Oct. Various venues. Various times. Call Giant Productions on 0141 334 2000 for more

bookings/more information. You’ve only just recovered from having the kids home all day during the summer hols and now they’re back to light up your life for another week. But no worries. Glasgow‘s biggest and best arts festival for kids is here to entertain the little darlings for the 0ctober week. Hundreds of shows, workshops and activities, all at reasonable prices, and all at a venue near you. What are you waiting for? The super-smiley saxophone player in the picture is Cara Wilson from 0in Cart

Theatre Co who perform a show called The Perfect Present. See listings for details of

this and other Action Factory highlights.

Rain or shine, our at-a-glance guide will see you through. Events are divided by city and then listed by type of activity. Kids listings compiled by Ellie Carr.

Activities and Fun

I Cartoon Workshop Castlemilk Library. 100 Castlemilk Drive. Booking: Andrea McMillan ()34 2603. Mon lo—Fri 20 ()ct. 2pm—4pm. Free. Ages 8—!2. Go doodle- niad under the guidance of artist David Shi‘igley. as he passes on the trade secrets required to create the weird and wacky characters and punchy one-liners that make a traditional caption cartoon. Part of Giant Prtxluction‘s Action Factory Festival for kids. I Evening Times Tours Iii-wring Times. I95 Albion Street. Bookings: Janice Spence 552 6255 ext 3 l 35. Mon lfi-Fri 20 ()ct. 2.15pin—3.3()prii. Free. Ages It) plus. Your chance to see what goes on behind the scenes of a major newspaper. Places limited so book in advance. Part of Giant Production's Action Factory Festival for kids. I Creative Dance Course Scottish Ballet. 261 West Princes Street. Booking: Helen Maclean 227 552‘). Mon lo-Fri 20 ()ct. 2.30pm—430pni. £2 each workshop. Ages 8- l2. Learn to fly like Peter Pan in these creative dance sessions based round the Scottish Ballet's production about the boy who didn‘t want to grow tip. Ideal for beginners. Part ofGiant Production‘s Action Factory festival for kids. I Visit to Underground Control Room Glasgow Underground. Thurs 1‘) ()ct. 2.30piii—4.30piii. Free. Ages 1 1—18. Booking: Amanda Brown 332 3280. Find out what goes down in the control room of Glasgow Underground and travel back from Broomloan Depot in Govan via lbrox to St Enoch. Part of Giant

Production‘s Action Factory Festival for kids.

I Underground Cab Hides Glasgow Underground. Mon l(r--Fri 20 ()ct. l0.25ain; 10.50am; ll. 15am. Free. Ages 5-l I. Join the driver at the wheel of his train. in these special 25-minute trips round the underground system in the train‘s control cab. Part of Giant Production‘s Action Factory Festival for kids.

I Costa Del Dumbarton Road Partick Burgh Halls. Burgh Hall Street. Bookings: Giant Productions 33-1 2000. liarly booking is recommended for all events.

l.30pm—350pm. t.‘ l .50. Ages 8— I2. (-‘reate gl'tlys‘ll-llp-si/t‘tl puppets with the help of the expert pirppeteers of Whistlestop. Douglas Kerr and Sylvia Troon. Part of Giant Production's Action Factory Festival for kids.

Dragon Busters Wanted Mon lot-rt 20 ()et. I0.30am- I0.45am; llam-l l. I5am. I'ree. Ages 5-»l0. lixtrerriely brave children required to defeat tire-breathing dragon and rescue princess. No previous dragon-slaying qualifications necessary. Mindscapes activities are also suitable for children with impairments. For further

information call Alan on 55-185o0. Part of:

1 Giant Piodtrction‘s Action Factory

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Festival for kids.

Club 5-12 Mon lo -Fri 20 ()ct. l0am—-3pm. £3. Ages 5—12. Keep those winter woollies under wraps fora few weeks more and head for indoor sunshine

Festival for kids.


I Getting Nosey (‘astlennlk Community (‘entie |2l (‘astlemilk Drive. Booking: Drina Anderson (vi-I 2233. Tue I7 ()ct. I0am. 50p; liastlield (‘oinmtmity ('entre. Dukes Road. Booking: Rena Mellon (MI 83 I‘). Tue 17 ()ct. 2pm. 50p. Ages -l pltrs. F.v er seen furniture juggle. penguins dance or cabbages srng'.’ Well now’s yer

I/re lI'i/r lr (Illi/ l/lt‘ Iliiii/i'o/re. Sat 3pm.

