Royal Lyceum Theatre. Grindlay Street. 229 7404. Ages eight attd over. Set in the early days of World War II. Liz Lochhead‘s company the Nippy Sweeties tell the story of brother and sister and Hughie who find themselves evacuated to the country. A strange time for all especially as their host is the fearsome Big Wimmin Agatha.


Activities And Fun

Art Attack Sat l7 May. l0am—2pm at the Howden Park Centre and from l2.30—4.30pm at Burgh Halls. Linlithgow. £3.50 per class. A chance to experiment in animation techniques or make your own shadow puppet at this regular art workshop for 8—12-year-olds. Festival

Just Kidding Sun 25 May—Fri () .lun. Ticket from the box office 0l236 732887. May is definitely the month for all things child-orientated with the ninth Cumbernauld Theatre‘s Festival ()fTheatre For Children. The festival opens with a gala event at lpm and afternoon entertainment is on offer with the amazing circus feats from Mark Segal as Sparkle. puppet mayhem with Mr Bones plus singalong fun. stalls. bouncy castles and face paintings. The first performance is as follows.

The Singing Kettle -The Busy Road Show Tue 27—Sat 3l May. Tue—Thurs 10am & lpm; Fri l0am & 6pm; Sat l lam & 2pm. £7 (£6). Family Ticket £21. The stars of the popular children's television show are embarking on a new adventure. as the road safety conscious Cilla. Ante. Gary and Jane go on an imaginary carjourney. The emphasis is clearly on giving out strong road safety messages. but is packed full of son s and audience participation. One Hun red Million Footsteps Sat 17 May. 2pm. £2.50. MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. 0| 786 46l()8 1. Ages seven and over. Quicksilver Theatre presents the tale of boy shepherd Leo. who is called tojoin the artny ofchildren led by the Sheep-Boy. a strange child- leader chosen by the Great Sun.

The Singing Kettle - The Busy Road Show Tue 20—Sat 24 May. Tue—Thurs l0am & lpm; Fri l0am & 6pm; Sat I lam & 2pm. £7 (£6). Fatnily Ticket £2 l. MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. ()l786 46 l08 I. See Cumbernauld Theatre.


World Puppetry Museum Biggar Little Theatre. Broughton Road. 01899 22063]. As well as the regular puppetry performances at Biggar. there is also a permanent exhibition displaying an amazing collection of over 200 puppets from all over the world. with information on how puppets have been used to tell stories throughout world history. The tour is conducted by professional puppeteers. and you are encouraged to have a hands- on experience with some to the exhibits. which include rod. glove. shadow and string puppets.

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The 1997 Scottish lntemational Children’s Festival takes place in Edinburgh from Mon l9—Sun 25 May. in lnverleith Park. Access to the site is from Arboretum Road, opposite the main entrance to the Royal Botanic Garden. The opening times are Mon—Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun Ham—4.30pm. Admission to the site is 50p with the prices of individual shows listed below. Theatre and Activity Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3.50 for children. This ticket gives you free admission to the site and you can see up to four free shows in the Happy Tent. To book tickets in advance call the Box Office on 553 7700 or write to SlCF. 22 Laurie Street. Edinburgh, EH6 7AB. Altematively. you can purchase tickets in person from The Festival Box Office. lnverleith Park. Arboretum Road. Edinburgh. and Waterstone’s Bookseller. 83 George Street. Edinburgh.

Activities Around The Site Mon l9-Sun 25 May. Mon—Sat 9.30am—5pm; Sun I lam—4.30pm. All ages. Performances throughout the day with activities for the very young in the Safeway‘s play tent. The Africa Bus takes children on a journey of discovery around the continent of Africa. with the Kirkcaldy Museums and Art Coach offering an A to Z guide to the museum and its collection. Also daily performances from The Happy Gang. The Chipolatas. Krazy Kat Theatre and Dr Palfi 'the world's leading consultant


Activities And Fun

Taffy Thomas And Friends The Storytelling Tent. Mon l‘) May/Fri 33 2.15pm. 3.15pm; Sat 24 ll.l5am. I2.l5pm. 2. l5pm. 3.15pm: Stnt 25 ll.45am. l2.45pm. l.45pm.3.-15pm. 3.45pm. All ages. Tales of animals. giants. fairies and unicorns among other tltings. from around Britain and beyond with Taffy Thomas. Chrissy Thomas and Stefan Hannigan.

Move To The Music Music And Dance Studio. Various ages. The llelter Skelter Dance company will be running a programme of workshops with Afro Caribbean on Fri 23 May 2.15pm and Creative Dance Workshops on Sat 24-811“ 25 May. I 1.30am a- 2pm.

The Time Line Mosaic The Time Tent. Sat 24 May. 9 30am 5pm; Sun 25 May Ham-4.30pm. Free. All ages. This weekend workshop will give children the opportunity to reconstruct the time line

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MASTER OF THE IMPOSSIBLE Theatre Tent One. Mon 19 May 1pm. 3.45pm; Tue 20 10.30am; Wed 21/Thurs 22 12.30pm; Fri 23 1.30pm; Sat 24 noon, 2pm; Sun 25 3.30pm. £5 (£3) All ages. Tomas Kubinek’s outrageous antics will amaze and astound with his acrobatics, conjuring and clowning about in a most absurd and wacky fashion. From somersaulting backwards whilst balancing a glass on his head to flying above the stage on giant canvas wings, prepare yourselves, the 'certified lunatic' is here.

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Kaleidoscope The Art Studio. Hi 33 May. l--3pm; Sat 2-1 May/Sun 25 ll..i0am-— l .30pm & Z-me. £3.50. Ages seven plus. The Fruitmarket Gallery‘s art workshop is on the theme of light and movement. This hands-on activity looks at light. light waves. white light and the rainbow. ttsing an unusual combination ofcontemporary dance. video. drawing and paittting.

Making Airwaves The Media Studio. Sat 24-~Stm 35 May l l.30am-l..i()pm & 2~~lpm £3.50. Ages eight plus. A chance for children air their views as they learn the art of making a radio programme. Children will interview and report on

\ iews and issues that matter to them. from bullying to green issues.

Hans Christian Andersen The Museum Tent. Mon l‘)—Fri 25 May from 3pm; Sat 0.30am» 5pm; Stin Ham—4.30pm. All ages. Accompanying the current exhibition at the City Art Centre on the life and work of this famous author. a


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Sing In Space With Mr Boom Theatre Tent Two. Mon I‘) May 3pm; Tue 20 3.30pm; Thurs ZZ/Fri 23 4pm; Sat 24. lti..i()am. £5 (£3). Ages three plus. Calling all earthlings a visit from the one man band from the moon with his fun-filled siugalong.

Peter Pan "l'heatte Tent ()ne. Mon 19 May. 10.30am; Thurs 22/Fri 23 10am; Sat 4pm; Sun 1.30pm. £5 (£3). Ages eight plus. TAG Theatre Company's thrilling new production about the boy

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