Singing Kettle will prove later this month when they dig out the lull booty lor their latest singalong show Pirates. Eye patches, wooden legs and spotty hankies will be de rigeur, as cast and audience alike take on the guise at those legendary cowboys ol the high seas. ‘The children love dressing up as baddles,’ says Artie Trezise, one hall ol the husband and wile team who run the show at Singing Kettle. ‘We’ve had some great outlits solar.’

As ever, the company’s trademark tubby red kettles also have a star part to play. ‘The plot at the show is that the pirates have stolen our precious cargo ol singing kettles and hidden them on Devil’s lsland,’ says Trezise. ‘In order to get them back the crew of the good ship Singalong have to make the voyage to the island, where the challenge is to recover the kettles

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belore the pirates return.’

It’s a tense state at altairs, especially as the pirates in question are a ruthless band at cut-throats. ‘They’re a pretty nasty lot,’ warns Trezise. ‘They’d probably make us walk the plank it they caught us.’ Thanklully there’s always a Singing Kettle ditty at hand to keep up everyone’s spirits. ‘cilla [Fisher] has written quite a lew new songs lor the show,’ says Trezise. One ol them, Pirates Bold is already becoming a signature. What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor? has been another lavourite. It’s a song I never would

I have thought of doing lor children, but 1 it’s been a great success. It’s a catchy , song that everyone knows, and the

children have a whale ol a time

- helping to steady some very inebriated sailor puppets.’ (Ellie Garr)

Pirates, The Singing Kettle, Edinburgh .

Festival Theatre, Mon Til-Sat 15 July, 2.30pm; 5.30pm then touring.

llain 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 Garr.


Activities and Fun

I Going Barmy in Bellahouston Bellahouston Park (Dumbreck Road opposite Nithsdale Road). Sun 9 July. 2pm. Free. Organised fun and games with the countryside rangers. in one of Glasgow's favourite green spots.

I Small Game Hunting Mttgdock Country

Park (A81 Milngavie—Strathblane Road) 636 3043. Sun 2 July. 2—3.30pm. Free. Track mice and voles on the sprawling plains of Mugdock Park.

I Sma’ Shot Day Throughout Paisley. Sat 1 July. 11am till late. Information on this and other Paisley Festival Events from 0141 889 3151 ext 222. A local festival which dates back to the 19th century. when it was the annual holiday for weavers of the world famous Paisley patterned shawls. The name Sma' Shot refers to a historic dispute that the Paisley weavers fought and won with their mill bosses. Now an official town festival. it’s a great day out for the family. with the colourful weavers procession. bands. charity stalls. and just for the kids Magic Bob. children‘s fairground. a book tent and sports canopy where you can try out ‘Bar Fly‘.

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Activities and Fun

I Summer Discovery Days Royal Botanic Garden. Edinburgh. 552 7171. Meet in the Exhibition Hall. Wed l2Ju1y—Wed 2 August (Wed only). 10am-noon. £2 (accompanying adult helpers free). Ages 8—12. Join the ranks of Scottish Wildlife Trust's Trainee Ranger Team for nature- based fun and activities on a different theme each week.


Activities and Fun

I Saturday Puppet Show Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre. 8—10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. Sat 1 July. 2pm. £2.50 (£1.50). Little Red Riding Hood is in for a big surprise when she meets a dinosaur instead of a wolf. A back to front fairy tale from The amazing Mr Bones' Travelling Puppet Theatre with songs. games. custard pies. and needless

to say. puppets. I Summer Splash Strathclyde Arts

Centre. 12 Washington Street. Call 334 2000/22] 4526 for full programme

(1 lam—~3ptn weekdays only). Throughout July/August. See photo caption.


I The Magical World ol the Care Bears King‘s Theatre. 227 5511. Tue 4 July. 2.30pm. £4 (£3.50). Age 3—10. Join the day-glo bears with hearts of gold for a one-off show packed with magic. music and comedy.


I Dolls, Dolls, Dolls Scotland Street School Museum. 225 Scotland Street. 429 1202. Sat I July—Mon 20 August. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Free. Glasgow museums dust off their doll collection as over 100 of Barbie‘s predecessors receive a make-over for this new exhibition.


I Kidsamonium Glasgow International Jazz Festival. Ramshortt Theatre. 98 Ingram Street. Booking and information 305 7500. Sat 8 July. 1pm-6pm. Adults £3 (£1); children free. One for the junior jazzers. as the Glasgow Jazz Festival present their second special music event aimed at the under-10s. Leading musicians from all over Europe dish up the sounds. while toys. refreshments. face- painting and other entertainment cart be

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Activities and Fun

I Forget Your Toothbrush! Theatre Workshop. 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425. Mon 3—Fri 7 July. 10—1 1.30am daily. £5 for week. Ages 5-7; Mon l()—-Fri 1~1Jtt1y. 10—1 1.30am daily. £5 for week. Ages 7~9. Switch off the Sega! Pttt away the Power Rangers! Tum off the TV! Theatre Workshop invite you to go and do something less boring instead with these week-long summer holiday drama workshops.

Film I Into The West (PG) Filnthouse. I.othian

Road. 226 2688. Sat 1 July. 2.30pm. £1.50 (Adults £2.50). See film index.


I Pirates Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. Mon 10-Sat 15 July. 2pm/6pm. £5—£7. See panel.

I Netherbow Puppet Theatre Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579/2647.

The Spider ol Spindle Wood Mon 3—Fri 5 July. 2.30pm. £3 (£2). Age 5 and over. Spindlewood Puppets with a show that includes a Scottish spider. Mr Punch's less bolshie cousin Kasper. Yorkshire puddings and audience participation to boot.

Pigs Can Fly Mon 10—Fri 14 July. 2.30pm. £3 (£2). Age 3 and over. Sylvia Troon Puppets present the tale of Tommy the dreamer whose fantasies become reality when he meets a robotic flying pig and is flown off into another world.


Activities and Fun

I Children’s Challenges Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. Barbecue Site One. 01506 88225-1. Noon—2pm. Free. Age 8 and over. Games and activities to keep the kids occupied while mum and dad get to work on the barbie. Bring your own food.

I llopetoun Country Fair llopetoun House. South Queensferry. 0131 331 2451. Sun 9 July. 11am—5pm. £3.50 (50p). Family day out in the grounds of this magnificent stately home. witn crafts marquee. musical entertainment. arena events and pipe bands. Also see Days Ottt.


I Pirates McRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. 01786 461081. Mon 3—Sat 8 July. 2pm/5.30pm. £6 (£5). See panel.

2000/221 4526 for lull programme (11am-3pm weekdays only). Throughout July/August. Flippers at the ready! Glasgow dives into action this summer with a programme ot events guaranteed to banish holiday boredom lrom the streets. Kicking in with a perlonnance lrom Gee Whlnll theatre company on Mon 3 July, the tun keeps on running lor six whole weeks. Try your hand at printed textiles in the craft workshops; learn the lingo with Fun French; let your looks loose at the Giant Fashion “airshow; or get into the groove with street dancers from Project 11:92.

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