I £2-~£l~1. Meet the wicked \Vhite \Vitch. the lion-god Aslan. .iiid the children who

travel to the riiagrcal kingdom of Narnia to riieet them. in this fabulous stage adaptation .il'CS. I.evvis‘ famous book

Activities and Fun

' I High Street Carnival llrgh Street. near

Blackfr'iai's Street. (‘all 220 2050 for more info. Sat 7 ()ct. Noon 2.30pm. Part of a least of local entertainiirent going under

the banner" :Iiilii/ii/i (io/r/ in Hie ()/(/ 'liirrii. this mini street-fest vv ill include the

chance - the Flying (‘liestycol'l's do all thisi

and more. Part ofGiant Pi'odtrction's Action Factory Festival for kids.

I A Midsummer Night’s Dream Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 837 NW). Mon Iot)ct. 7pm. £4 (£1). Ages S plus. Well versed children's theatre company Iltillaballoo with a ftiii. energetic and colourful interpretation of Shakespeare‘s classic using mask. ptrppcts and original music. Part of Giant Productions Action Factory festival for kids.

I The Perfect Present Paisley Airs (‘enti'c. New Street. SS7 l0l0. 'l‘tie l7 ()ct. 2pm. {I (£2). Ages ‘sv-5. Then various venues till Sat 2] ()et. Pick up an Action Factory brochure or call (iiaiit Productions 334 2000 for details. Giant Productions Action Factory Festival for kids. See photo caption.

I The Magician‘s Nephew King's

Part of

Theatre. Bath Street. 227 55l l. Until Sat

at Costa Del Durnbarton Road. Admission

to Club 5»—l2 will buy you a winter blues beater package of: return ticket around the (‘osta. a guided tour round multi-mcdia activities and workshops. and bucketloads of materials. Grown-ups can rest in the

shade of Cafe Crisp. run by local caterers

Tattiebogles. NB: hrnclr and supervision

during lunch is not included. Part of Giant 1

Production's Action Factory Festival for kids.

Tin-Can Dancing 'l‘hui's 19 ()et. llarii--I2.30prn. £l. Ages 8—12. Glasgow's street-dance posse. Projekt

l l:()2 teach their customised version of the traditional Zulu warrior tin-can dance- style. Please bring two empty soft drink cans and wear loose. comfy clothes. Part

of Giant Production's Action Factory

Festival for kids. T-Sllil’t Making Mon 16 ()ct. l.30prir—3.30pin. £1.50. Ages 5~8. They

supply the T—shirts. you supply the bright

ideas. Come in old clothes as things could get messy. Part ofGiant Production‘s Action Factory Festival for kids.

life-Size Puppets Thurs 1‘) ()ct.

i l l

7 Oct. Fri 7pm; Double bill with The lion.

lidinburgh Sanrba Band. The l.oclrwiimoch People's (‘aiinval Band. lair 'l‘tirbitt the 'Puppet Peddlei”. face-painting and model l‘tllltltlllutlllllltll making.


I Children in Focus .\ltl.\t'tllll of Childhood. .12 High Street. 225 212-1. llntil Sat 25 Nov. Mon Sat l0am (rpm: Stiti 2pm -5pm. Free. Gain a unique insight into the ll\ es of children over the last I50 years with this special lulu/(M International Festival of Photography covering. everything from formal portraits to holiday snaps.


I Theatre of Story, Theatre of Dreams The Netherbow ’l'heaire. M 45 High Street. 550 957‘) [and various venues across Scotland]. Sat l-l Sat 2| ()ct. Various times. Scotland‘s first ever Iiuropean Season of Mask and Puppet 'l‘lieatr'e arrives at the Netherbow. with a rich tiiix of shows for adults and children. and a touring programme that extends beyond the east coast to ( ilasgow and even Aberdeen. See special preview section.

I The Mr Men Alphabet Show king's Theatre. 2 I.even Street. 220 434‘). to (£5); family ticket L20. Ages 2 S See photo caption.


I THE MR MEN ALPHABET SHOW King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, 220 4349. £6 (£5); family ticket £20. Ages 2-8. The fabulous Mr Men (with special appearances from the Little Misses) live on stage. Join them all in Letterland for an alphabetl stew of , songs, fun and laughter.

74 The List 6-l9 Oct I995