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.
I DANNY THE DINOSAUR Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, 8871010. Sat 11 Nov. 11am; 12.30pm; 4pm. £4 (21). Ages 3-6. Bursting out all over in a new show at Paisley Arts Centre, is this triendly little tella named Danny the Dinosaur. Danny is an lguanadon, and he’s joined by lriends the Naughty Gnomes, Harry and Carry, the Sleepy Sloth and the Nosy Postman in a show packed with puppets, actors, masks and music.
Activities and Fun
I High Street Carnival High Street. near Blackfriars Street. Call 220 2056 for further info. Sat 4 Nov. Noon—2.30pm. Free. Part of a feast of entertainment going under the banner Autumn (in/(I in the Old 'lbir/i. this mini street-fest will include the ever-rhythmic Edinburgh Samba Band battling for sound space with the Lochwinnoch People’s Carnival Band and various other autumnal attractions. ranging from lan Turbitt the ‘Puppet Peddlar‘. face-painting. and a chance to make your own model balloons.
I olant Puppets The Tron Kirk. High Street at South Bridge. Call 220 2056 for further info. Sat 4 Nov. Noon—2.30pm. Free. As part of the Autumn Gold in the
()ltl 'Iim‘n festivities. Edinburgh Puppet Company will wheel out their larger than life ‘guy'. and invite kids and adults to help make star wands and streamers to decorate the huge puppet. Hullaballoo Children's Theatre will also be on hand with a few lessons in the art of mask- making.
I Danny the Dinosaur Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. Sat 11 Nov. 11am; 12.30pm; 4pm. £4 (£1 ). 860130010 caption.
I Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre 8-10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. 2pm. £2.50 (£1.50)
Peter Rabbit Sat 4 Nov. Ages 3—7. Ian Turbitt and his popular puppet company return with an adaptation of Beatrix Potter‘s much loved tale.
Jack and the Beanstalk Ages 3—8. Whistlestop combine colourful puppets. storytelling. live music and songs in their production of the boy. the beanstalk and the giant.
I The Pine and the Eagle Govan Town Hall. Information: ()131 447 4784. Tue 7—Fri 10 Nov. Tue—Wed. l()am/lpm (schools performance); Thurs. 6.30pm; Fri l()am (schools performance). See photo caption.
I BioScience in Scotland Royal Botanic Garden Exhibition Hall. 20A Inverleith Row. 552 7171. Until 31 Aug 1996. Nov—Feb. 10am—3.30pm; Sept—()ct/Mar—Aug. 10am—5pm. Free. Huge exhibition featuring the science and technology activities of eleven major research organisations based in Scotland. illustrated by interactive computer displays. videos. 3-D models (including a giant midge) and hands-on exhibits to bring the subject alive.
I Children in Focus Museum of Childhood. 42 High Street. 225 2424. Until Sat 25 Nov. Mon-Sat 10am—6pm; Sun 2—5pm. Free. From slicked-back hair formal portraits to carefree holiday snaps. thisjbmfeis International Festival of Photography exhibition puts children's lives over the past 150 years in the frame. Film
I Lord of the Rings (PG) Filrnhouse. Lothian Road. 226 2688. Sat 4 Nov . 2.30pm. £2.20 (£1.50). See Film index.
I Thief of Bagdad (U) Filmhouse. Lothian Road. 226 2688. Sat 11 Nov .
2.30pm. £2.20 (£1.50). See Film index.
More welrd puppet run with Edinburgh Puppet Company at Autumn Gold, Edlnburgh
I The Thirteen Secrets of Poetry Assembly Rooms (Ballroom) 54 George Street. Ticketline: 220 4349. Wed 15—Fri 17 Nov. 10.30am (schools shows); Sat 18 Nov. 10.30am (public performance). £2. Ages 7—11. Prolific poet and plawright Adrien Mitchell brings his unique kids' show to the Assembly Alive! autumn entertainment season. Over the course of an hour. Adrien will unwrap thirteen brightly painted bundles. each containing the secrets of poetry-writing (parents with poetic pretensions may wish to eavesdrop!) which he then illustrates with guess what? — thirteen perfect poems. Children will have the chance to badger Adrien with questions during the show. I The Pine and the Eagle St Stephen's Centre. Information: 447 4784. Until Fri 3 Nov. Thurs. 6.30pm. Fri (schools performance) 10am. See photo caption. I The Scottish International Storytelling Festival Netherbow Arts Centre 43—45 High Street. Bookings/enquiries: 556 2647/9579. Until Sat 11 Nov. Proving the art of storytelling is far from a closed book is this 1995 Scottish International Storytelling Festival. with several weeks solid of tales for children and adults. Gather round at the right moment and you‘ll hear earth tales. traditional ballads and cross-cultural tales from Scotland and the Appalachian Mountains. Events take place at Netherbow Arts Centre unless otherwise stated. Highlights below. Storyhour Fri 3 Nov. 6.30pm. £2 (£1.50). This tea-time story slot runs nearly every day during the festival and is aimed at children and families. Today‘s story is read by Harry Holland.
In the Beginning Sat 4 Nov. 2.30pm. £4 (£3). Pat Keysell of the Compass Project offers up a mixed-bag of theories on how the world began with tales from various different cultures. music. mime and bold visuals.
Earthtales The Royal Botanic Garden (meet in the Exhibition Hall). Booking: 552 7171. Sat 4 Nov. 11am; 2pm. £4 (£2). A unique ‘Storywalk' through the glasshouses and grounds of the Botanics with tales of trees. stones (yes stones!) and animals from all over the world. Mungo 200 Workshop Sat 1 1 Nov. 2pm—4pm. £4 (£3). Explore the links between Scotland and Africa in song. story and picture in this special workshop with Koti Gift. Amu Logotse and Ewan McVicar.
Activities and Fun
I Green Woodwork Clyde M uirshiel Regional Park. Muirshiel Centre. 01505 842803. Sun Nov 5. lpm—4pm. Your chance to cause a stir making wooden porridge spirtles to help you warm up your winter mornings.
I The Pine and the Eagle Grangemouth Town Hall. Information 0131 447 4784. See photo caption.
I THE PINE AND THE EAGLE Various venues across the Central Belt. See Theatre listings. For more information call Sharon Simpson on 0131 447 4784. Until Fri 17 Nov. Ages 7—12. This environmentally-friendly musical adventure is brought to you by Environmental Arts and tells the story 01 Scotland’s natural heritage from the last Ice Age up to the present day. It’s all very interactive, with children encouraged to produce illustrations, learn songs trom the show or write poems and prose pieces which then become part or the set. Booking is generally done through schools, but Thursday performances at each venue are open to the public.
86 The List 3-16 Nov 1995